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Reference 5wt 580 FastGlass Fly Rod

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  • Product Details

    The Epic Reference 5wt 580 FastGlass Fly Rod.

    Smoother than Barry White.

    Utilizing the same industry-leading blank & high-quality components as our Studio Built  custom collection but without the customisation options, the new 580 Reference takes it up another notch and claims the top rung on the smoothness ladder, this rod really is butter to cast.

    Did you say dry fly old chap?
    The 580 FastGlass is super versatile and super smooth. Our personal favourite, the 580 presents with grace and is the perfect presentation 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.  

    Experience the Epic® difference

    • Industry-leading FastGlass™ fly rod blank
    • Stunning FLOR grade cork grip
    • Hard anodised Epic reel seat ensuring a lifetime of service
    • Premium quality stripping guide
    • Corrosion proof black Ion-plated snake guides
    • SureFit™ Ferrule System for immediate section replacement
    • Stealthy and chip-resistant SnakeBelly ™ Finish
    • Translucent fiberglass rod tube and rod sock
    • Superior service and ongoing customer support
    • Finished in matching translucent wraps

    Finished in classic translucent Amber & matching translucent guide wraps

      Our SnakeBelly™ Satin finish is scratch and chip resistant making for an extremely tough and durable fly rod that is less prone to stress fractures caused by collisions with weighted flies. 

      In Stock and ready to be delivered direct to your door.

      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. 

      Every grip is of premium FLOR grade Portuguese cork traced from the source; a more perfect grip you will not find anywhere.

      Light in the hand and an absolute pleasure to cast;  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.

      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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    Top level

    the 580 offers a remarkable quality of fiberglass, a high-end finish, aesthetics and functionality at the height of a demanding fly fisherman. we are at the top level of excellence. Didier

    France France

    Way cool....

    I got this rod to fish for rare river-resident redeye bass in the US southeast. Prior to this, the biggest glass rod I has was a 476. This inches me dangerously close to traditional big river trout gear :)

    Bob M.
    United States United States

    Love the Reference 580 FastGlass Fly Rod

    I never owned a glass fly rod before I got the Reference 580. I don’t know why I was so hesitant to get a glass fly rod. The rod is so fun to cast and hook fish on. This is my new go to fly rod. I will never leave on a fishing trip without this fly rod in my car.

    A The Swift Fly Fishing Company Customer
    Dan R.
    New Zealand New Zealand

    What a Rod

    The Epic 580 Fastglass Rod is a Mind Blowing Rod to use. Used with 5 lb 12 ft Leader to a 4 lb tippet and Landing 5.75 lb Brown’s who didn’t play nice. Best Rod I now own.

    Warren H.
    New Zealand New Zealand


    My husband just recently got into fly fishing and he was thinking hard for a long time as to what rod he wanted to get as he took this hobby more seriously. He was introduced to Epic and instantly fell in love. Being the incredible wife that I am, I bought this as an early Christmas present and it was everything that he was hoping it would be. A work of art is what he calls it and he can't wait to put more use into it come next spring.

    Shea H.
    United States United States