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Studio 5wt 580 FastGlass Fly Rod

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  • Product Details

    The Epic 5wt Studio Built 580 FastGlass Fly Rod

    Smoother than Barry White.

    Studio Built™ Custom - Our premium fly rod offering. The pinnacle of craftsmanship and performance. 

    The 580 is super versatile and super smooth. Our personal favourite, the 580 presents with grace but has the strength and lifting power of a big five.  

    The Epic 580 is an extremely smooth and versatile fly rod and the perfect choice for dry fly fishing. Exquisitely handcrafted to order and delivered directly to your door.

    Our Epic™ 580 is crafted from Unidirectional S2 Glass, this material is stiffer and stronger than e-glass or standard s-glass.  

    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)
    • Stunning FLOR grade cork grip
    • Alignment dots for easy assembly
    • Personalised inscription 
    • Laser engraved winding check proving authenticity & ownership 
    • Exquisite Japanese silk thread wraps
    • 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.

    Recommended line weight: AFTMA #5 

    Length: 8'
    Pieces: 4
    Weight: 115 grams (4 ounces)

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

  • Specifications

    Recommended line weight: AFTMA #5
    Length: 8' 
    Pieces: 4  
    Weight: 115 grams (4 ounces)

    Total length: 2,438mm 
    ERN: (Unwrapped): 4.8
    ELN: 5
    Optimal Grain Window: 130 - 155 Grains 
    Action: Progressive / Mid Flex / Medium  
    Taper: Fast 
    Rod Weight: 112g 
    Butt Diameter: 10.28mm

    5 Weight Fiberglass Fly Rod - Epic 580 FastGlass fiberglass Fly Rod tailor made by the Swift Fly Fishing Company
    5 Weight Fiberglass Fly Rod - Epic 580 FastGlass fiberglass Fly Rod tailor made by the Swift Fly Fishing Company
    Epic Fiberglass Fly Rod Blank

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

  • Why You'll love it

    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 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.

    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 micron fibers 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™ 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.

    Handcrafted one at a time - especially for you
    Choose the options you'd like on your Epic fly rod and we'll build it for you with tender loving care right here in our Wanaka Studio. Each Studio built fly rod is handcrafted specifically for you from start to finish and each is identified by a unique laser engraved winding check registered against your name in our owners' database.

    Make it personal
    Add your name or inscription and we'll hand paint it on your fly rod. 

    The level or craftsmanship on each Epic fly rod is unrivalled. You will not see a better-built fly rod anywhere, better components, better workmanship, better attention to detail.

    Built Epic Tough
    Epic glass rods are incredibly tough. Our S2 FastGlass II has a far higher strength-to-weight ratio than Carbon fibre (graphite) rods. Epic FastGlass rods can endure more acute and severe bends than the equivalent Carbon fibre or even regular S2 glass, tip sections are stronger and far less susceptible to breakages due to high-sticking and problematic rod angles when pulling against load.

    Delivered direct to your door
    Once ordered it usually takes around two 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.


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Scott M.
Australia Australia

580 fastglass

The rod performed beautifully matched wit the epic backcountry reel it is now one of my favourite rods

Curt H.
United States United States

Motha Sic! Review of 580

Loved my new 580, first day I used on my home river, fishing a medium size foam fly from the boat and loved it! Fast for glass, turned over a foam fly but still felt like casting it all day with that traditional glass smoothness!

Michael M.
United States United States


It's a beautifully finished rod. While I have not had access to water I put it through its paces on our large lawn. I figure after 64 years of fly fishing and over 50 years of teaching casting I have a rough idea on rod performance. It casts beautifully from 15 to 50 feet and is quite easy to mend in any design your ability allows you. While it is easy to cast a greater distance, it is sensitive to power application and a misapplication of that power will give you the expected results.If you are a student of casting, this rod will make you a better caster. I do not question the fishability of this rod. Rarely do you have an excellent fishing tool and one that makes you a better caster all in the same package, enjoy, Michael Maloney

Mike W.
Canada Canada

Studio Built 580 Fastglass II

Even better than I expected, and I expected a lot. A thing of beauty, a joy to cast, and the real reason I wanted it, an absolute joy to fight fish with. I fish in tight quarters, on a spring creek with skinny waters and big browns, so I needed something that would enable me to cast accurately, and lay down flies softly to spooky fish. And at the same time, have the backbone to keep a big fish away from the snags. Done and done.. And I have the video evidence, if you are interested. The most fun I have had with my clothes on.

The Swift Fly Fishing Company Studio 5wt 580 FastGlass Fly Rod Review
Matthew M.
United States United States

5 wt

Beautiful rod, unlike any glass rod I’ve ever seen. Cast like a dream. It also cast a lot farther than I expected, effortlessly . I’ll definitely be buying a 4wt next.