Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Swift Epic Demo Blanks In The Mail

As Carl McNeil of Swift Fly Fishing was getting close to releasing their line up of Epic fiberglass fly rod blanks, he contacted me to discuss sending a few blanks to demo and review on T.F.M.  As neat as that might have been I really figured the best use for these blanks was to have them built and then added to the T.F.M. Fly Rod Loan Program so that potential customers could actually cast one of these fly rods before making the investment in a blank that they may or may not like.

Over the course of a few weeks, Carl and I worked together and tapped three top tier custom fly rod builders to finish out three of the Swift Fly Fishing Epic blank offerings.

The three builders that agreed to assist with this project are Indi River Rods, Leiderman Rods, and Tightloop Fly Rods

Indi River Rods agreed to build the Epic 686, Leiderman Rods the Epic 476, and Tightloop Fly Rods the Epic 580.  These should all prove to be stunning builds on very interesting blanks both from a looks and castability standpoint.

The photos in this post show the Epic blanks as they were being packaged and shipped from New Zealand early last month and each blank has arrived at the shops listed above.

Look for updates on T.F.M. along with each of the builder's websites or blogs as these builds come together.

Check out the Swift Fly Fishing website for more information on the Epic fiberglass blanks.

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