Access 8-weight 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex

Value and performance meet in this medium action 9' 8-weight Access fly rod.


3¼ oz. 9', 4-piece, Mid-Flex Fly Rod for 8-wt. line.

This model is so popular we offer it in a mid flex as well so anglers can choose the action they like best. The most versatile and best-selling of all the saltwater rods. The Access 908-4 will handle stripers, reds, bones, it can pull big bass out of the weeds in freshwater, throw big flies, catch snook, bluefish, albies, and bonito. If you're looking for the first big game rod, this is the model you want. If you're looking to do it inexpensively, then this is definitely the rod you want. All the performance of our higher priced rods, but at half the price.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 3.2 / 5 based on 5 reviews


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

  • 2/5

    Let me down - 12/20/2014
    By: from Surrey, UK

    I am a solid advocate of Orvis tackle having numerous rods of various models and weights, a lot of which I use to coach clients. Last year my folks purchased me a 9' 8#wt. mid flex Access to go bone fishing. On the last day at El Pescador Lodge, Belize it snapped at the second section under tension whilst playing a small, but lively Reef Jack. Fortunately it was the last afternoon of the final day having seen off numerous bonefish! The rod didn't feel right from the off. It wouldn't cast and just seemed to lack any response when going for distance or hauling. I put it down to a one off faulty product. The good and important news is Orvis customer care was outstanding! They changed the complete rod for a Tip flex and this one is great. Well done Orvis for recovering the situation. I'm still on your side!

  • 5/5

    met my expectations - 7/21/2014
    By: from Stafford, VA

    Purchaced my accsess 8wt-9' as a replacement when my rod broke during a fishing trip last year. I purchaced it in a local Orvis shop in Va. I tried both tip and Mid Flex and decided with Mid. A bit heavy @ first. But after pulling a few large mouth bass off Potomac river on some large size popper which I made myself :-); I do not feel its wt. any more. Then I took the rod to the bay. This baby handled 2 blue fish average 8 lb. each on popper like a charm, a 24 inch stripper and bunch of white perch. It was a GR8 day. My #4 and #5 Access are being repaired so I have no choice to use this rod, and LET ME TELL YOU all you "FISHAHOLLICS" I am casting flies as small as #12 with this rod and catching fish. The Fish are smaller with this rod so not much work but It makes this rod a multipurpose. I give it a 7 Star.

  • 5/5

    Hot rod - 3/11/2013
    By: from Denmark

    The orvis access 908-4, mid flex is a very stable casting rod. It's very easy to handle, even for a beginner like me. I would reccomend this rod to any who would like a cheap and very High quality rod

  • 2/5

    By: from Fenton, Michigan

    I had two of these rods in the 8 wt. and in two trips I broke both rods. Returned them to Orvis and customer support was great.

  • 2/5

    Disappointment - 8/31/2011
    By: from Lexington Park, MD

    After a few hours of fishing the rod tip section broke right in half. I give it two stars because up to the point of it breaking it was a 5 star rod. I caught 9 smallmouth and 2 sunfish on the rod prior to it breaking. I would think that an 8wt rod could hndle that with no problem. If I had to do it over I would look else where for a rod. The rod is being repaired no questions asked but now I have no rod for 3 to 6 weeks. Dying to go fish again. How do I know that the repaired rod isn't going to meet the same fate.

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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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