Access Switch 5-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

Add some versatility to your fishing with this 11' 5-weight Access switch rod.


5⅛ oz. 11', 4-piece, Tip-Flex Fly Rod for 5-wt. line.

A perfect introduction to two-handed casting techniques, the Access 115-4 Tip-Flex Switch Rod is engineered to the performance standards of high-end switch rods, but comes with a price tag that's unbelievably low. Built on lightweight blanks and with an extended grip, the 11-foot 5-weight Access Switch fly rod can boom out overhand casts on expansive western rivers just as easily as it can help you roll cast your way out of thick cover. The extra length provides excellent line control, ideal for high-sticking, Czech nymphing, or swinging streamers for large browns. Never before has elite switch rod performance been available at this price.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 8 reviews


8 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Feel the fish - 11/25/2014
    By: from Essex

    I have various weights of switch rods, this one is my lightest weight. It is a pleasure to use for smaller fish and enable one to feel them while playing to the net.

  • 5/5

    switch - 11/10/2014
    By: from upstate ny.

    I purchases this rod for steelhead fishing and have not been disappointed . The rod is light in weight and has plenty of reach. It makes mending the line easy and has enough backbone to handle the largest of fish. The two handed casting opened a whole new dimension to my fishing. It is also a great rod when used with a switch line to throw large streamers on local lakes.

  • 5/5

    A great introduction to two hand rods - 11/6/2014
    By: from Westwood, MA

    Disclosures first - this is the sixth Orvis rod in my collection and my third Access rod. You could call me an Orvis fanboy. So when I saw that this rod was on sale at an incredible price I simply had to jump at the chance to get into the two-handed game. Quality of this rod is equal to my other Access, in other words very high. The rod is also very light for it's overall size. I have it paired with an Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor 4 reel and the 5wt Access switch line. It seemed to be the simplest way to get started. Overall it's a great combo and I look forward to many hours on the water with it.

  • 4/5

    Great Rod - 10/29/2014
    By: from Flagstaff, AZ

    Great rod, have not used it yet, but I have the 7 wt access switch rod that I have used for 4 years. I plan on using the 5 wt for swinging streamers for trout at Lees Ferry in Arizona, and for nymphing on occasion. I use it with a Mirage III. Rod tube came damages, but they immediately sent a new one when I contacted them, at no charge!

  • 5/5

    Sweet, affordable Switch rod - 10/21/2014
    By: from Thetford, VT

    This is one sweet, handsome and affordable switch rod. The tip flex and medium-fast action is just right to power a high line speed and create nice looking loops. My first experience casting this rod was on a remote pond in Vermont. To get used to the feel of the long 11' - 5 wt. rod, I started out using it as a traditional one-piece rod. It cast Very smooth casting with weight forward Hydros 3D line (highly recommended); it has the feel of a smaller, lighter stream rod. Then I switched to casting as a spey rod. Within minutes, I was able to cast two-handed into headwinds with confidence and place a fly accurately at long distance. I started right-over-left and switched to left-over-right, and was even able to complete some decent Spey casts! This is a fun, powerful and very affordable switch rod, and it's made right here in Vermont. Casting this beauty is shoulder-saving for seniors and others switching to two-handed Spey casting, high-sticking and Czech nymphing. Nicely done, Orvis!

  • 5/5

    Great performance overall - 9/11/2014
    By: from Colorado

    Took it up to st marys glacier lake to try out their dry fly action and not only was I able to get my fly out far from 7-10 ft from the bank but I was able to precisely put my fly wherever I wanted it to go no matter what direction I aimed. Great precision and distance I was able to get. Definitely a great rod.

  • 5/5

    Great Rod - 9/4/2014
    By: from Las Vegas, NV

    Casts just like i hoped it would. Usually after a few hours my shoulder would like me know i'm getting old, but not with this rod. Smooth, and Solid. Bought the outfit, but had to send the line back as it kept sinking 15' from the tip. Upgraded the line and can't wait to take it out again. One thing I didn't notice when purchased was it doesn't have a hook keeper. Not a deal breaker, but I walk a long ways to where I fish and it would be nice to have had one on it. I don't really want to hook the fly into the cork, or in one of the reel ports, but i guess I'll have to, or get an aftermarket one.

  • 5/5

    Most Excellent! - 8/20/2012
    By: from San Jose, CA
    Top 10 Contributor

    It's time to get over the stigma that switch rods are only good for Steelhead and Salmon; this rod will allow you to "Access" (sorry for the pun) the entire trout river without sacrificing the feel and fun that a lightweight single-hand rod offers. This rod is ridiculously lightweight and has enough finesse to high-stick some nymphs or delicately place a dry fly on the surface and has enough power to bust a 60-foot cast to the other bank with ease and still have a 12-inch fish put a nice bend in the rod. The Hydros 3D switch line works great for standard trout nymph rigs and dry flies. Put a Mirage V large arbor on it (to accommodate the larger switch line) and the whole rig is unbelievably lightweight. You will have so much fun with this rod... I certainly do!

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Access Fly Rods

Cast this rod once and you'll question the low price.
Cast it twice and you won't fish without it.

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.

Access rods feature:

  • New material with remarkable strength-to-weight ratio.
  • Lighter than most premium rods.
  • Remarkably smooth and precise casting stroke.
  • Root beer blank and woven-graphite carbon and champagne anodized aluminum gold reel seat.
  • All chrome guides.
  • Sunburst wraps with gold tipping.
  • Gold ferrule alignment dots.
  • Saltwater reel seat with cork-and-rubber butt.
  • Super-grade cork handles.
  • Safe Passage rod tube with internal dividers.
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