Overall: 4.3 / 5 based on 15 reviews
13 of 15 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
what a rod -
By: bruce21m from maine
what a fly rod this think can do it all. i have helios 6wt and it now sits in the rod tube. best rod in this price range and is a good as any higher pricer rod.
I love this rod -
By: cblountus from Northern California
I overlined it with a power taper 6 weight line and I have no trouble turning over long indicator rigs. At first I had trouble with line tangles, but then I discovered that I had missed a guide. With a long rod like this, it's easy to do! If you love nymphing, this rod is a must.
Fantastic Rod! -
By: wydrifter from Wyoming
Just had this rod out for its first try and I am happy to report it was great! Used it on the drift boat all day and never got tired of casting! The extra length is great for mending and for casting double-fly nymph rigs as well as streamers. Does it catch fish? Well, no you still have to do your part but I can tell you it does handle 18-20 inch rainbows just dandy!
Could do better -
By: Fachan from Argyll, Scotland
My Access 105 is a replacement for my much loved TLS. Got to say that after just offer a years use I'm a little disappointed. The action is great, the line its puts out is good and it plays fish very well.....and it has accounted for some seriously big hill loch browns. The downside is the build quality isn't there - there are pencil marks on the blank from manufacturing that should have been erased before varnishing, the alingnment dots are slighty out which renders them useless and the reel seat is already falling off the rod. Sorry - but not a patch on the old TLS I'm also curious as to why we can't get a mid actioned 10ft rod?
A Joy to Cast -
By: RussT from Ottawa, Ontario
Was looking for a nice 50th birthday present to myself. Tested this 10 ft 5 wt at the fly shop and was sold. Used this past weekend for carping in a local pond. Casting long distances (40+) was a breeze, and the extra length gives great leverage. I love this rod!
This is my fourth Orvis rod -
By: Abbner from Colorado
I bought the 10' 5wt Access to be a back up to my Helios 10' 5wt. I've fished the Access pretty much every day for the past two weeks and to be honest, I can't see any mechanical difference, as compared to my Helios. I wasn't sure I wanted to step down from the Helios but I also had a problem spending 800 bucks for a backup rod. Orvis hit it on the head with the rod because I love it.
Great but not for me -
By: lespaul from CT
Top 10 Contributor
This is a terrific rod for the angler that tackles big freshwater fish. I thought it was going to be lighter but at 10', it is what it is. The craftmanship was excellent and by no means is this an average rod, it just was too big/heavy for me to cast for hours. Would be great in a float boat though on big western rivers. Great price I might add!!
Glad I Made The Purchase -
By: CaptainDav from Newport Beach, Ca
Wasn't sure if I wanted the 10' rod or a 9' rod. I knew I was going to use it primarily for light line 3-4# tippet in the surf or Newport Harbor for bass. I was very happy from the first cast at the shop where I bought it. It cast great and has the back bone to punch a weighted fly into the wind on the beach. Second trip out I was able to catch a small yet fun Barred Surf Perch, and am looking forward to catching a Corbina. I do wish that Orvis would have finished the ferrels the same way as they do on the Helios, but that is my only complaint so far. Thank you Orvis for making a quality product here in the USA.
Access Rod = Access to Fish -
By: Espoty01 from Sacramento, CA
Purchased the 10' tip flex 5 weight rod and it delivered! Use primarily for nymphing and scored big time on guided trip on Lewiston Lake in Northern CA with 17 Rainbow Trout to net ranging from 8 to 18 inches. Orivs, how about making a 10' tip flex 6 weight Access rod? I'm "hooked" on it!
My 1st Orvis Rod, but not my last -
By: JMGross from Ohio
Top 100 Contributor
I had been looking for a nymphing rod for a couple of months when Orvis introduced this rod. I jumped at the chance of owning one of these and have not regretted it. Works beautifully as a nymphing rod. The pleasant suprise for me was how this rod casts. It definitely took a few casts to get the feel of the rod as all of my other trout rods are no longer than 9 foot, but after figuring out the sweet spots, this rod casts like a dream, especially at a distance. The REAL plus for me was when I was out nymphing and suddenly there was a huge BWO hatch on. I quickly changed to my braided leader and put on a dry fly, cast the fly, and was wow'd at the presentation I was able to get. This is now my primary rod for all small to medium trout applications.
|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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