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8wt - 888 FastGlass® Fly Rod Building Kit

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  • Product Details

    The 888 Ready to Wrap Fly Rod Kit.

    The very best components available, all designed to fit together seamlessly. No Reaming, No Drilling, No Sanding - All Epic.

    The mighty 888 was designed specifically for chasing Big Bonefish but is just at home wrangling large freshwater species 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.

    The Epic 888 has gained cult status with Redfish, Pike, Musky and Golden Dorado anglers world wide. If you're chasing big toothy courtiers - this is the weapon of choice.

    Regarded by industry pro's and glass aficionados world wide as the best glass 8wt made, the Epic 888 presents beautifully but packs a bad ass attitude. Perfect for tossing big flies, swinging streamers and saltwater work. 

    The 888 is as strong as an ox, super smooth and extremely versatile.

    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. These default threads can be substituted for other stock colours on request. View Stock Thread Colours
    Recommended grain window at 30ft: 202 - 218 GRAINS. 13 - 14 GRAMS
    Recommended AFFTA line weight:

    Length: 8' 8"
    Pieces: 4

  • Specifications

    Recommended grain window at 30ft: 202 - 218 GRAINS. 13 - 14 GRAMS
    Recommended AFFTA line weight:
    Length: 8' 8"
    Pieces: 4
    Action: Progressive / Fast
    Taper: Fast 
    Butt Diameter: 12.26mm
    Tip Diameter: 2.12mm
    Blank Weight: 89 gm - 3.1oz 

    Epic Fiberglass Fly Rod Blank
    9 weight 9 foot fiberglass fly rod blank
    Epic Fiberglass Fly Rod Blank

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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.
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    Mikko H.

    Very nice rod!

    I started building my new 888 FastGlass Fly rod last weekedn and the parts fit perfectly and I cant wait to start using the rod, but it takes time to build the rod with care and I enjoy the work, so no rush in building process!

    United States United States


    Great. Smoothest ever.

    Australia Australia

    8wt - 888 FastGlass® Fly Rod Building Kit

    Great kit with all necessary items to build this rod were included together with easy to follow instructions. This was my third Epic Build but the first with Ghost Wraps. The Epic Team were very helpful throughout my dealings with them, I have yet to put the Rod through it’s paces chasing Sea Run Trout and Salt water species fish which I’m confident the rod will excel given the weight and responsiveness of the Rod well balanced with 7/8 weight Okuma SLV Reel. Thank you to the Epic Team.

    The Swift Fly Fishing Company 8wt - 888 FastGlass® Fly Rod Building Kit Review
    Robert A.
    United States United States

    Ready to Wrap?

    My path is, I’m sure, like that of many others. Lifelong gear fisherman finally tries fly fishing and instantly everything that came before seems a bit, well, crude. The new obsession draws us deeper and we begin tying flies. Boxes filled with more nymphs, dried and streamers than we’ll ever use, we click through to that Epic ad. Another rabbit hole! I ordered the Fastglass 888 because I live near Tampa Bay and its redfish, snook and trout. The package arrived and I was immediately impressed by 1) the packaging and 2) the grip. I’ve never seen cork of this high quality. I’d intended to practice wrapping and epoxying by refurbishing an older rod before tackling the beautiful blue 888 glass, but the presentation and documentation of the kit Mede the process seem so approachable as to be nearly foolproof so I dove in. Each step in the process brought new satisfaction as I saw the results of newly acquired, growing skills. I built the rod with little difficulty and I’m proud of the beauty of the result. Today I used the 888 exclusively while stalking reds in knee deep water in Tampa Bay. It took a bit to adjust to the noticeably slower glass. My distance declined maybe 10%. But throughout the morning I gained a few moments when the rod felt more like an extension of me than my carbon fiber rods ever have. I look forward to dialing in my casting with this rod so that I can capture that feeling all day. Sadly, I didn’t get the opportunity to fight one of those reds (2 good shots, one spook and one eat that I didn’t set). This Fastglass 888 Ready to Wrap kit has been the perfect introduction and transition to this new dimension to fly fishing.

    John B.
    United States United States

    Top notch fly rods

    The glass 8 weight is my second Epic fly rods build. The kits are fantastic and easy to use. For anyone on a budget that can't afford the high price of top of the line fly rods, the Epic build kits are the answer. These are truly top of the line blanks that with a little labor I can afford for half the price. This 8 weight glass rod is my favorite bass rod and my epic carbon 6 weight is as good as any rod on the market. Thanks Epic for the innovative product.