Got a chance to try out my two new personal Epic builds. A Mocha 580 Fiberglass and a 590C. Also my new Galvan Torque 5, Cortland Sylk. Oh ya, the Bronze color on the Galvan is not currently an option Eat your hearts out.
Mocha 580. I won't go into much detail on the Epic Fiberglass. It isn't much of a surprise to anybody that I love the Epic fiberglass line of blanks. Epic and Steffen Bros are my top two favorites fiberglass brands to build and fish on.
The 590C is a wind monster. It is an un-sanded carbon blank which leaves unlimited options for color combos on a custom build. For anybody who has fished the Kern River in the afternoon you know the winds that coming bombing down the canyon. The 590C didn't even flinch. Lined with my new Cortland Sylk I had no issues with the wind. I tried casting into, across and downwind with no issues. Threw out roll cast further than I have with other 9' rods. Not much else to say about the 590C other than it is worth every penny
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Cortland Sylk, it is a line designed to mimic traditional Silk without all the maintenance that comes with silk. The Cortland comes with a welded front loop. The jury is still out on the welded loop. It hung up in the tiptop a couple of times, but if it becomes too much of a pain I can always cut it off.
Unfortunately I haven't gotten one of the Swift lines that are offered for the Epic rods to compare it to..... yet.