A versatile rod for the angler who fishes a wide variety of waters, the 8foot 5weight brings balance to your casting stroke with its crisp yet slow presentation. Fish a selection of flies in small to medium-sized waters; the supple feel of the Superfine Glass will change the way you interact with all species, from bass to trout. Landing a fish is an entirely new experience with the slow action of fiberglass, and anglers who try it once swear they'll never look back. This line size throws small dries and nymph rigs with aplomb, and is a standard for many anglers around the world.
Get ready to change the way you feel. We've applied modern Orvis taper design principles to a classic rodbuilding material to produce a 5weight fiberglass fly rod that's smooth and slow, yet crisp and strong. The Superfine® Glass throws dry flies with a balanced touch and will even sling streamers when necessary. With unsanded S2 fiberglass blanks, uplocking cork and silver reel seats, and a hard chrome Litewire stripping guide, no details were spared in the making of this soontobe classic. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Rod outfit includes:
|Best in Class - Dry Fly Fishing Rod awarded by the Gear Institute's Fly Fishing Experts.|
|Gray's Best is considered one of the most prestigious sporting product awards and is chosen by the editors and staff at Gray's Sporting Journal.|
Overall: 4.8 / 5 based on 10 reviews
10 of 10 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Greatest Full Flex Fly Rod -
By: Ted2015x from St. Paul, MN
WOW! If I was limited to a one-word review, that's the word I would use. I've been fly fishing for a half century, and this 8' Superfine Glass fly rod is the smoothest, slowest, most pleasant casting and most pleasant fishing fly rod I've ever used, and I've owned many wonderful Orvis fly rods. Even a 5" bluegill is fun to catch! I've been using Orvis graphite rods ever since they came out, and they are wonderful, but who would have thought that we'd return full circle to fiberglass rods?! Graphite simply cannot match the incredible full-flex, slow, nostalgic action of fiberglass.
Smooth control -
I just stepped off the stream using my new Superfine Glass 5wt. Wow! Wow! This rod exceeded my expectations. Threw weighted nymphs with ease. Back cast and roll casts have to be slowed down but that's when the relaxation comes in. Not sure I want to use anything else! Great job Orvis.
Superfine Glass 8' 5wt -
By: Rowland from Washington State
I took this rod out and fished the Yakima river last weekend. The rod outperformed my expectations by a mile. It was windy and I was still able to cast a nice loop. The rod has a fine touch to it and some hidden power. This is now my go to rod and I have to many to chose from.
Better than expected -
By: Blackflybites from Windham, ME
I bought the 8' 5-weight after reading several online reviews. I haven't had the chance to fish it yet but I have played around with it in the yard this winter. I've tried several lines on this and I've found that a half size heavier is a hoot to cast on this rod. In the 30 to 40' range I was able to place the "yarn fly" exactly where I wanted it. I've owned other glass rods in the past and they don't even come close to the feel and accuracy of this one. The "build" of this rod is quite good and should please the most discerning angler.
good choice for a glass fly rod -
By: egglemont from Roy, Utah
I purchased A 8' 5 wt Orvis Superfine glass rod and have taken it out a few times and enjoyed fishing with it. The rod has as slow action and amazing backbone. I own many fly rods but only use a few of them. I see myself growing old using this rod. Two thumbs up.
Glass is not dead! -
By: MontanaTroutaholic from Missoula, MT
I got the chance to fish this rod at the Orvis Rendezvous that was in Missoula MT. recently. I have never been a big fan of glass rods as I have always found them to be "noodley" BUT that is no longer the case. This rod blew me away! As an Outfitter I fish a lot of different rods and I can tell you that with out a doubt this is one of my new favorites. It casts like a dream. You can hit all your targets with ease and the feel you have when fighting fish is amazing. Great job Orvis. you have made this graphite die hard a fan of Glass! Joel Thompson
Worth the chance -
I took a chance and ordered my first Orvis rod and first Glass rod. I am so glad I did. The rod just feels great in your hand and the line (Hydros 3D) matches nicely spooled on my Clearwater III click/pawl reel. I get more than enough line out and it feels effortless. My rod tube came scratched up pretty good, like someone was bowling for dollars down a sidewalk? I still give this 5 stars as I was buying what was inside and not a tube, though Orvis should make a phone call to the people in charge of the rod tubes. Overall, I'm a happy camper with my purchase.
Almost maybe pretty darn good -
Much anticipated 805-3 arrived from Orvis authorized dealer. A few complaints (1) Fiberglass case had many longitudinal scratches (2) the otherwise beautiful and consistent unsanded blank exhibited two tiny bumps just below the tip-top wrap. Possibly errant epoxy? (3) Alignment dots blend into wrap color and are not very visible on section. These things were a concern to me, yet might not bother some. On the positive side - exceptional balance with a loaded 4.2 oz. reel, great cork and a wonderful, not-too-soft moderate action. 4 stars could have been five but for the mentioned cosmetic points.
More than I expected -
By: JackCK from Atlanta, GA
I wonder if Sean Combs and the folks in the Orvis rod shop called out, "It's alive!" like Victor Frankenstein when they got to the production prototype. They should have. Smooth casting, especially with the Orvis Hydros Superfine line. With fish on, it has the shock absorption of a classic luxury car and the backbone to get them in and off the hook. I bought it as a niche rod for a couple of trophy trout streams I fish. Big trout, close quarters, fine tippet, delicate presentations. First trips with it were at neither location. First day was a small creek with average stockers. Roll casting was a delight and overall it was a point and shoot experience in terms of getting the fly right where you wanted it. Second was a large river where weighted streamers, nymphs, split shot and indicators were called for. No problem at all at the ranges I needed to fish. This rod is no show breed with finely detailed inlays and finishes. It is a good looking working breed ready to go over a variety of fishing situations and an excellent companion on the water.