Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Swift Epic 580 (TFM Loaner)

I brought "The Fiberglass Manifesto" Epic 580 loaner program rod out to Lake Newport today for some practice casting on the water Dang people - this rod casts good!!! If you are at all interested in casting fiberglass fly rods, but are not looking to take a leap of faith and just pick one (which is actually hard - most shops don't carry fiberglass) - you should check out the TFM Loaner program. This is the third rod I have borrowed (Orvis Superfine Glass 7'0" 3wt, the majestic Kabuto 7033, and this Epic 580) and the exposure to different rods and the work of different builders is awesome. This is a nice rod. Crisp, responsive, and mellow. I could easily control around 30-40' of line. The aesthetics are awesome (Tight Loops build by George M). But, the 580 is not as nice as the Epic 686. I'll bring both out in the next couple of days and make a few casts.

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