As smooth as glass
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: funkyflytying.co.uk
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.