Overall: 4.0 / 5 based on 12 reviews
9 of 12 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great entry into two-handed fishing -
By: MrBill from Anchorage, AK
Top 500 Contributor
The Access Switch 8-weight is a perfect rod for those wanting to get into two-handed/Spey fishing. The price point is great with excellent performance. And you can use it for conventional single-handed casting as well. I paired it with a Hydros V reel and Airflo Skagit Switch 510 grain line and a T-14 sink tip. Great combo. Slayed the sockeyes last Saturday swinging flesh flies. Out fished the others in my group 2-to-1.
By: Dooby51 from Hackettstown NJ
This fly rod and outfit combo is the most comfortable I've ever fished with and the salmon steelhead line is by far the greatest for mending and I couldn't be happier
Just the job -
By: Frankthesurf from Llanarmon Yn Ial, Near the River Dee, North Wales
Top 250 Contributor
Despite being told by the 'old school' that this rod would be too short for salmon fishing I showed them the way with a nice 12lb fish on my second outing. I am using an Orvis Switch line which matches up prefectly with this rod. It throws a line excellently, mends well whether with or without a sinking tip added.
Good Rod... Bad reel seat! -
Love the action on the rod. I'm not a big fan of fast/stiff tips... but this one feels great. Finish on the rod is good. However, the reel seat does not quite fit one of my reels (Hardy). If you get this rod... check that the reel you get fits correctly!
Broke on fist Fish -
By: from Upstate NY
Will not buy this rod, fair price but hooked 1st fish and snap after 2nd section. Talked to 3 other fisherman and the same thing happened to them in the same place. FLAWED!!!
A Steal for a Switch Rod -
By: NNCC from San Jose, CA
Top 25 Contributor
For the money, there is no better rod out there. While I was a little hesitant to buy one at my local shop, since Orvis is best known for amazing single-handed rods, I gave it a try (knowing their amazing product guarantee). I have to say, this mid-fast action switch rod is a dream to cast. Paired up with an Airflo compact skagit head and Orvis running line, it is effortless to launch your line 90 feet+. The best part about it is how comfortable it is to high-stick nymph and how easily it mends long casts. Bravo, Orvis!
Low Quality Components -
By: tshock from Northern Wisconsin
The other reviewers forgot to mention that the reel seat on this rod is not built for big reels or tough duty. The rear hood that uplocks the reel is thin aluminum and does not give you that sense of security when tightening down the reel. I also own the Helios switch and the reel seat on it is much more durable. It's a shame because the blanks are similar---the same weight in fact---but the Access is much less useful due to the cheap reel seat. If Orvis could change/repair this issue, the Access would get 5 stars. As is, I wouldn't recommend this rod.
11/4/8 access its just ok -
Frist off my lamson guru reel seat did not fit in the seat of the rod, I made the choice of sending back the reel, wish I hadn't . bought a hydros reel V, looks pretty but its no lamson, the machine finish on the lamsions are much tighter and percise. Dont be fooled by the 8wt its more like an 8wt singel hand rod or a 6wt spey. orvis should have a grain widow chart so you can have a better idea of how to line the rod, and if its the rod you realy want. I thought It would be a no brainer buying the Orvis switch 8wt line another mistake. 8wt switch line was too heavy 450gr and the head is too long for switch casting, a waste a 80$. I then bought the Beulah elixer 7/8 switch line with a 400gr 20 ft head using an airflow poly leader , now we're in the ball park. the shorter lighter head was better at doing both styles of casting, and doing them well. I think Echo, Miser and Beulah have the switch and spey rods down to a science with grain and line charts plus time. The only reason I bought an Orvis was the fact that there was a dealer right down the street from me and they just whent out of buisness. Gee Don't I feel stupid. Dan
Fastest line in the west -
By: nmoon from Portland, OR
Picked up the rod last week after originally going to get a single handed 8wt rod, walked out with the switch rod. So glad I did. The ability to do much more with the line was a matter of about 2 hours on the water and it all started to click and make sense on how to cast.. The other added benefit is then grab your 3wt or 4 wt setup and everything improves, line management, roll casts, everything. I know it will be many many thousands of casts before I truly master the art of the Switch rod but I know the Access will be with me from newbie to master. Build quality is great, rod sections seem a bit "too" tight but I imagine that spey casting puts tremendous torque on the rod so maybe the tight fit a good thing. Oh, and the staff as always at Orvis is first rate. Super helpful.
|Access Fly Rods|
Cast this rod once and you'll question the low price.
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.
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