Epic glass rods?

Discussion in 'Bamboo, Fiberglass & Classic Reels' started by Porter, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Porter Active Member

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    I remember this rod being mentioned before but could not find much through the search here. Has any one here built on these blanks? Used one? Curious of opinions or reviews if any to be had. Thanks.
  2. Cti111 Member

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    I'd suggest searching the fiberglass fly rod forum. There's quite a few posts & reviews of folks finishing out EPIC blanks. Some pretty kewl builds too.
  3. Randall Clark Active Member

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    I haven't had the opportunity to play with one yet, but judging by the way they're marketed, it's all about color and style, they don't really mention much about how it actually fishes in their marketing strategy. Personally, I'll stick with my Steffens, which fit my casting style perfectly.
  4. rudydodorico New Member

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    have a 7 1/2 4wt built by renaissance rods and i love it-prefer it over several other glass rod i have-if you contact renaissance he has a demo program you can try one
  5. constructeur Active Member

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  6. Lugan Joe Streamer

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    Randall, I agree that their marketing is mis-focused. Here are some specs and notes about the engineering and performance that seem to be accurate based on reviews by users: http://swiftflyfishing.com/pages/epic-specs

    Supposedly from actual early adopters they build into very high performance glass rods. As suggested above, check FFR for lots of commentary, the summary of which is this: The 480 is a semi-parabolic taper that's quicker than most comparable rods. The 580 and 686 are fast for glass, and very nice to fish with.

    I am personally going to get a 686 built up sometime in 2014. I'm waiting for the blanks to come out in darker brown color. I would never fish a fluorescent rod.
  7. Randall Clark Active Member

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    nice link, Lugan....for me, that's much more informative than anything in their marketing.