Studio Built™ Custom - Our premium fly rod offering. The pinnacle of craftsmanship and performance.
Our mighty 888 was designed specifically for chasing Bonefish but is just at home wrangling large freshwater species like Carp, Pike and monster Muskie too. Given there’s not a flat where the wind doesn’t blow we’ve given the 888 an extra powerful butt section, strong tip and fast recovery rate to help punch a line out into those skinny water breezes. Exquisitely handcrafted to order and delivered directly to your door.
The easy casting soul and incredible strength of S2 FastGlass™
Experience the Epic® difference
Industry-leading fly rod blank specifically chosen & high graded for your fly rod build
Premium quality stripping guides (Titanium, or hard chrome depending on model)
Hard anodised reel seat ensuring a lifetime of service
Painstakingly handcrafted in our Wanaka workshop ensuring quality and durability
Superior service and ongoing customer support
Proudly handcrafted to order for you in New Zealand
Delivered direct to your door Once ordered it usually takes around four weeks to build your new fly rod, then we deliver priority tracked and insured courier direct to your door. We'll email you with tracking info as your rod leaves our studio workshop.
These are the smoothest, most beautiful fly rods you’ll ever cast. Purposefully designed and exquisitely handcrafted using only the very best components available. Premium quality stripping guides exquisitely finished in translucent Japanese silk wraps, each wrap incredibly strong and stunningly beautiful.
Every grip is of premium FLOR grade Portuguese cork traced from the source; a more perfect grip you will not find anywhere.
Each Studio Built Fly Rod is skilfully handcrafted for you our customer when you order it, no two are exactly alike.
Each fly rod is individually hand-crafted, balanced, inspected and tested here in our Wanaka workshop by one of our master rod builders. No aspect is overlooked, each fly rod is as perfect as we can make it and of heirloom quality. You’ll be passing this fly rod on to your kids.
Light in the hand and an absolute pleasure to cast; There is simply no better fly rod made - and your absolute delight is guaranteed.
S2 FastGlass™- not your papa’s fiberglass fly rod Epic™ blanks are made to exacting standards using a proprietary Unidirectional S2-glass composite. Unlike other fiberglass fly rods, this material features a fully unidirectional fibre layup which aligns fibres longitudinally along the blank where they are most needed. This recipe rolled to our Epic tapers combine silky smooth loading with trophy pulling power that we call FastGlass™. The result is an incredibly strong, light and powerful tube with a crisp, precise response.
I love fishing old glass rods, but the weight and old parts always pushed me back to graphite sticks. This glass is fun to cast, alive in hand, and insanely accurate. I’ll chase redfish and bass with this stick for years to come
Last year I bought a fastglass 868 for estuary work and was so impressed I decided I needed a fastglass 888. I used it for the first time in Sydney targeting yellowtail kingfish and it was awesome. It casts brilliantly and handles fish with aplomb. I'll be looking to get the 10wt Bandit in the future.
Picked one of these up to keep my Salsa 888 company, and it hasn’t disappointed. Feels a bit more balanced to me than the older 888, and still casts like a dream! Buttery smooth and great touch for sight-casting yet fast enough to handle the Hawaiian trade winds. Just slayed my first o’io (Hawaiian for Bonefish) on the rod this morning and found that, like the older Salsa, it’s got impressive lifting power for a glass rod. Doesn’t get much better than this... 5 stars!
This rod is the first glass rod I've fished in lots of years and it was a big surprise. The first time out with it we were on tailing redfish and it was a blast. Loads really well for quick casts in tight, but has plenty of reserve power to dig deep and turn over big flies at a distance. The S2 glass comes alive once the fish is on and the fun really starts then. Impressed.