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  • Writer's pictureStephen Christopherson

Building an Epic 686 Fly Rod

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

The heart of this fiberglass 6 weight fly rod is an Epic 686 4-piece blank in amber color from Swift Fly Fishing, New Zealand. The grip is a fiberglass/carbon fiber one I fabricated in my own studio. In my opinion, the Unidirectional S-2 fiberglass material, superb tapers, butter smooth feel and stunning finish make the Epic glass series rod blanks the best on the planet. Want to really geek out? Check this link out and read all about the technology in the Epic blanks

Though, even with a superb rod blank, a poorly executed build can result in a…meh…mediocre result. I show you how I do it in a multi-part video series, from start to finish...

Below is a list of the components I am using on this build and where to get them:

  • Epic 686 Amber from

  • Custom fiberglass/carbon fiber grip (a Wayward Angler fabrication)

The other components below are available from

  • Batson Forecast Y Fly Seats (gunsmoke with burl insert)

  • NIckel Silver Winding Check, size 26

  • Snake Brand SBT Regular Loop Black Nickel Tip Top, size 5

  • Snake Brand Universal Black Nickel guides (eight in size 1, and one in size 4)

  • Struble Select Series Agate guide, Medium Amber (one in size 12/stripping guide)

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