The 580 is super versatile, super smooth and just slick as all hell. Our personal favourite, the Epic 580 is the perfect dry fly rod.
Our Epic™ 580 is crafted from Unidirectional S2 Glass, this material is stiffer and stronger than e-glass or standard s-glass. The 580 is a super smooth and extremely versatile fly rod blank.
Recommended line weight: AFTMA #5
Length: 8' Pieces: 4
FastGlass II™ All Epic "Glass" rods are produced from industry leading 8 micron Unidirectional S-2 Glass. This next generation fiber is specifically engineered for fly rod production and features 8 micronfibers developed and produced in the USA. These fibres are almost half the diameter of other unidirectional materials, resulting in tighter, more precise and stronger fly rods.
SnakeBelly™ 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 durable.
SureFit Ferule™ Break a tip? we've got you covered This ferule system is so precise that breakages can be addressed by simply sending out the replacement part. Gone are the days of having to return a broken section.
bought the 580 blank and wanted to wait to review it until i had a chance to cast it as a finished project. the blank was delivered faster than i could get all the parts i needed to finish it and the blank its self is excellent. straight, even and beautiful green color that sparkles a little. i love glass and i think it was the bright colors that kind of kept me from getting an Epic until now. Fast Glass was also a bit of a concern but after casting this afternoon im impressed. it is a solid glass rod. smooth, progressive action that bends the top 2/3rds of the rod and for me it is a spot on 5wt that doesn’t seem to be “line picky”. i strung up various lines and it cast them all with slight adjustments to my rhythm. it also cast a 6wt ok out to 35-40’ but i could feel some bending in the handle after that distance and i felt the bottom end power was lost a bit but that 5wt out to 60’ felt great and very accurate. the recovery was good also and i could make some very tight loops when i wanted to. won’t get to put it on water until the ice melts in NOCO and i am really looking forward to that. ill probably get a 6wt some time soon. Being called Fast Glass I was kind of expecting that the 5 was really going to be a 6wt, its not. so in hind sight, i would love to have a 4wt and a 6wt to cover my local streams but the 5 is nice and i am sure it will be great fun with moderate nymph rigs and even more fun with emergers and dry flies. nice glass rod.
A truly great feeling fast action glass rod that has plenty behind it to shoot accurately, but delicate enough to make the ideal presentation. Really impressed with this blank, especially the precision and craftsmanship. The attention to detail is clear, and has made me a believer in what Carl McNeil is doing with these rods
The 580 continues to be the workhorse...and for good reason
When customers ask my opinion on which rod to choose, the best advice is to buy the highest quality rod that will allow them to do what they want to do, the most often. The majority of the time, that’s trout fishing and I steer them towards the 580. It has delicacy for dries, power for small streamers, and the ability to work small nymphing rigs. Not to mention, the backbone to handle trout with ease....and then some. The new blank, somehow, improved upon the last one and it’s a dream to build-up and fish. Extremely versatile and smooth!