As smooth as glass

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Tackle -

At first, peo­ple might ask: why de­velop a new rod in glass-fi­bre when tech­nol­ogy has moved on? One an­swer could be that fish­ing is much more than just catch­ing fish in the most ef­fi­cient man­ner pos­si­ble; it’s about the ex­pe­ri­ence, the the­atre. And while this may be a glass-fi­bre rod, it is a very dif­fer­ent beast to those of the 1970s. The 476 Fast Glass II from New Zealand­based rod-builder Epic uses uni­di­rec­tional S-2 Glass-fi­bre com­pos­ite. It's claimed these fi­bres are al­most half the di­am­e­ter of other uni­di­rec­tional ma­te­ri­als, re­sult­ing in stronger and more pre­cise rods, while the need for less resin to stiffen the blank means that they are very light. We would de­scribe the ac­tion as medium, but the rod de­liv­ers sur­pris­ingly sta­ble loops and ac­cu­rate casts of up to 20 yards in favourable con­di­tions, with tan­gi­ble power in the butt. So, the 476 de­liv­ers on per­for­mance, but what about the the­atre? This starts as soon as you pick up the rod tube, which is also glass-fi­bre and pulls apart like the sec­tions of a rod. Made in four pieces, the rod is an at­trac­tive translu­cent green. Clear whip­pings mean the chrome snake guides are fully vis­i­ble and they have align­ment dots for each sec­tion, which adds to the smooth, glassy look. The for­giv­ing ac­tion sug­gests this rod could be per­fect when there is a need to pro­tect ex­tra-fine tip­pets, on rivers or for sim­i­lar close-quar­ters work with tiny flies. As well as the 7ft 6in, 4wt we cast, an 8ft 5wt and 8ft 6in, 6wt are also avail­able. Should you break a tip, the fer­rules are so pre­cisely made that Epic can send you a re­place­ment sec­tion with­out the need to re­turn the rod. EPIC 476 FAST GLASS II £549 Tel: 01823 617 373. Web: funkyfly­ty­

Reel seat is also green glass-fi­bre and the half-wells grip is made from topqual­ity cork. It's just a rod tube but it's well made and adds to the pride of own­er­ship.

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