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Karstopo, I've been looking at Epic 888 Fastglass and Livingston Rod Company just announced an 8wt for the flats.

Waiting to see a comparison ...the Bad A$$ has a lot of followers also.
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I was always a Sage fan. As they progressed to faster and faster action designs I became less interested in their lines and looked to glass for a different pace. I found it in a couple of glass blanks by Steffen Bros. and a favourite of mine, by Kabuto of Japan. I turned to a highly regarded and very talented builder by the name of George Minculete of Tightloops to build both. The Kabuto is a 4 wt. and the Steffens is a 4/5 wt. Top quality and a pleasure to cast. I am sold on glass for the type of fishing that I do, small streams, rivers and small flies. My RPLs and Zenith rarely see water any more.
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This is my latest glass and it's of unknown origin. No text or stickers. Custom build.
It's 9'3" and I'm assuming that it's a 10wt. although I haven't test cast it yet
Unusual stainless sleeve (over glass butt) ferrule.
Balances well with that System2 10/11
$20.
Looking forward to it being my new favorite

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Had I tried to make that vid, you'd have to cut my head out of the knot.....

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Karstopo, I've been looking at Epic 888 Fastglass
flyminded, I own the Epic 888 and really enjoy it. The challenge with Swift is that very few shops (that I know of) carry their rods, so getting to cast one prior to purchase will be difficult provided you do not live in New Zealand. It was a leap of faith for me...and now I own the 888, the 580 and the gem of their line-up, the 686.

https://swiftflyfishing.com/
I believe they are offering a shipping deal in March...
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flyminded, I own the Epic 888 and really enjoy it. The challenge with Swift is that very few shops (that I know of) carry their rods, so getting to cast one prior to purchase will be difficult provided you do not live in New Zealand. It was a leap of faith for me...and now I own the 888, the 580 and the gem of their line-up, the 686.

https://swiftflyfishing.com/
I believe they are offering a shipping deal in March...
Hey shifty, what are your thoughts on the 686? I have been doing quite a bit of research and was thinking about wrapping my own. My initial thought with the rod was a streamer set up for her in CO to go along with my nymph/ dry dropper rod. I also do a fair amount of bass and warm water fishing around town and figured it would be a good fit for that application as well.

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You guys should really check out Livingston Rod co, I really enjoy their glass rods.
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flyminded, I built Epic 888 and used it for bass and reds down in Florida. I think the 888 is not just a myth or a mere good reviews. It a very good rod, so accurate for short and far cast. It generates good line speed and turns bass bugs easily. If you are building it, spline it and put the guides on the belly and use a large size tip top.
The only Epic that I have left is 686 3pcs a very good one too.....I sold the 888...I couldn't resist the offer.

I don't know about Dusty's Livingston rod, he just started his business about 1.5 years ago. But I heard good things about his rods; and Dusty will answer your questions about rod building or about his rods.
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Hey shifty, what are your thoughts on the 686? I have been doing quite a bit of research and was thinking about wrapping my own. My initial thought with the rod was a streamer set up for her in CO to go along with my nymph/ dry dropper rod. I also do a fair amount of bass and warm water fishing around town and figured it would be a good fit for that application as well. - sorry to hijack the thread.
I receivd it toward the end of last year and my first outing with it was last month. It handled a nymph rig easily. I'm willing to bet it will do the same with a streamer set up and a bass lures. If you visit the fiberglass flyrod forum, there are many posts on the 686 offering far more information than I can provide!

I'm going to Kauai next week and I was considering taking it for fishing on the flats, but I think the 888 will be a much better option.
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