Swift Fly Fishing

This material is stronger and more precise than the previous version of FastGlass.

New Materials for Fishing Rods

The art of fly fishing requires rods that are responsive to the skills of those casting the lines. Experienced manufacturers of rods are constantly looking for new materials to improve the strength and responsiveness of rods. Enthusiasts want rods of high quality to match their skill levels after years of honing them. Technology plays an important role in that quest. Materials are often developed for other industries and modified to accommodate the rod making process.


Epic rods, which are handcrafted and made to order, recently revised the materials used in their FastGlass rods. The new material used is unidirectional S-2 glass. This is the same material used in wind turbine blades, military aircraft, and helicopter blades. A different grade of the material was designed specifically for this sport and is made in the USA. Sourcing it directly from the manufacturer ensures a steady supply at an excellent price.

This material is stronger and more precise than the previous version of FastGlass. The other material used for rods, carbon fiber, has also been improved to be lighter and more responsive. The changes not only enhance the enjoyment of customers, they provide a competitive edge for the company that uses it first. Arranging to use new materials exclusively sharpens that edge. Epic is the only manufacturer that offers a wide range of rods in both types of materials.


Enhancing the Material

Once materials have been modified, companies proceed to enhancing them. That can mean offering new colors, adding new finishes, or making improvements on related accessories. The new colors serve to distinguish the new materials from the previous materials. Continuing with the Epic example, stronger ferrule tips are constructed to align with the stronger FastGlass material. That enhancement of the tips makes for a virtually unbreakable rod.

Sudden Success?

People thinking that new materials in the rod will suddenly make them better at casting and increase their catch of the day will be disappointed. Sudden success, regardless of marketing claims, is akin to a fairy tale. Alas, the only way to get better at casting is to spend more time practicing. Remember the rod is more responsive to the caster, so if the caster does not have advanced skills a new rod will not suddenly supply desired skills.

DVDs, YouTube demonstrations, and tips or tricks provided by accomplished fishing experts can help improve casting. Practicing the techniques both with and without a rod is also helpful. Let the reward of a rod made of new materials be the motivator for achieving that goal.