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6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Building Kit

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  • Product Details

    Epic 686 - The ultimate 6wt fiberglass fly rod in a kit.

    The Epic 686 is the most popular 6 weight glass blank on the market. A total ass-kicker, 686 presents beautifully but packs a bad attitude. This blank totally changed what is possible with modern glass, it is longer, meaner and stronger than any of it's contemporaries. Perfect for tossing big flies, big fish and light saltwater work. Hang on, you're in for a wild ride.

    The components in our Epic Ready to Wrap Rod Kit have all been specifically designed to work together. Each cork grip is ported to receive our Epic reel seats perfectly. Easily assembled step by step.

    Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6 

    Length: 8'6"
    Pieces: 4

    Each Kit contains:

    • Genuine Epic branded uplocking reel seat with color matched fiberglass insert
    • Genuine Epic fly rod blank + Matching reel seat insert
    • High quality fiberglass rod tube + Premium hand sewn rod sock
    • Premium AAA cork grip + Epic reel seat
    • Snake guide set + High quality stripper guide
    • Glue kit (preloaded syringes, grip & tip epoxy, brushes, mixing cups & full instructions)
    • China-graph marking pencil + Rod stands
    • Comprehensive 50 page build book with step by step instructions
    • Stickers / Decals
    • Japanese Silk threads. Each kit includes natural 212 silk (we include instructions on how to use this to make perfectly clear ghost wraps) and black thread for trims. 

    Got questions? - Drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you.

  • Specifications

    Recommended line weight: AFTMA #6
    Length: 8'6"
    Pieces: 4 
    Total length: 2,580mm
    ERN: (Unwrapped): 6.4
    ELN: 6
    Optimal Grain Window: 140 - 175 Grains
    Effective Line Range: AFTMA 5 / 6 / 7
    Action:Progressive / Mid Flex / Medium Fast
    Taper: Fast
    AA: (Action Angle): 68° (Fast)
    Blank Weight: 65g

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  • Why You'll love it


    Each Epic Ready To Wrap Kit contains everything you need to make a great fly rod. The very best fly rod building components available, all designed to fit together seamlessly. No Reaming, No Drilling, No Sanding - all Epic.

    No reaming, no drilling, no sanding. Too Easy.
    Building a great custom fly rod is no mean feat, selecting the correct matching components can be an intimidating exercise alone. Then there’s those wraps, the cork and glue...

    Our Epic Ready to Wrap Rod Kit makes life easy - we’ve done much of the hard work for you. The kit contains all the components, glues, rod finish and instructions you’ll need to build your own unique custom Epic fly rod.

    The components in our Epic Ready to Wrap Rod Kit have all been specifically designed to work together. Each cork grip is ported to receive our Epic reel seats perfectly. Easily assembled step by step. 

    Generation two nano-technology. Epic C series are a state of the art fly rod blank. The most sophisticated composite materials and production processes are used in their construction. Proprietary nano-resins, full Helical construction, multi modulus, and unidirectional carbon fibre - We believe this is the most sophisticated fly rod blank available

    Not sanded and not unsanded. Our SnakeBelly™ finish is produced by a unique radial production process. SnakeBelly™ delivers the toughest exterior finish possible. After production, blanks are first painted and then clear coated. This two step process produces blanks that are incredibly scratch resistant and very durable.
    Sure Fit Ferule
    Break a tip? we've got you covered.  This ferule system is so precise that parts interchange between models. Gone are the days of having to return a broken section to the manufacturer or outlet where you purchased from. Breakages can be addressed by simply sending out the replacement part.

    Benefits of our Sure Fit Ferrule system:

    • A secure positive fit eliminates knocks
    • Smoother energy transfer
    • Eliminates flat spots
    • Non slip - reduces twisting due to torque
    • Internally reinforced ferrules - eliminates ferrule fracture
    • Durable & scratch resistant
    • Gets better with use
    • Precise fit, sections are interchangeable, in the case of tip breakages replacement sections can be sent out immediately. No need to return the blank for a fit.
    Got questions? - Drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you.
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Cameron C.
New Zealand

Epic 686 ready to wrap kit

This was meant to be a one off but now I'm trying to figure out what rods to sell to fund another build! I really enjoyed the process. The rod itself is a beast and may have retired my high end carbon 6wt. It has been perfect in a small snag infested stream for XL Brown Trout and in the harbour on hard fighting Kahawai. My next (ultimate) goal is a Yellowtail Kingfish which I would never dream of targeting on a 6wt carbon rod.

The Swift Fly Fishing Company 6wt - 686 FastGlass® Fly Rod Building Kit Review
United States United States

Smooth and powerful

The 686 ready to wrap kit was easy and fun to assemble. I added alignment dots using acrylic paint between epoxy coats, and added measurement markers at 16 and 20 inches using the black thread provided. The instruction manual was very clear and helpful, as were on-line videos. The rod casts beautifully, and I look forward to fishing with it in the near future!

United States United States

Awesome experience

Great kit with awesome customer support.

Paul D.
New Zealand New Zealand

686-easy to follow instructions

The included instruction book together with the Epic rod building Facebook page, makes the whole process easy to follow and enjoyable. I cant wait to use my new 686!

owen y.
New Zealand New Zealand

686 Fast glass rod assembly

Delivery was prompt , my earlier questions were answered very promptly also . Rod build turned out very well. All components high quality , matched up now with 5/6 Epic Back Country reel / WF 6 floating line. Beautiful. Just need to get down to Turangi now . Thanks Epic !