Monday, September 10, 2018

SWIFT FLY FISHING - The Epic 580 is Back

Last week Carl McNeil of Swift Fly Fishing and I traded a few messages about what's been going on in their New Zealand shop as of late and since then the Epic 580 has been reintroduced and is now available as a Blank, Ready to Wrap Kits and Studio Built Fly Rods.

The next generation FastGlass II four piece Epic 580 is built out of S2 Zentron composite fiberglass and offered in the three colors of Amber, Nude and Olive. The FastGlass II blanks feature 8 micron fibers that are developed and produced in the USA. The unidirectional materials result in tighter, more precise and stronger fly rods.

From a angling and casting stand point, the Epic 580 is an excellent choice as a "good at a lot of different things" kind of fly rod.  Make adjustments with a short stack of different fly lines and you'll be ready for just about anything that you'd ever need a five weight to do from dry flies to nymphing and streamers.

SnakeBelly exterior finish gives these blanks unbelievable toughness and after production they are painted and clear coated. This produces blanks that are both scratch resistant and durable. The preciseness of the SureFit Ferule system means that breakages can be fixed with a black section replacement instead of an entire blank.

Studio Built Fly Rods now a new option for reel seat hardware with native New Zealand hardwood along with black or silver metal reel seats.

While we likely won't see these stateside, Swift Fly Fishing will be offering what they are calling "Epic Standard" built fly rods through their dealers in Japan and Scandinavia.  These fly rods will be offered in olive color only on the four piece Epic 370, Epic 476, Epic 580 and Epic 686 blanks and these builds will include a matching glass reel seat.

Visit the Swift Fly Fishing website for more information and follow along on Facebook and Instagram for the latest shop news and announcements.

P.S.  I've mentioned it before that I have an ongoing affiliate relationship with Swift Fly Fishing and this post is a good reminder that each purchase made from the links in these posts puts a few dollars in the T.F.M. piggy bank.  If you do place an order, please let me know by sending an email to  I'd be happy to send along a T.F.M. swag package as thanks.


pm1morecast said...

Cam, Not sure where your at in South Carolina, noticed last post was on the 10th. Hope your family and home is ok. Much love! from Grand Rapids Michigan

Cameron Mortenson said...

pm1morecast... Thank you for the concern. We weathered the storm just fine and the hiatus on the blog was from my wife and I were in Italy for a few days. Thanks for the shout. I miss my native state often.