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888 FastGlass Fly Rod Blank

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  • Product Details

    Meet the very lucky Epic 888

    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.

    FastGlass II
    The Epic™ 888 is produced using industry leading Zentron 8 micron Unidirectional S-2 Glass. This next generationfiber 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 a tighter, more precise and stronger material. 

    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.

    Recommended line weight: AFTMA #8 

    Length: 8'8"
    Pieces: 4

    Extra Lucky
    In Chinese tradition, certain numbers are believed to be auspicious and possess special powers. The number 8 signifies prosperity and wealth and is viewed as such an auspicious number that a number with several eights is consideredvery lucky indeed. We think the 888 is extra lucky because, like us, it was made in New Zealand.

    Finished in new Electric Blue

    *Also available as a 'Ready to Wrap Rod Kit'

    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

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


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The Swift Fly Fishing Company 888 FastGlass Fly Rod Blank Review

My go-to fly rod

I was finally able to spin this one up with a carbon fiber grip and Snake Brand guides. This rod is butter. It casts so easily and far. For a glass rod, it shoots line very well. Casting is accurate and consistent and setting the hook and landing a big largemouth is like a religious experience. Great work (again) Epic!!

Jed L.
United States United States
The Swift Fly Fishing Company 888 FastGlass Fly Rod Blank ReviewThe Swift Fly Fishing Company 888 FastGlass Fly Rod Blank Review

Amazing Epic 888

This rod handles a line of 9 as effortlessly as an 8; the line stays high, the loop is tight, the shoot is endless. I launched a huge streamer with no problem. I can't wait to test it in real conditions in a terrain worthy of this rod. Fred

frédéric l.
France France
The Swift Fly Fishing Company 888 FastGlass Fly Rod Blank Review

My favorite weight - now in glass!

One of my favorite rods is an 8 weight because of its versatility; largemouth bass, pike, steelhead, salmon, large trout, redfish, and bonefish have all been caught. That’s what prompted me to build this 8 weight but I had no idea how sleek it would turn out. The slate blank just “pops” with blue-ish grey power. The weight of the rod is not light or’s just right. That translates into a rod that feels very stout but casts are easy and accurate. This is definitely a blank where beauty meets utility. Epic hit the ball out of the park with this one and the 888 should truly be THE standard in bigger game rods.

Joseph N.
United States United States

Epic 888

Good looking blank. For fiberglass, it is surprisingly fast. When the rod is ready, I use it for streamer fishing.

Finland Finland

Awesome blank(s)

A bit early for a performance report, but my new 888 blank looks and feels the goods for it's intended use as a 'light' saltwater rod. Flawless, arrow straight blank with perfect ferrule fit and judging from how it 'feels' assembled, it will fit the bill perfectly. A few projects to complete first, but it will be ready for our Summer.

Australia Australia