Access 12-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

Cast to any saltwater game fish with the 9' 12-weight Access fly rod.


5 oz. 9', 4-piece, Tip-Flex Fly Rod for 12-wt. line.

Tarpon rods have to handle one of the most powerful fish in the ocean. Up until now they have been expensive. Not anymore. This is the highest performance, lowest priced tarpon rod on the market and there is not another rod out there that can touch this combination. If you're looking for a high-performance tarpon rod, but don't want to break the bank to get it, the Access 912-4 is the rod you want. This rod can do anything rods twice its price can do and what's more, amazingly enough, it's lighter than any of them.

  • Deep root beer color blank
  • Matching root beer 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-EVA foam fighting butt
  • Super grade cork handles
  • Safe Passage® rust-colored rod tube with internal dividers
  • Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 3.0 / 5 based on 1 reviews


    1 of 1 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 3/5

      Great Blank, but... - 9/26/2011
      By: from Baton Rouge, LA

      I purchased the Access 12 wt specifically to target Sharks in Louisiana and Tarpon in Flordia/Texas. I've only used the rod once for a Tarpon trip in South Padre Island. Blind casting the jetties all day can get tiring, but the Access 12 didn't completely destroy my arm. It was actually bearable. The blank itself is a great piece of gear. I can repeatedly bury the hook in a Tarpon and not worry about breaking the rod. My only complaint, however, is with the cork handle. Specifically the fighting butt. With the Orvis Mirage VII, the tiny 1" fighting butt is HORRIBLE. It's simply not long enough to get any leverage. Once buried in your stomach, you can't crank the reel without interference from your body if you're rod is in the water. At long distances, it was decent. But once the fish get's close to the boat, or dives, you literally can't reel without hitting your stomach. It needs to be longer. Also, once I got off the water, i untightened the reel seat and the ENTIRE REEL SEAT fell off. Thank goodness this happened on the last day of the trip. I plan to repair the reel seat and butt myself, and will be installing a better butt. This one stinks. Other than that, the ROD BLANK is amazing. For the price, it can't be beat. But please, Orvis, fix this useless fighting butt.

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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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