Wade into the surf, dodge the incoming breakers, and launch baitfish patterns into the foam with the Clearwater 909-4, the perfect rod for mid-sized saltwater and large freshwater species. Strong enough to stand up to even the roughest conditions and toughest fish, but light enough to cast all day, it's perfect for when you need to punch flies into the wind and turn over bulky flies, all without wearing out your arm. Swirling stripers and shimmering steelhead don't stand a chance against its power, smooth action, and fish-turning ability. Saltwater reel seat with cork-and-EVA foam fighting butt.
Overall: 3.8 / 5 based on 12 reviews
9 of 12 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great Product -
By: FuriousFly from Florida
I absolutely love this rod! Has plenty of back bone for the saltwater fishing that I do, and has stood up to all the stuff I have put it through. The only thing that I don't like is how big the shipping guides are, i thought it would be more like the 8wt which is a very minor thing. All in all Great product, and highly recommend!
Excellent Value -
By: StripersOnFly from Massachusetts
Excellent rod, and excellent value. Highly recommend.
First impression -
By: venomsped from Mass
The Rod is very light it almost feels like it would not be able to take on big fish. I guess I will find out its might when I take it striper fishing. I did have to exchange my rod because the cork butt section was not the best quality and look like it was going to flake off. The top part cork was in good condition. I will give a second review once it sees some action.
First fly rod -
Have only owned this rod for a week or so and along ways away from being a great caster, but this rod is a dream. I bough a 9w for large bass and also salt water in the area and behold, in spite of so-so cast I caught 4 nice bass today. My very first on a fly rod, and I am hooked. Thanks Orvis.
Gets the job done, needs the 25 year warranty -
By: Troutistotle from Boston, MA
The rod gets the job done when its healthy. Reel seat components are cheap for the price of the rod. The money spent on the rod is more reflective of the buy-in for a 25 year warranty than performance. I have nine weight rods that cost 1/2 amount that cast better, they just go in the trash when they break because they dont have the warranty Orvis provides. I purchased the clearwater for a trip on the Salmon river NY. Fished 3 days with a nine weight and already sent it in for repairs after less than 20 good workouts. Orvis stands by its warranty which makes the purchase worth it, but shipping costs for repairs will become brutal if this becomes a frequent event. I sport a lot of Orvis gear, and this was my first problem with any of their equipment which caught me off guard. It may have been a defective rod from the beginning
Got broken in the middle of casting -
I got this for fishing striper on June 2013. I went to shore this morning and it got broken in the middle of casting. I have gone fishing only 5 times with it since I bought and caught only a couple of fishes. I washed every time after I went fishing and kept it in the case not to get any damage. I DO NOT recommend this very cheap quality but the price is $225.
Lovely, but.... -
By: Triton from Hampshie
Beautiful rod, light, cast like a 7wt. Has a lovely "feel". Unfortunately, on the second trip with it, after successfully landing carp to double figures, the tip section broke immediately above the joint while playing an 8lb mirror. The reason I've still given it 3 stars is down to the exemplary Orvis customer service at the Stockbridge shop. It will not put me off buying Orvis again.
What's not to like -
By: Scotch1 from Midwest
Top 500 Contributor
I've got 4 Clearwater rods, now, all beauties, and this last one, a 9' size 9, is the lightest of my muskie fly rods. It's matched with 250 yds. of 30 lb. backing, a no.9 sink-tip line and a bite-proof leader, all on a big Orvis Mid-Arbor Access V reel (ditto on a spare spool). Now, what's not to like about that? Wow, that's fishing, if you know what I mean.
9-wt Great for salmon -
By: Jekyll from Salmon River, NY
I bought a 9-wt for salmon and caught over 350 in 4 days. The rod worked great both casting and fighting Chinook salmon. The cork leaves a bit to be desired. Lots of voids in the cork and the cork is becoming loose (but that is after 350 large salmon). Nice and light and it balances well with a Hydros-V reel .
breaks very easy -
Bought this rod for salmon fishing.broke first rod on first fish. got a replacement only to break it on third fish.Traded it for a acess rod. hope next year is better.