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Ok guys, looking at an Epic Bandit #10 kit. Anyone out there who owns one or has experience with the Bandit? Cheers
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Well, that's amazing. With the comments about the Epic Boca Grande, I thought you guys would have some comments about the Epic Bandit. I know that there is more than a few being used in NZ. Cheers
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Yeah, as a habitual graphite / fast rod addict I would be interested to try one. I checked out some online reviews on it after reading your post and have now had my curiosity tickled. I'm typically a heavy graphite rod user (9 and up) so my ability to adapt to this sort of rod might be difficult. Hopefully I'll get the chance
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Thanks for the reply Craig. I've made the commitment and am ordering a kit today. My rod building skills are much like my fly tying skills, so I expect the completed rod won't look as good as the one on the Epic site. Still, performance beats looks any day. Cheers
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Looked at the 686 Dick?, might be a little lighter than the Bandit but these blanks are built tough. the 686 is a stunning blank and has been regarded by many as the best 6 weight ever made.
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I might look at a 686 in a couple of months. I want a #10 for the big boys and I must admit to being seduced by the golden green blank. The Epic glass certainly seems to get all the ticks. Thanks Mark. Cheers
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I’m loving my 580 epic. In the green colour really looks great especially in sunlight - trout don’t seem too fussed about it .
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So many rods, so little time.
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One for Wolfie. The rod is an Airflo Ambush 6'6" #3, Leichi LD reel, unknown brand WF3F and 3 pound leader. The kahawai went 4.25 pounds and bent the less than 2 ounce rod right into the cork grip. Cheers
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That's fantastic. Must have been a heck of a fight.
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Yeah, it's a beautiful rod. I was very lucky getting it, the last or one of the last in stock. Cameron from Manic brought it down to the Turangi Fly Festival and after a quick cast on the side of the road, the decision was made and I purchased it through Hamills in Tauranga. It has carbon fibre built into the butt to give it hoop strength. I wanted a #4 as well, but they had sold out. It is a very light #3, so a good size kahawai takes it to the very edge of its limits. Cheers
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Beautiful fish and good capture on the 3wt , hoping to emulate that sort of result this season on my UL outfit.
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While out on the flats today, I was using an 8 foot #9 Echo Bad Ass Glass Quickshot. This is a fast glass rod and would make an easy changeover for someone keen to try swoffing with glass. I'm looking forward to bending it on a king. Today it was not to be. I had one follow on a blind cast and saw a small to medium size short tail with two or three riders. The fish came out of the glare and saw me before I saw them. Cheers  
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