Frequent Flyer 5-weight 8'6" 7-piece Fly Rod

5-weight, 3 oz. Travel Fly Rod


This fly rod is travel-ready. The Frequent Flyer™ packs right into your backpack, saddlebag, even your briefcase. This fly rod is great to travel with as you can carry it onto any plane without worrying about your fly rod making it to your final fishing destination. Keep the fly rod right in your vehicle, out of the way, for quick getaways at lunch, or pack it into the backcountry far easier than even a four-piece rod. These seven-piece rods for fresh and salt water are the most affordable, high-quality, high-performance travel rods on the market today. Built to our exact taper design, component, and production specifications, every step of the overseas production is supervised by Orvis. Take a Flyer!

Rod outfit includes:

  • Frequent Flyer 865-7 Fly Rod
  • Access III Reel - Titanium
  • Hy-Flote Extra Silver Label WF Floating Line - Yellow
  • 150 yards of 20lb Dacron backing
  • Cordura rod tube with internal dividers

Packable seven-piece fly rod design, 16"-17 3/4" collapsed. Aluminum oxide stripping guides, chrome snake guides. Hard chrome tip-top. Alignment dots for easy assembly. Fly reel seat: Freshwater - silver anodized aluminum with dark green woven graphite spacer. Saltwater - black, hard anodized aluminum. Protective Cordura-covered hard case with sleeve dividers. Fly rod is guaranteed only against defects in materials and workmanship.

Freshwater configuration. Versatile enough for streams and rivers, near or far. Target species: trout.

Fly rod is guaranteed only against defects in materials and workmanship. 30-day Risk Free Trial

Outfit Includes: Frequent Flyer Rod and Reel Outfit: 865-7 (8 foot 6 inches for a 5 weight line, seven-piece rod) Mid-Flex with a Battenkill Mid Arbor III reel, loaded with new Wonderline Generation III flyline and Dacron backing.

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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 17 reviews


17 of 17 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    grear purchase - 11/27/2013
    By: from Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Always wanted a rod to carry around with me this rod is perfect and the action is great and also the price is right this was agreat purchase

  • 5/5

    have a 3wt added a 5wt - 10/7/2013
    By: from Cowpens, SC

    great action rods for so many pieces these are great for traveling especially backpacking, Get one and get some fish

  • 3/5

    Don't get it personalised.... - 9/6/2013
    By: from London, UK

    Lovely rod, with a fantastic action, given that it's 7 pieces. However...the personalisation that I had added looks like it was done by a 5 year old. To be honest it looks classless and tacky, keep to just the plain rod!

  • 5/5

    Fantastic Frequent Flyer - 8/22/2013
    By: from Alexandria, VA
    Top 10 Contributor

    I purchased the Frequent Flyer 5-weight 8’6” 7-piece fly rod when Orvis first introduced these several years ago. I needed a rod to accompany me on frequent business trips across the country, where after work hours often allowed fly fishing. The rod certainly lives up to its billing as a travel companion, easily fitting into carry-on sized bags as small as a briefcase. Beyond its travel aplomb, the rod has also become a favorite for its casting ability. Orvis has truly accomplished something remarkable with a multi-ferrule rod, in that its casting performance is nearly indistinguishable from conventional two- and four-piece rods. I have used several reel and line set-ups with this rod; I have most often paired it with an older spruce green CFO III Disc reel and a Gen III Superfine WF5F line. With this set-up the rod’s casting performance has been outstanding on waters ranging from small western mountain streams to big eastern lakes. This is a fantastic rod of quality construction that has delivered casting performance and travel ability well beyond its price point. Worth your serious consideration if you need such a fly rod.

  • 5/5

    Outstanding Pack/Travel Rod - 8/6/2013

    This is a wonderful Travel/Pack Rod. It fits easily into one's carry-on luggage or packed in checked luggage. Used it on a recent trip to Montana and it preformed wonderfully and landed many a fish on the Gallatin and Gibbon Rivers.

  • 5/5

    That rod made my day - 1/27/2013

    As a German flyfishing instructor I own and use several rods. I bought the Orvis Frequent Flyer 5-weight 8'6" 7-piece Fly Rod for travelling without having the need to check-in big rodcases at airports. I enjoy the rod over the years. It always does a good job and managed to catch good fishes. Last year I´d had some flycasting instruction for one weekend. It was for advanced paticipants not for beginners. During that kind of instructions the rods get used through their paces. Usually I like to use my favourite rod which I take for fishing my home rivers. The first day was done and when driving home from the water (about 35 miles over motorways and through cities) the clutch of my car was broken. The next day I would have to arrive at the riverbank to continue the instruction due to the contract, but my car was out of order. So I thought about my motorcycle and the Orvis frequent flyer rod. In one of the motorcycles saddle bags I stowed away my waders and wading jacket, in the other the Frequent flyer rod with reel and bag for intruction-utilities. For making a long story short. The rod did a wonderful job, precisely service with short casts and smooth fly-presentation but also when casting hard with powerful double-hauls and casting a long line. That's how the instruction was a good success and the rod made my day. It was a wonderful combination of riding the motorcycle and fishing. Now I plan a holiday with the bike and the Orvis rod, a combined biking-and-fishing-holyday.

  • 5/5

    My constant companion - 1/5/2013
    By: from London
    Top 1000 Contributor

    The #5wt Frequent Flyer is perfect for my weekends away and holidays, fitting easily in my rucksack or suitcase. It casts beautifully and has caught me wild brownies on beautiful streams in France and rainbows up to 5lb 6oz on Grafham reservoir. Btw, it balances perfectly with the mid arbor II - a great combination. I love the fact that I will never see an evening rise and not have a rod with me (except on my wedding anniversary).

  • 5/5

    Adventure - 12/21/2012
    By: from Italian Alps

    I have seven Orvis rod and i love them for different reasons, but the Frequent Flyer is the one i put in my backpack to go into the wild. Power, accuracy, minimum encumbrance and mid-price make this rod the ideal choise to remote streams and lakes. Frequent Flyer is not only for travel, is for adventure.

  • 5/5

    Couldnt do without one - 8/21/2012

    Hi I recently "gifted" my frequent flyer to a very good friend who was traveling.... I missed it so much I had to buy myself another. I have used this in the USA on some quite big rivers in Montana and Idaho and I really like it. I usually use a 6 wt line with this 5 wt Rod and find it casts much better

  • 5/5

    Good enough as an everyday rod - 8/7/2011
    By: from Royersford, PA

    I needed a rod to take to Salt Lake City instead of flying with my 2-piece rod and a 5 weight Frequent Flyer seemed a good choice. After a day of business in SLC I headed for two extra days on the Lower Provo River. After fishing 6 weight Orvis rods with the guide the first day I was concerned my 5 weight Flyer would struggle the next day with the weighted nymph rigs needed on the Provo. No such problem. In fact, it did such a great job I didn't even notice the rod all day which allowed me to focus on the water. Often I find myself wishing for more out of my everyday rod; the Flyer just did its job perfectly without effort including landing a strong 16" brown out of rough water. I'm looking forward to using it for years to come as a regular rod. I continue to be impressed with the quality and design of each new Orvis product I buy and the Frequent Flyer is no exception.

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Frequent Flyer Fly Rods

The Frequent Flyer Goes the Distance
by Orvis Endorsed Guide, Capt. Dale Fridy

Orvis sent me an early sample of the Frequent Flyer rod. I'm able to recommend it highly to my customers who are gearing up for the salt. The Texas fishery that is my stomping grounds, the Lower Laguna Madre, is becoming more well known in the fly fishing world. For those headed to Port Isabel, Texas and the miles and miles of wadable flats harboring sizable trophy trout and tailing reds, it’s a great and affordable trip. So I get a lot of trout anglers on their first sight-casting, saltwater adventure. The price of gearing up for the trip with a Frequent Flyer rod doesn't scare them off. And I know they're setting themselves up for success with the Frequent Flyer. They'll make the casts they need to make, put the fly to the distance they need with accuracy and touch even with the persistent Gulf winds. On the Lower Laguna Madre, the opportunity is here to tag into a trophy sized trout or redfish. The Frequent flyer has enough backbone to play a fish, no problem. Another great benefit to the Frequent Flyer rod is that it’s designed to travel, just pack and go.

There is a side benefit to the Frequent Flyer for me: Those anglers that make it down here a day or two before their luggage at least have their rod with them!
- Captain Dale Fridy, Port Isabel, Texas. 954-943-7666.

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