Access Switch 7-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

The length of the 11' 7-weight Access Switch fly rod will put you closer to trophy fish.


4⅞ oz. 11', 4-piece, Tip-Flex Fly Rod for 7-wt. line.

Built with an extended switch grip and all the technology developed in the past few years the Access 117-4 Switch is a great Ohio and Erie tributary rod, offering excellent mend characteristics for indicators and swinging, and the best all-around low-water Pacific Northwest rod. Steelhead technique has never been easier or more versatile than now with Access' new lightweight switch rod that allows you to fish all day and have the best chance for success at a price that's almost laughably low for the performance.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 3.8 / 5 based on 11 reviews


8 of 11 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5


    This is a great rod , I went out Sunday and bought the first steelhead of the year on it .

  • 5/5

    Good workhorse switch - 1/2/2014
    By: from Ohio

    A good no frills rod that handles skagit lines very well. Casts well overhead and with spey/skagit techniques. With a 465 gr head it is a total rocket launcher. Good US made rod for the money

  • 5/5

    Top of the Line - 10/20/2013
    By: from Spring Creek Country, PA
    Top 500 Contributor

    After spending a few days in Michigan with this rod and others I can honestly say I am impressed with what this rod can do. We had several rods with us but kept fighting over who got to use this one because of how lightweight and easy to cast this stick is. This rod was great for the guys just learning when our experienced guides would actually give it up for a few casts. If you are considering making the switch, this rod is worth it. Easy to cast and light make this a great tool for swinging or nymphing for steelhead.

  • 5/5

    It's a fine rod - 5/17/2013
    By: from San Diego, CA
    Top 500 Contributor

    I am new to switch rods but I have been wanting to try for awhile. This rod is great. I am still working on spey casting,but as for over head casting, if I use a roll cast pick up I can get 100 feet of line out with one back cast. I see reviews of people having problems with the reel seat, I personally have no problem with it. Just as long as you tighten will it hold the reel just fine.

  • 1/5

    Over priced... Over rated - 12/20/2012

    I am now on my third 7wt Access Switch Rod. It snapped on me at the second ferrule, the first week I purchased it. I sent it back and of course it was repaired... Then when Steelhead fishing in it snapped in the same place... This time, I was in the middle of the stream, .. Of course, Orvis repaired it... but it should not have broken in the first place. I cannot recommend this rodt. I am pretty disappointed with this product.

  • 5/5

    This Rod is Suh-weeet! - 11/21/2012
    By: from San Jose, CA
    Top 10 Contributor

    Orvis hit a home run with this rod! Extremely lightweight, tons of power, and super smooth action. I use a 450 grain compact skagit and it throws it like a champ, even with a heavy sink tip attached. Using it to high-stick is wonderful and the rod is very accurate on 30-foot casts as well as 80-foot casts. Reading the other reviews, I have never found the reel seat to be an issue. The Mirage V large arbor that I use on it has always been secure. Maybe Orvis has fixed the issue regarding the flimsy reel seat.

  • 1/5

    Poor Reel Seat - 12/12/2011

    I purchased this rod only to return it a few days later. Reel seat is poorly designed. Tightening the nut as snug as you can get it and the reel still moves. My old Clearwater rod has a better seat.

  • 5/5

    Excellent action - 9/21/2011
    By: from Ohio

    I have used the rod 4 time and am impressed on the lightness and performance while chasing steelhead. I have cast both spey stile and regular.

  • 4/5

    Great Switch Rod - 9/21/2011
    By: from Flagstaff, AZ

    Light, beautiful, and functional. I plan on using it at Lees Ferry in AZ for big rainbow trout, as well as when I visit the Pacific NW for Steelhead. Great Rod!

  • 4/5

    Access Switch - 5/23/2011

    Rod has great action and is easy to cast with two-handed maneuvers. Fairly accurate. Only dissapointment is the flimsy reel seat. Would have been nice to have more solid attachments on that end.

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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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