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: 4.2 / 5 based on 18 reviews
15 of 18 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Highly Recommended -
By: BlooMagoo from Westwood, MA
I own eighteen fly rods from 3wt to 9wt, six of them are Orvis rods. i am also a guy that prefers a moderate fast action over fast action simply because it puts less stress on my joints and feels better for my casting stroke. When I purchased the Clearwater 9wt I already owned a Clearwater 6wt that I really liked, so I kind of knew beforehand what to expect. What I didn't expect was how much I would like this rod. I own an Access 8wt, it's a great rod but a little fast. I like my Clearwater 9 wt better. The first time out in the surf I lined it with Outbound Short Intermediate and was casting a few wraps short of the backing. OBS is a 100 ft line. Whoa! The only caveat I have is that because of the flex, this rod has less lifting power compared to faster rods like my Access. Fish fight big on this rod so be prepared for some battles. One last comment about these reviews. I understand why someone who breaks a rod would give a poor review, but no manufacturer or model rod out there is immune from this problem. Many defects are invisible and lord knows how many failures are due to the fisherman and not the fly rod. It's how you are treated after the sale that reveals the true quality of the product. For that, Orvis will always earn 5 stars.
Nice intro package -
I never give anything a perfect score. For a first time fly fishing enthusiast, who has made mistakes and will continue, this is a sweet deal. Especially the packge including the rod, reel and line. I have not caught stripers, weakies and blues off a boat and shore. No complaints. Broke the tip trying to fish under some trees, had a new rod in 3 days.
Clearwater Package -
By: markpb93 from San Jose CA
I recently purchased the Clearwater rod/reel/ line package as a 'backup' on my boat for striper fishing. For the value this rod and reel are outstanding! The 9wt with the large arbor reel work beautifully chucking large flies to Stripers and LMB! The Clearwater is now my 'go to' despite having much more costly rods from other manufactures on the boat. Well worth the money, looks great and will last a lifetime!
Excellent Sat Water Fly Rod -
By: Ecke from Sandy Hook, NJ
This is the first time that I've used an Orvis Clearwater rod and I found it to be an excellent saltwater fly rod. I caught a five pound blue fish and it played beautifully. I would recommend this rod to any avid salt water fly fisherman.
Wife loves it -
By: Mattroy336 from Bathurst, NB Canada
Bought this rod for my wife. She loves it. Makes casting for her small frame simple and easy. I also use to fish for striped bass on the flats. Sends big flies a great distance with ease. Very solid rod!
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.