Reference 4wt 476 FastGlass Fly Rod
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Reference 4wt 476 Fastglass
This rod oozes quality, from the packaging and workmanship to how it feels in the hand. I found it easy to cast accurately close in and at distance from the first time I picked it up. Loads of feedback through the grip and more power in the lower section than you would expect from a fibreglass rod. This is clearly a huge step up from the materials used in the past. A beautifully built rod that is a credit to the people at Swift Fly Fishing.
4wt 476 Fast Glass
Love my new 4wt Fast Glass, it’s faster than most all other glass rods I own, cast is accurate, very impressed with the Rod. I’m looking at other models now, Epic is making the best glass rods on the market in my opinion.
Great rod that is lighter than other fiberglass rods and posses good backbone but soft enough to handle light tippet and keep fish buttoned.
Purchased the Epic 476 Fastglass II Reference rod and used it for the first time on trout season opener here in Ontario, Canada (April 23rd). It was an amazing rod and helped me catch a lot of fish that day. I usually have a hard time keeping the fish buttoned when using a graphite rod in tight quarters because the rods are too fast but the fiberglass did a lot more shock absorbing especially when the fish jump (rainbows and browns). I like to fish relatively small water with casts within 15-30 feet and it cast really well with a Rio Gold 4 wt line, was able to get it out there 40-50 feet when necessary. In terms of balance, I use an older Abel TR2 (weighs 4.3oz) which balances out the rod extremely well, about 1.5 inches down from the top of the grip. The great balance makes the rod feel very light and crisp so you can fish dries, dry dropper, nymph or small streamers on it without having to worry about if the tip of the rod is naturally going to point up or down. I suggest getting a reel in a similar weight range for optimal performance. Before the Epic 476 I had a Echo Riverglass 4wt 8ft and it was a lot more tip heavy, my Abel TR2 would not balance it out well and I had to use one of my bigger reels but it just looked awkward on a fiberglass small stream rod (I think it was a Ross 5/6 evolution LTX). The accuracy was good, I needed to spend some time casting it as initially it didn't have the same accuracy as my graphite rods as the casting is a bit of a slower motion, the accuracy was better than my Riverglass though). It may have been that it was the first time out for the season so still working out the rust in my casting, but in the afternoon on the day, I felt a lot more comfortable casting into tight areas such as closer to down trees, logs, undercuts etc. One of the things that stood out was how the rod was able to mend line, a lot of the time the streams I fish require quite a bit of mending to get the drift correct and the Epic was able to do it well. It had enough backbone to lift the line (sometimes 30 feet) so I could get the drift right, with my old Riverglass, it was hard to get it to mend that much line because it was too soft. The Epic 476 Fastglass II strikes a good balance of softness in the tip but enough backbone to get good mends and overhead and roll casts done. One thing I do miss on the rod is that it is missing a hook keeper, I get around this by using a Fuji hook keeper but it is a missing feature for me. I can see why they did it, keeps the rod sleek and less things to catch but I like to hang my fly closer to the grip instead of on the first stripping guide for easy access. And lastly, when you get a fish on, it is a blast, the 476 has enough power to pull in those 15-17 inch fish while still making the 8 inch fish fun to catch, has great shock absorbing abilities, but doesn't fold over like my old Riverglass. Watch my day out with the Epic 476 Reference here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnXVOjwJSZU Love the Epic rods and eyeing the 370 reference now that it's available but the 580 reference is also really beautiful and seems versatile, oh the decisions!!
Great small creek rod
I purchased the Reference 4 wt 476 FastGlass rod for fishing small and medium creeks in eastern Pennsylvania. I love the action; it’s smooth as silk, accurate, and yet has plenty of power to handle larger fish. I’ve had no difficulty accurately casting 50 to 60 feet, even with moderate wind. Most of the fish I catch are in that distance range anyway, so that’s not a problem. I was so impressed with the rod so much that I bought a 686 FastGlass ready to wrap kit, which I recently finished.
Just unpack, and not fish yet. Just a few minute test on the roof. Great as any of my Epic rods
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