This bamboo fly rod delivers a classic feel, versatility and incredible performance.

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  • 8-foot, 3-piece bamboo rod for 5-weight line
  • Downlocking nickel silver reel seat with Vermont maple burl insert
  • 6½" full wells cork grip

The Story

8-foot, 3-piece bamboo rod for 5-weight line. The 1856 is made to be fished. When modern design philosophy meets a classic material, something incredible is bound to happen. This 8' 5-weight rod was inspired by larger Western rivers, and is at home on waters from the Delaware River to Silver Creek. Hollow build means both light weight and quick rebound with less vibration and bounce, while a downlocking nickel silver reel seat with Vermont maple burl insert and a 6.5" full wells cork grip mean performance designed to do more than just rest on the mantel. A progressive flex means you can under-line for a faster feel, or over-line for a slower cast. This gives you an opportunity to play with preferred loading for various situations.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Modern Classic I have fished with quite a few bamboo rods: Leonards, Paynes, Hardys, and a Paul Young. This rod is right up there with the best of them. If one had to own just one bamboo rod that is designed to be fished and is a great all around trout rod, the 8 ft. "1856" is it in my opinion.
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 1856 Bamboo Rod The full wells grip seems significantly smaller than they used to be. For older, somewhat arthritic hands, small grips make for painful casting. The grip would be much better a little beefier. Think bicycle grip full wells and spaghetti grip full wells--bicycle thickness will handle (pun intended) better. If this rod were a 5' rod, the small full wells grip would probably work well, but a 5' rod would have a small, tapered grip wouldn't it?
Date published: 2021-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Useable Piece of Modern Fly Fishing History I own three other modern Orvis bamboo rods, two Battenkills and a Madison, purchased over the past 15 years or so. I tend to purchase Orvis bamboo rods to celebrate career milestones, and I really enjoy fishing them. Since this rod’s release, I waited almost a year for such an occasion and having purchased and fished this rod hard for several months now, I feel qualified to write a review. First off, Charlie Hisey did a masterful job designing and building this rod. The overall execution is superb and I consider his hollow-build, three-piece, eight-foot, five-weight design to be an idea all-round fishing rod. It is easy to travel with, and it has proven to be effective on everything from small stream brookies to farm pond bass (with a six weight line, it may even handle light salt water). Paired with my CFO III, the down locking reel seat and full wells grip (both firsts for me), allow me to obtain a perfect hand position and tip-to-seat balance for effortless casting and pinpoint accuracy under all kinds of fishing conditions. Regarding the tip, while traditional Battenkills, by definition, come with an extra tip, this rod is anything but traditional in its construction and I believe a second tip is superfluous. This is not a hit on those who have purchased the rod with an extra tip; it reflects my experience with modern impregnated Orvis rods – each of mine have been completely maintenance-free, none of them have even the hint of fighting or casting sets and exercising moderate care, I have never broken a tip, or loosened a tip-top, ferrule or guide. I expect that this rod will perform as well for decades. I enthusiastically recommend this useable piece of modern fly fishing history. My thanks to the outstanding crew at Orvis, Tysons. Tight lines..!
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Rod This is a great bamboo rod. Only one problem should have 2 tips. Anyone know the price of a spare tip? Thanks
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought the combination and all I can say is WOW! From the wrappings to the reel seat, this rod is amazing. The rod flexes in the exact spot where a bamboo rod should and casts beautifully. The line control is overwhelming. It has been my experience that bamboo rods truly aid in fly imitation. This rod will handle any situation. From imitating a caddis ascent to the surface, dead drifting a stone fly under an indicator, or lightly landing dry fly on the surface, this rod has you covered. I own a few Battenkill's, Leonard's, and Phillipson's. I speak truly here, this is one of my favorite rods. You can also buy a spare tip which I did. My complements go to the builder of this rod, the Orvis company, and all those individuals who made this buying experience a true pleasure. Well done everyone!!!
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile and made to Perfection I was aware that a new ORVIS bamboo taper would arrive in 2016 since awhile (Tom Rosenbauer announced it in a video clip in 2015). I ordered the rod through ORVIS UK, Clearwater House. After a short wait of two months (which is nothing for a bamboo fly rod) the rod arrive safe at my home. I did ordered the outift (fly rod, CFO III reel and a SUPERFINE WF 5 F fly line). The inventor of this rod, Charly Hisey in my opinion makes the best casting bamboo fly rods coming from a fly rod factory. My ORVIS Penn´s Creek WF 4 F is another gem he made. My 1856 rod is free from any cosmetical blemishes (no glueing line, very good cane). The cork quality on this rod is absolutely outstanding, far better than on any other bamboo or graphite fly rod I own. The wood spacer is georgeous with a very distintive texture. The wrappings and coatings are flawless as well. I would give 20 stars here if possible. This Bamboo rod is hand-milled and hollow-fluted. It weighs in with 5 ½ oz. But the rod does not feel tip heavy at all. The rod comes with one tip. This is acceptable as the rod blank is impregnated and was made using modern glues. As such a second tip might not be needed. I pair the rod with a GALVAN T5 fly reel in Bronze (the brownish-red reel color and the maroon rod wrappings match in color). The T5 reel (4.73 oz.) balances the rod well. I think the T6 or an ORVIS MIRAGE reel in size III would also work fine here. I use an SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS Sharkwave Ultimate Trout WF 5 F fly line (very similar if not identical to the ORVIS HYDROS 3D Trout taper). Also it works with the same fly line in WF 6 F mounted on a T6 reel without overlining the rod. The RIO Perception WF 5 F is another matching fly line here. The ORVIS bamboo 1856 is capable of any fly fishing application from small dry flies, wet flies to heavily weighted nymphs or small streamers. The rod is medium-fast and can adopt to the casting style of any fly fishermen. It easily casts 50 -60 ft but comes alive already with 2 feet of fly line out. It is also very accurate and will place the fly exactly where it was intended to land. After fishing for some minutes, I simply forgot the rod. The marketing says that the Bamboo 1856 is a HELIOS 2-taper in bamboo. I do not know if this is true, but I think that Charly Hisey again raised the bar for the production quality and taper invention of a modern bamboo fly rod. He is the best ORVIS rod maker of all times. Thank you very much for such a versatile fly rod again.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely lightweight bamboo fly rod. I recently purchased this rod from Orvis in Bakewell, England. Its an easy to cast bamboo fly rod, thats precise and makes casting very satisfying. A few weeks later I took this rod to Suffolk for a weeks holiday where I caught 30 plus hard fighting trout up to two pounds in weight. The rod performed well, its impregnated so its almost bombproof. I think that if Orvis Included a second tip section so I could rotate them about so as to lessen the wear and tear on the rod this would be a real plus.
Date published: 2016-05-01
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