Access 5-weight 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex

The lightweight 9' 5-weight Access fly rod will serve you well on larger waters.


2⅜ oz. 9', 4-piece, Mid-Flex Fly Rod for 5-wt. line.

Access offers a version of the 9-foot-5-weight fly fishing rod with performance characteristics that are as good as any rod on the market at a price that is hard to believe. It's lightweight and yet has the ability to throw long casts in the wind across big water and fight big fish like no other 5-weight on the market. With its more traditional Mid Flex action, this rod is built with our proprietary tapers and actions developed on Helios by our rod designers, and if you haven't cast this rod yet, make sure you do, as its performance can only be appreciated in use. The Mid-Flex fly rod action allows precise casts and greater sensitivity down closer to the hand for those who like a bit more feel in their casting stroke. All this at the remarkable Access price.

  • Deep root beer color blank
  • Matching root beer woven-graphite carbon and champagne anodized aluminum gold reel seat
  • All chrome guides
  • Sunburst wraps with gold tipping
  • Gold ferrule alignment dots
  • Super grade cork handles
  • Safe Passage® rust-colored rod tube with internal dividers
  • Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 29 reviews


    28 of 29 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Only rod you'll ever need - 5/6/2015
      By: from Susquehanna valley, PA

      This rod casts wonderful and is a bargain. It's great in large streams and roll casts with ease in small ones. I have absolutely no complaints and I have been using mine for over a year. I didn't want to rate the rod until I had plenty of time to use it. I'm not gental with my gear and it still looks like the day I bought it.

    • 5/5

      Great rod. Great service. - 11/13/2014
      By: from UK

      Love this rod, casts well, plays well. Just proper. Due to hamfistednes I snapped the tip and Orvis had a new one to me in 4 days which included the weekend!

    • 5/5

      Great rod - 11/11/2014
      By: from Aurora, CO

      This rod is very well crafted and has performed above my expectations.

    • 5/5

      perfect rod - 10/18/2014
      By: from upper sac river

      Fished upper Sac on 10/11/2014 preformed to the highest standard. 10 fish outing. perfect balance

    • 5/5

      Waiting! - 10/6/2014
      By: from Wichita, KS

      Just received the 9' Access medium fly rod. The workmanship is superb, and the action in the backyard is greast. Can't wait to try it out on the water.

    • 5/5

      Incredible Customer Service - 9/12/2014

      I have been fly fishing now for 3 seasons on a beginners rod. I've been thinking to buy an Orvis combo for a while as I envy my buddy's outfit. After a lot of research I decided on the Access outfit. I ordered an Access 8.6ft 4 weight midflex outfit last Friday evening. I forgot to personalize the rod and was a bit bummed about it. The next morning (Saturday) I received an email saying I hadn't specified right or left hand retrieval. If I would like them to load the backing and line on the reel then I should specify which hand. After clarifying this point I asked if I could get my rod personalized? They told me the rod would be delivered out of a store since they were locally out of stock. Personalization could be done on a different outfit if I wanted. I went with the 9 ft 5 weight outfit instead after discussing options with customer service by phone and of course they are personalizing it for me. Even with all the back and forth emails and a final phone call on Monday to work through the final details, I was just sent an email that my outfit was shipped last night and I should have it in hand on Monday (so just 3 days to personalize as they mentioned to me before shipping). I've never experienced this level of customer service in just the ordering process alone. The folks at Orvis were so flexible and patient with me. I can't wait for a very early Xmas present to arrive in time to do some more fishing before the season is over. Thanks Orvis!

    • 5/5

      New Rod Combo - 9/1/2014

      Took this fishing and it performed as booked ..... Excellent .... I would recommend this rod/reel combo to antone that likes quality,

    • 5/5

      Great rod for price - 8/11/2014
      By: from California

      This rod is amazing, nothing better for price to quality out there! Love my new rod and the experience when in hand.

    • 5/5

      New Toy For The Rivers - 4/30/2014
      By: from Alpine, UT

      I purchased this rod to replace a 20 year old clearwater 2 piece 5 weight that I will be retiring with honors. I opted for the Access 9ft 5 wt 4 pc , not that there is anything wrong with the Clearwater. I'm just wanting to get closer and closer to a Helios 2 without breaking the budget. I did comparison casting in the backyard with the Access and the old Clearwater and there is a marked difference both in weight and accuracy.. I didn't think an ounce and a half would be that noticeable. It feels good in the hand and is well balanced with a newer clearwater reel that I purchased before hand. Maybe one day when I win the lottery, I'll buy a Helios 2, but for now, I'm happy with the Access.

    • 5/5

      A Fly Rod that shouldn't be over looked - 4/12/2014
      By: from Upstate NY

      I am truly overall pleased with the appearance and performance of this rod. The colors seem to give it an old classy look, the hardware seems to be just about right for a rod at this price point. The performance of this rod is what really impressed me. Very light in the hand with a Battenkill BBS3, casts seem almost effortless. I am very pleased with it and has become the best rod I have owned so far. I am not a novice and I am not rich so a Helios 2 was way past my budget, But this Access is a rod that shouldn't be over looked. Try it and you won't be disappointed and just maybe it will become your favorite too.

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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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