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Overall: 3.0 / 5 based on 1 reviews
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Great Blank, but... -
By: BaronB from Baton Rouge, LA
I purchased the Access 12 wt specifically to target Sharks in Louisiana and Tarpon in Flordia/Texas. I've only used the rod once for a Tarpon trip in South Padre Island. Blind casting the jetties all day can get tiring, but the Access 12 didn't completely destroy my arm. It was actually bearable. The blank itself is a great piece of gear. I can repeatedly bury the hook in a Tarpon and not worry about breaking the rod. My only complaint, however, is with the cork handle. Specifically the fighting butt. With the Orvis Mirage VII, the tiny 1" fighting butt is HORRIBLE. It's simply not long enough to get any leverage. Once buried in your stomach, you can't crank the reel without interference from your body if you're rod is in the water. At long distances, it was decent. But once the fish get's close to the boat, or dives, you literally can't reel without hitting your stomach. It needs to be longer. Also, once I got off the water, i untightened the reel seat and the ENTIRE REEL SEAT fell off. Thank goodness this happened on the last day of the trip. I plan to repair the reel seat and butt myself, and will be installing a better butt. This one stinks. Other than that, the ROD BLANK is amazing. For the price, it can't be beat. But please, Orvis, fix this useless fighting butt.
|Access Fly Rods|
Cast this rod once and you'll question the low price.
Pay more for remarkably lightweight performance? There is no longer a reason. The new Orvis Access™ Rod Series offers true premium-rod, weightless performance at a remarkably accessible price. The carbon-based composite blanks are impregnated with a new epoxy-based resin system with plasticizers for a stronger composite. This is a proprietary new material demonstrating an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, making these rods even lighter than some higher-priced models. Using proprietary tapers and actions perfected on Helios™ by Orvis rod designers over the past two years, Access rods offer a performance-to-price ratio unheard of in the industry until now. Access rods cast with the same power and precision as the highest-price rods on the market, are just as light if not lighter, and yet come at a price that is accessible to everyone.
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