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Introducing the Orvis Fly Rod Flex Index - What is it?
For the first time in the history of fly-rod manufacturing, we can take a rod and compare it numerically and precisely to any other fly rod in terms of its action. After two years of work, Orvis engineers have developed a numerical method and a scale to quantify the flex pattern of each and every fly fishing rod that Orvis manufactures. Each and every Orvis fly rod will have its flex index stamped right on the rod, just like the length and line weight. It will soon become one of the most important factors in your search for the right fly rod.

What does the Orvis Fly Rod Flex Index do for you?
It’s very simple. Let’s say you have a five-weight fly rod that you love dearly and think is the finest casting tool ever built. Now you need a ten-weight fly rod and you want the same familiar and comfortable action. Before Flex Index was developed, it would have required a long and laborious quest, casting a number of fly rods, trying to find that one fly rod that casts like your five-weight. With the new Orvis Flex Index, that problem is eliminated. You can now walk to the rack and find the fly rod that is labeled with the identical or closest number on the flex scale to the fly rod you like. Its casting properties will be similar if not identical. Most anglers will not notice a difference in rod action unless the Flex Index varies by 2 points or more. This will hold true for any length and weight fly fishing rod you decide you need. Each Orvis fly rod can now be identified as a full flex, mid flex or tip flex rod and can be narrowed down even further within those designations to an absolute number.

What does the Orvis Fly Rod Flex Index do for us?

It allows us to build better fly rods for you. The new Flex Index, coupled with a substantial investment in new fly rod technology and equipment, allows us to design, create and offer you fly rods of unmatched quality. This commitment to quality has kept Orvis firmly in the forefront of the fly-fishing industry for nearly a century and a half; it’s why we created the first unconditional guarantee. It’s why our service to fly fishing customers is second to none. Flex Index—at last the working fly rod is defined.

Full-Flex: 2.5 - 5.5

  • Well suited for close-range, delicate casting
  • Protects light tippets best because of full-flex
    shock absorption
  • Responds well to a gentle casting stroke
  • Offers superior “feel” on close-range casts
  • A favorite traditional action of Orvis anglers for
    many years

Mid Flex: 6.0 - 9.0

  • Excellent performance over a wide range of conditions
  • Suits a wide range of casting styles
  • Great combination of butt strength for fighting fish
    and medium flex for casting ease
  • An excellent measure of tippet protection
  • For the angler who needs one fly rod for a variety
    of conditions

Tip Flex: 9.5 - 12.5

  • Light tip for a “light-in-the-hand” feel
  • Helps the caster maximize line speed
  • Suits casters with quicker,
    shorter fly casting strokes
  • Strong butt section (in upper line weights)
    for fish-fighting “backbone”

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