Tumbling mountain streams demand accurate casts and delicate presentations. Deliver miniscule dry flies gently with our Clearwater 763-3, the perfect fishing tool for small water and dense cover. With a soft action and forgiving stroke, you'll cast with ease, feel every head shake, and commune with fish in a way you never thought possible. From small freestone streams to meandering spring creeks, this rod can do it all, anywhere, at an amazing value.
Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 22 reviews
22 of 22 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Excellent Fly Rod -
By: Markum from Craftsbury, VT
I'm very happy with my Clearwater 3 weight! It has a mid flex action which casts precisely and delicately out to 50 feet. It is forgiving if you miss-time your rythym! Pair it with a Battenkill 1 reel and its perfect on a small river or pond on a wind free day. Playing even a 6" Brookie is great fun!
Well made but disappointing action -
By: HarryBrainch from East Africa
The rod seems well-made, and has plenty of power for a 3wt, allowing for longer casts and bigger fish to be fought. However ... I was disappointed with the action - it is overly rigid and unrefined with no real sensitivity at the rod tip, making delicate casts difficult and fighting smaller fish an exercise in restraint. This being an entry-level Orvis rod one should perhaps not expect too much, and some of this is down to personal choice. However when compared with an "Access" rod of similar weight the difference is enormous. I feel that for nearly $200 Orvis could do much better, and I have experienced similar performance from a rod at half the price. I will be returning my rod for exchange. (Orvis - what happened to the Access Range, which sat nicely between entry level and the Superfine?!)
great rod and a great deal! -
By: PBegbie from Paradise,CA.
First of all I'd like to give a shout out to the on line sales people that helped me purchase this rod.The Orvis staff went out of their way to make sure I was happy with my purchase! I've only used the Clearwater a hand full of times so far but the action and sensitivity are very nice. Craftsmanship is clean but would love to see all of their equipment made in the US.It casts accurately and has handled a couple of good sized trout on my last outing. You won't go wrong with this piece!
A great little 3wt! -
By: chbiii from Sewanee< TN
I have had my clearwater 3wt for two years now. I have fished it in freestone stream of east TN. I landed some nice brookies up in the mountains and some 12-14 inch rainbows in the Tellico. Last night I went bream fishing on a local pond. I was casting a size 8 popper with a bream killer dropper 35-40ft with ease and a small wooly bugger 50-60 ft. I landed a 10in crappie, a bull bluegill and 2 14in bass with no problem. The rod is fun to fish! The best part of Orvis is the warranty! I recently sent a 20 year old 5wt clearwater back and no questions where asked, The rod repair team has bend over backwards to upgrade my rod. The rods are great, the action accommodates a relaxed casting style and customer service is unparalleled!
feels really well balanced -
By: Dr907 from Anchorage AK
Haevn't fished it yet, but I put the outfit together and it feels really well balanced, I was hoping for maybe a little slower action, but I prolly should buy glass for that. This is my dedicated Grayling rod and I think it'll be just about perfect.
Great rod, Better Price! -
By: Ryan1024m from spring, tx
if you are looking for a great 3wt, this rod should not be over looked! it is very easy to cast and has enough backbone in it to pull in those occasional big fish. I caught a 3lb largemouth on this and boy was that a great time! i would recommend this rod to anyone looking for a great light weight rod, without breaking the bank! You definitely get more than you pay for in this rod!
Best in Show -
By: 2E55E from Kansas City, MO
I have been fishing Orvis fly rods for many, many years. Quite simply, I have never found any fly rod that performs as well. When my grandchildren slam car doors on the rods, the company instantly stands behind their warranty and issues a prompt replacement. It's refreshing to see this type of service today.
Introduction into lightweight rods. -
By: DutchCanadian from Edinburgh, Scotland
I bought this rod in the spring, used it all year when the winds were light. Dries, nymphs and soft hackle spiders. Used primarily on many a small feeder burns of Scotland and a few small chalk streams in England. I love the feel of the rod, it has taught me so much about my casting stroke. As a big ex hockey player I tried to solve most casting issues with power, this 3 wt rod rewarded a slower softer cast with distance and gentle presentation. The rod does everything it says. And it looks good too, utilitarian, aesthetics centred on function. Catching a 2 pound wild brown trout in a stream no deeper than my knees was the highlight of a fantastic year, look forward to many years of enjoyment.
Fantastic general purpose light weight rod -
By: Zeddediah from Dallas, TX
I have had the 3 wt clearwater rod for about a year. I use it on small streams and ponds for bluegill (biggest at 10 1/2") and largemouth bass (biggest about 4#). I can comfortably cast flies as big as #2 gurglers, though that is pushing this little rod. The pictures below are of bass and bluegill caught using #6 wooly buggers and soft hackle imitations of damselfly nymphs. With the smaller flies I can easily reach 50+ feet, though most casts are shorter. This rod is fantastic. The only issues I have had was when a 3 foot gar jumped and broke the tip (my fault but Orvis honored their warranty) and the cork has suffered from seriously bad pitting. I filled it with wood dust/elmers glue mix, sanded it and stained it and it works as good as ever, though I am sure Orvis would have honored the warranty again. I highly recommend this rod.