Access 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod—Tip Flex

Value and performance come together in our 9'6" 6-weight Access saltwater fly rods.


3 oz. 9'6", 4-piece, Tip-Flex Fly Rod for 6-wt. line.

The Access 966-4 is the best low-price steelheader's rod on the market today. Offering our proprietary tapers and actions developed on Helios by our rod designers this rod has a price that will have you smiling, the 966-4 has the length, the reach and the power to do the things necessary for success on big steelhead water. Great mends, long casts, the ability to handle weighted rigs - the list goes on. Not only is this a great steelheader's rod, but for pontoon and float tube anglers, the additional length is a real boon in keeping backcasts off the water.


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


4 of 5 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Excellent rod. - 2/15/2013
    By: from San Diego, CA
    Top 500 Contributor

    My wonderful wife got my this rod and matching reel for my birthday and it is quite an upgrade from my last rod. And with some power taper line on it, it can cast a mile. It has a very smooth action and loads beautifully and I can't wait to take it out in the surf. Being from Vermont I have always wanted a Orvis rod and I could not be happier.

  • 5/5

    Great Rod - 10/24/2012
    By: from Northern New York
    Top 50 Contributor

    I was using a 10 foot Clearwater rod for Great Lakes Steelhead but was looking for something a little lighter as your arm gets tired high sticking flies through the current. This fits the bill nicely, definately lighter with close to the same reach and at a reasonable price. I have even begun using it to swing streamers for landlocked salmon out of Lake Champlain. It is turning into my go to rod for steelhead and salmon.

  • 2/5

    Poor Craftsmanship - 5/13/2011

    Orvis denied my detailed review, apparently because I mentioned "country of origin" (which I did not--I mentioned an ocean). So rather than doing the good vs. the bad, as I did in my detailed review, I will keep it short and to the point. If you have ever owned a quality flyrod, you will be disappointed in the craftsmanship of this rod. If this does not get posted, then I will simply post pictures of the craftsmanship issues in my next one.

  • 5/5

    beyond expectations - 4/18/2011

    I ordered this fly rod by e-mail from Belgium and my daughter, who was visiting New-York, collected it there in the orvis retail store. We had a great service and they kept the rod on row. On 17 april my daughter came back from the USA with my ORVIS rod. The same day I went fishing with it and I was very pleased with the quality of this rod. Great lightness, very precise in casting and very pleasing when catching a fish. I took my first rainbow trout with the rod yesterday evening and I was amazed that even with the tip -flex action, the rod bended very nicely when playing the trout. The only negative thing is the missing of a little ring to hook your fly in when moving to another place. I am sure that this rod will give me lots of fishing pleasure in the years to come

  • 5/5

    Awesome rod and great customer service! - 11/24/2010
    By: from Pennsylvania

    First I must comment on the costumer service. EXCELLENT!!!!!! They went out of there way to get me this rod in time for a steelhead trip. Thanks! Now, as for the rod, its second to none. Light, smooth, beautiful and well priced. It casts like a dream and is light as a feather. Never knew it was my steelhead rod. Much lighter than my old one. As far as the looks, i wasnt sure i was going to like it, but after I got it I was very pleased. My gold Battenkill large arbor goes great with this rod. It is the ulitmate set-up for the great lakes tribs steelhead! Thanks Orvis for a great product at a super price.

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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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