Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Rod Build - Epic 476

I wanted to see what all the fuss is about with fiberglass rods.  So I decided to build myself one.  I saved up some money and ordered myself an Epic 476 in soo blue. 

It took about a week to get in and I was impressed. I tried an experiment with thread but it did not work out. So I ordered some YLI to wrap up the Snake Brand Guides.   Also ordered an agate stripping guy from J.E. Arguello.

One that didn't work

Much better

I decided to stick with the Ritz style handle that Zeb from Snowman Custom Rod Works showed me.  I love the feeling of this style.  It gives you a great ergonomic feeling and power.

The reel seat is nickle silver and a maple birdseye insert.

Got everything together and matched it up with a Hatch Fintastic reel.

Casting fiberglass is very different then graphite.  The Epic made my graphite feel like a broomstick.  It does take some getting use to.

I have only taken it out twice for an hour each time.  Only a little rock bass and a three inch wild brownie were landed.  So I am still waiting to see what fiberglass feels like with a decent fish on it. 

Hopefully that will come soon.  

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