Access 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod—Mid Flex

You'll appreciate the superb performance of our 8'6" 5-weight Access fly rod.


2⅜ oz. 8'6", 4-piece, Mid-Flex Fly Rod for 5-wt. line.

For years the 8-foot 6-inch 5-weight was the best-selling fly rod model in the Orvis line and the new Access version continues that tradition of excellence in this model. The simple combination of medium length and medium weight makes it the most versatile fly rod ever built. From small streams, to large rivers, from trout to bass, this fly rod can handle it all. Access's new proprietary tapers and actions developed on Helios by our rod designers only add to the versatility of this rod, giving it the power to present larger flies and wonderful lightweight sensitivity to fight smaller quarry. Recommended by our schools as the perfect first fly rod, the 865-4 remains the single best all around fly rod on the market today and at this incredibly new price to performance ratio, this might be the best all-purpose fly rod on the market.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 22 reviews


21 of 22 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    Purchased for 8 yr old Grandson - 4/3/2014
    By: from Rogers, Ae.

    The 5 wt Access Rod and Reel were purchased for my Grandson. I am teaching him to fly fish. I use all Helios 2 rods and love them. It's been a short time that he has been using his new outfit but he says he loves it. My only complaint is the reel case is much too hard to put on and off. It's too small I've given him one of mine. I won't tell you the brand name.

  • 5/5

    Buy it! - 3/24/2014
    By: from Rochester, NY

    A well designed fly rod light enough to cast all day with the durability you come to expect from Orvis. Great medium action with this rod making your casting experience a dream. Love the color of the rod paired with the gold hydros reel. Buy it!

  • 5/5

    Excellent outfit - 10/21/2013
    By: from Finland

    I purchased online Access rod and reel outfit couple of years ago. Delivery was fine and the customer service is best in the world. My first fishing trip was a pretty disapointment... I lost my first trout, because it was bigger than the feel in my arm ( my previous rod was full flex) Nowadays the Access is like an extension of my arm. Really smooth and accurate. Great rod!

  • 4/5

    5 wt Mid flex Rod - 7/2/2013

    A very nice rod. Great finish and look. Most importantly, it cast really nice. One little thing to improve is that the product page should show a picture of the assembled rod to illustrate how the joints should look. It took a while to figure out they don't close all the way but leave a gap.

  • 4/5

    A Fine well balanced rod - 5/21/2013
    By: from Lake Champlain NY

    I had a similar Orvis rod in tip flex and got this mid flex rod for more power and eas of longer casting. It functions exactly as predicted and in a fine product

  • 5/5

    Caught my biggest trout in Australia - 4/22/2013
    By: from Brisbane, Australia

    I bought this rod and the Access III outfit as a treat to myself after a tough work year. It been nothing short of excellent and I've landed my biggest brown trout in Australia at 5 pounds with it. I've landed others at the 3-4 pound mark also. I have a recurring injury to my right hand and the lightness of the rod balanced with the reel means I can cast this rod all day and not feel tired. Great price and perfect outfit! Thanks to the guys at Orvis!

  • 5/5

    Great rod! - 4/18/2013
    By: from Washington, DC

    First off, I can't say enough nice things about Orvis' customer service. They go out of their way to make sure you are happy with their products and their service. Unfortunately, my Streamline rod broke. Very odd, but Orvis offered me the opportunity to upgrade my rod. I opted for the Access 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod—Mid Flex. I've been using it this spring for the annual shad run on the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers. It's a beautiful rod. It's light and very well balanced. I find the handle very comfortable. It can handle sinking line without an issue and has plenty of backbone to fight those feisty shad. I'm very happy this rod.

  • 5/5

    awesome rod - 2/14/2013
    By: from shaftsbury vt

    I love this rod! I bought my acsess 8' 6" 5wgt mid flex two years ago. I really cant tell you how happy i am with it. Broke the tip(my fault)and orvis loaned me a helios while mine was fixed and liked my acsses much better. Great rod. Great price

  • 5/5

    High Quality for a great price - 12/31/2012
    By: from Chicago, IL

    "Felt worthy of upgrading from my first fly rod to a higher end one. So, I chose the Access 8'6" - 5 weight combo. I was hesitant on paying that much for a combo at first, but after my first cast I turned and looked at my girlfriend, and said "Wow - worth every penny I paid for it.

  • 5/5

    A lot of technology for not too much cash - 11/14/2012
    By: from Winston-Salem, NC
    Top 1000 Contributor

    I bought the Access rod in an (865-4) configuration as a mid-weight rod to fish NC streams and rivers with the occasional inland costal waters here and there. I considered a more expensive rod, but kept coming back to the Access. I'm glad I did as I love this rod. Its got the power to get line out when I need it, but the finesse to handle tight spots in the brushy streams of NC. Maybe, i'm missing something, but this rod performed great and I had the money to buy another. If you're at the other end of the scale and thinking about the clearwater line - id go with the Access. I bought my son a clearwater rod to learn with, and after using it a half dozen times I tend to like the Access better. It casts better and feels better in the hand. Its just a better performing rod all around. Nothing wrong with the clearwater, but again, for the money, this is a great rod you can be proud to use. With the money you save you can buy 2 to boot.

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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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