Clearwater 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod

Fish small and large water with this versatile 5 weight fly rod.


3 oz. 8'6", 4-piece, Fly Rod for 5-wt. line.

Perfect for everything from secluded brook trout streams to wind-beaten western freestone rivers, the Clearwater 865-4 is the ideal mid-sized trout rod. Strong enough to handle large foam-bodied flies, yet equally adept with tiny zebra midges, this rod can handle the paces, and excel while doing so. A great value at an unbelievable price, this rod is as versatile as it is functional. Take one with you on your next adventure. You'll always remember why you did.


Overall: 4.6/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 16 reviews

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

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Winning Rod - 7/31/2014
    By: from Walla Walla, WA

    Great "fishability", quality, price point, warranty and service. What more could one want?

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    good price - 7/1/2014
    By: from NC

    good rod and great case with it rod cast good and is the best at 8'6'' for mid sized trout streams

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    fly rod - 6/15/2014
    By: from Roanoke VA

    The Clearwater 5-weight rod is very easy to use and is very compact .

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    excellent... - 5/15/2014

    I went to the local fly shop in search of a 10ft, 4 or 5 weight. I tried a Hardy Greys 10ft that was ok. I knew about the Clearwater series but unfortunately the owner didn't have any 10fters in stock. So, I figured just to get a sense of the orvis' I would try out the 8'6". I was impressed right from the first false cast. Smooth, quick, light, and powerful. So I bought the 8'6" as well as ordered the 10ft 5wt. I fished the 8'6" last weekend on a local small stream and absolutely loved it! effortless roll casting. Despite feeling delicate and light it threw a 2 nymph-shot-indicator rig easily and fired a #6 weighted wooly bugger like a rifle. Yeah, I really like this rod. Can't wait to fish the 10 footer now...

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  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great Quality! - 2/4/2014

    It is obvious that there is a high standard for quality at every level of Orvis gear, and this rod is no exception. Love it!

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Best rod for the price - 12/15/2013

    This is a nice rod, Casts real nice as well. I think a clearwater II Reel is a bit heavy for it, (rod only waighs 3oz) I went with a BBS II (also 3oz) I wish orvis would make a lighter reel for the clearwater outfits.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Great Rod - 11/13/2013
    By: from Henderson, TN

    Great rod at a good price. Excellent for novice fishers.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Recommended - 8/22/2013
    By: from Park City, Utah

    I've only had a chance to use it a few times on the Provo River, Utah. Action was excellent all the way from 10 inch browns to 18 inch plus fish. I primarily fish wet and the rod was comfortable and not stressful when casting up to four hours.

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