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Overall: 3.8 / 5 based on 11 reviews
8 of 11 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
This is a great rod , I went out Sunday and bought the first steelhead of the year on it .
Good workhorse switch -
By: ChrisSchalz from Ohio
A good no frills rod that handles skagit lines very well. Casts well overhead and with spey/skagit techniques. With a 465 gr head it is a total rocket launcher. Good US made rod for the money
Top of the Line -
By: Karoondinha from Spring Creek Country, PA
Top 500 Contributor
After spending a few days in Michigan with this rod and others I can honestly say I am impressed with what this rod can do. We had several rods with us but kept fighting over who got to use this one because of how lightweight and easy to cast this stick is. This rod was great for the guys just learning when our experienced guides would actually give it up for a few casts. If you are considering making the switch, this rod is worth it. Easy to cast and light make this a great tool for swinging or nymphing for steelhead.
It's a fine rod -
By: heo9542 from San Diego, CA
Top 500 Contributor
I am new to switch rods but I have been wanting to try for awhile. This rod is great. I am still working on spey casting,but as for over head casting, if I use a roll cast pick up I can get 100 feet of line out with one back cast. I see reviews of people having problems with the reel seat, I personally have no problem with it. Just as long as you tighten will it hold the reel just fine.
Over priced... Over rated -
I am now on my third 7wt Access Switch Rod. It snapped on me at the second ferrule, the first week I purchased it. I sent it back and of course it was repaired... Then when Steelhead fishing in it snapped in the same place... This time, I was in the middle of the stream, .. Of course, Orvis repaired it... but it should not have broken in the first place. I cannot recommend this rodt. I am pretty disappointed with this product.
This Rod is Suh-weeet! -
By: NNCC from San Jose, CA
Top 10 Contributor
Orvis hit a home run with this rod! Extremely lightweight, tons of power, and super smooth action. I use a 450 grain compact skagit and it throws it like a champ, even with a heavy sink tip attached. Using it to high-stick is wonderful and the rod is very accurate on 30-foot casts as well as 80-foot casts. Reading the other reviews, I have never found the reel seat to be an issue. The Mirage V large arbor that I use on it has always been secure. Maybe Orvis has fixed the issue regarding the flimsy reel seat.
Poor Reel Seat -
I purchased this rod only to return it a few days later. Reel seat is poorly designed. Tightening the nut as snug as you can get it and the reel still moves. My old Clearwater rod has a better seat.
Excellent action -
By: RogG from Ohio
I have used the rod 4 time and am impressed on the lightness and performance while chasing steelhead. I have cast both spey stile and regular.
Great Switch Rod -
By: Bporter from Flagstaff, AZ
Light, beautiful, and functional. I plan on using it at Lees Ferry in AZ for big rainbow trout, as well as when I visit the Pacific NW for Steelhead. Great Rod!
Access Switch -
Rod has great action and is easy to cast with two-handed maneuvers. Fairly accurate. Only dissapointment is the flimsy reel seat. Would have been nice to have more solid attachments on that end.
|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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