Access 5-weight 10' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

Cast to big fish on large water with our fast-action 10' 5-weight Access fly rod.


2¾ oz. 10', 4-piece, Tip-Flex Fly Rod for 5-wt. line.

Whether using sophisticated Czech nymphing techniques or mending long lines across multiple currents, the Access 10-foot 5-weight Tip Flex is easily one of the most effective rods you will use for tough, specialized presentations. That extra foot gives you the ability to reach out, and the leverage to pick up line on the water and move it unlike any other regular fly rod. Built with our proprietary tapers and actions developed on Helios by our rod designers, the extreme lightweight makes it easy to handle all day and will significantly reduce the strain on your arms when reaching, high sticking, and mending hour after hour. This is a spectacular rod for float tubers and pontoon anglers as it keeps the back cast high and off the water. As a 5-weight rod, it can easily handle even the largest trout and is a must-have rod for big water trout anglers and even light steelheaders. At this price, this is one of the best values in fly rods today.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.4 / 5 based on 18 reviews


16 of 18 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Fantastic rod - 7/30/2014
    By: from East haven, CT

    Took it out for a week long trip. Performed extremely well. Fought against some big 2-4 pound smallmouth! Used some 4 inch streamers and it tossed them pretty smoothly. But performed the best when roll casting big heavy nymph rigs in pocket water. I used it twice for early morning hatches and once for a damsel hatch and it was sweet. It shot line out extremely fast and accurately and mending line is extremely easy at 30-40 feet. I love this rod I may have to buy another for saltwater fishing!

  • 5/5

    My new go to rod - 7/17/2014
    By: from East haven, CT

    Phenomenal rod! The craftsmanship is unreal. I had never owned an orvis rod before this rod was recommended. Great all around for nymphs, dries, streamers. It's a dream to cast as well, it's extremely smooth. Perfect for the type of fishing I do. Used at the local lake and landed some nice fish. Plan on using this rod a lot.

  • 5/5

    Great Rod - Worth the investment for big rivers - 6/17/2014
    By: from New York State, Vermont, NJ, Penn Trout Rivers

    I was skeptical at first spending this kind of money on a fly rod. But if your going to fish big water like branches of the Delaware, Winooski and Lamoille rivers, this is the the rod to use. With a Hydros line I can easily fly a fly 40+ yards with a wind. I was really looking for a long rod so I can cast in water up to my chest. This 10' allows me to get in deep wading spots and still cast distance effectively and on target. Highly recommended. This now my go to rod on big water. Rod has nice balance and feel. Line loads great. One recommendation would to be add a second reel closure as the one on it tends to loosen which requires retightening every 50 or so casts. Maybe it is just me though. This rod is very nice to feel with a bend with a 19" brownie on the end.

  • 5/5

    what a rod - 10/16/2012
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    I love this rod - 10/11/2012
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Fantastic Rod! - 9/21/2012
    By: 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!

  • 2/5

    Could do better - 9/4/2012
    By: 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?

  • 5/5

    A Joy to Cast - 7/31/2012
    By: 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!

  • 4/5

    This is my fourth Orvis rod - 7/31/2012
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Great but not for me - 7/19/2012
    By: 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!!

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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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