A 9-foot 5-weight fly rod is pretty standard fare in trout towns from Alaska to Maine, but our Clearwater 905-4 is anything but ordinary. Never before has there been such a quality rod at such an affordable price. With all-new profiles and tapers taken directly from our award-winning Helios technology, the 9-foot 5-weight Clearwater combines lightweight power with exceptional line control, resulting in a true multipurpose rod for trout bums and beyond.
Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 32 reviews
31 of 32 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
clearwater rod -
I am new to fly fishing, but after going several times and borrowing equipment, I was hooked. This is a great rod, flexible, easy to use. It is a great entry level rod.
Extremely Please -
By: Oldflyguy from Florida
Very happy with my 5wt outfit. Was allowed to upgrade the reel to Battenkill II. The casting ability exceeded my expectations ! I use this outfit for Bass but now also plan a Trout trip out west. Orvis is a great company to do business with!
Excellent Value -
By: sminner from Radford, VA
The Clearwater 5 is an excellent value with superior finish and workmanship. Not exactly a starter rod, but probably not exactly right for purists either, but if you want an everyday 5 rod to get the job done, this is an excellent choice. I bought it for my son and he loves it. Now, I want one.
Great Rod for the Money -
By: deast from Arkansas White River
I bought this rod because I was one of the last people on earth still casting a 2 peice frly rod, or so it seemed. The rod I'd used for many years is a faster action than the Clearwater, so it took a few casts to adjust. Once I got use to casting the Clearwater, I fell in love with it. The lighter action made smaller fish feel bigger and I was still able to shoot a big wooly buggar in 25 mph winds. Overall, I am very happy with this four peice rod. It performed well casting and handled good fish with ease. Now that I can get my rod in my wader bag, I'm not living in the dark ages anymore. It's a great fly rod at a great price and I plan to use it for many years to come.
Solid, versatile value. -
By: DBFJr from Granby, CT
The Clearwater 5 wt., 9' rod was purchased last June as a traveling companion to my Orvis Western 2 wt. What a pleasant surprise! By the end of November I realized that I had fished this rod for trout all season, to the exclusion of many others in my arsenal. The 5 wt. 9' format handles the transition from tiny nymphs/emergers to No. 6 Woolley Buggers, as long as you use the appropriate leader formula. I'd recommend the Clearwater series to anyone starting out in fly fishing, or as an economical back-up rod for traveling.
Works for all situations, I have had no problems with this rod or reel. Response is great and sensitivity is unsurpassed
Great Christmas Gift -
By: Toots1 from Kingfisher, Ok
Bought this for my husband. He will be so excited. I had it personalized and still got it in time tor wrap and put under the tree
Best all around value and quality -
Would highly recommend this pole in new folks and old timers, covers a very wide spectrum and Orvis CO is first class in all aspects.
Great rod for price -
By: Pghflyfisher from Pittsburgh PA
Just started fly fishing seriously again this year. Was interested in the Clearwater combo after one of the guys I fish with let me cast his. Purchased the combo at the local Orvis shop and have not been disappointed. Casts great for a novice. I have a long way to go to but I believe this setup will take me there.
By: croakeronthefly from Virginia
On this 5 wt alone, I have caught 3 kinds of trout, small and largemouth bass, bream, crappie, puppy drum, baby flounder, croaker, spot, carp, and even and a 24 inch striper. This is a great beginners outfit, but It'll last a lifetime and still be fun to use as an experience fisherman. The only problem is the line. This line works great for about a season, but one season of hard fishing, no matter how well you take care of the line, is about as long as it will last. I would not recommend buying this rod as an outfit. Buy the rod and reel separately, but spend a little more and get line specific to your use or just better line.