If you had to buy one highly capable, yet extremely affordable, big-game rod to cover saltwater, salmon, and steelhead, the Clearwater 908-4 would be your best bet. Strong and responsive, and created with both fresh- and saltwater anglers in mind, it is adaptable to any number of situations, from snook and redfish to largemouth and coho. With a reasonable price, and a performance equal to that of rods twice as much, the Clearwater 908-4 is an inexpensive and practical way to venture into a new fishing arena. Saltwater reel seat with cork-and-EVA foam fighting butt.
Overall: 4.3 / 5 based on 27 reviews
23 of 27 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Very Good Combo -
By: RedFish71 from Richmond Hill, GA>
Purchased this rod with the Clearwater reel. I'm very pleased with the rod and reel. It has performed well on Reds. The service from Orvis has excellent.
By: WYMIFlyGuy from Michigan
After reading through some of the other lower ratings involving rod breaks right out of the tube on the first set it's obvious there's a flaw in the production of these rods that are made overseas. First steelhead of the season, snap. Second rod, snapped while setting up. Glad I'm in a position where I was able to fish some extra rods, but it is still extremely disappointing and frustrating when you're put in that position. Upon receiving my third clearwater it was sold to my local buddy's fly shop. Don't think I'll be trusting any more fish to Orvis rods.
Orvis Quality -
By: mjfarrow from Houston, TX
Beautifully constructed and very well balanced. Great rod and reel combo at a sane price! Perfect for someone who is as hard on equipment as yours truly.
Unreliable at this weight -
By: johnshea from Houston, TX
Firstly, I'm a very satisfied owner of a 6-weight Clearwater combo. The lighter rod performed very well for Trout, Grayling, and even Chinook; so purchasing the 8-weight was a no-brainer for me. I'm very disappointed in the reliability of this model. My first rod broke right out of the tube on the first cast. After a quick replacement, the second snapped in half while setting the hook on the first fish.
Exceded My Expectations -
By: Machinist06605 from Bridgeport, CT
This was an online shopping experience where the product felt better in my hands than it appeared in photos. The quality of the (reels) aluminum casting is outstanding; nicest aluminum cast reel I've ever seen. Converting back to left hand retrieve was very easy (I made the mistake of selecting RH thinking right handed and not seeing the retrieve part). The only issue I have with this outfit is the hook keeper pictured in the description did not come on my rod. Kind of a bummer because it was a selling point for me.
Clearwater outfit -
By: Rubiatta from Akron, OH
Great price point, quality material, everything works as it should. Perfect setup for the intermediate fisherman looking to crack into fly fishing. The 25year warranty makes this a no-brainer.
Great salmon rod -
By: Mattroy336 from Bathurst, NB Canada
This is my go to Atlantic salmon rod. Makes a day on the rivers of Eastern Canada that much better. Action and feel of this rod is great!
Rod snapped -
By: jdcii from Northeastern, Ohio
Bought rod combo in the morning, took out to do some practice casts, the very first cast, the rod snapped just below the second connection of the second section. Disappointed and now I wait. Will post more once I am actually able to use it.
Excellent rod for the price -
By: halito from tulsa Oklahoma
Just finished with this 8 weight Clearwater rod fishing for bonefish in the Bahamas. . I have a 5 wt Clearwater rod for years and have been very happy with it. This fly rod excelled and handled very well. It stood up well. It is very light and handle wind without any problem. I was able to get my fly where it needed to be without any question. In my opinion the best rod for the price and warranty.
Great Saltwater Gear -
By: RockportLes from Rockport, Texas
Fishing fresh water trout streams around the country with my 4 and 5 wt. Orvis rods has been great. This Clearwater rod has been the best gift ever for the Rockport flats fishing. The Speckled Trout are great to catch. Can't wait to hook up a high end slot Redfish. Thanks to my wife and to Orvis. Ontario's Sutton River is next on my list.