Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod · 8'6" · 5 wt

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Matt Beam, Fly Fishing Expert
Joseph Smith, Fly Fishing Expert
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Best for beginner fly fishers who want a rod that will grow with their experience in casting.

Great for
  • VersatilityMultiple sizes for many fly fishing applications.
Good for
  • SensitivityDelicate presentation for dries.
  • DurabilityComes with a 25 year warranty.
  • PerformanceModerate to fast action, slower recovery rate.
  • CastabilityLimited casting distance with small flies.
  • Casting easeEasy to cast moderate to fast action.
  • AccuracyExtra length allows for better line control.
  • QualityHigh quality for an entry level rod.
Avoid for
  • Line retrieve speedSlower recovery rate than modern fast action rods.
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The Orvis Clearwater is an accurate, versatile fly rod with a powerful medium-fast action. Orvis designed this rod to have an entry-level price while still performing well enough for any experience level angler. With its powerful blank, this rod is ideal for longer casts and heavier flies in both fresh and saltwater applications. Key Features: - Medium-Fast Action – Orvis designates the action of this rod as medium-fast, making it ideal for most anglers as it accommodates a wide variety of casting styles. - Chrome Snake and Stripping Guides with Ceramic Inserts – The Clearwater is adorned with chrome guides that are durable and allow for smooth line shooting. - 25-Year Guarantee – Orvis stands by their products and the Clearwater is no exception. Anglers can rest assured that their purchase will be protected in the event of an accidental breakage or unlikely manufacture defect.

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4.96 average rating

Rod length8'6"
Line weight5 wt
StyleSingle hand
ActionMedium, Fast
Water typeFreshwater
Grip typeReverse half wells
Rod materialGraphite
Fly fishing typeNymphs, Streamers, Dries, Euro
Fishing typeFly
Fish speciesBonefish, Trout
Fly fishing techniqueDry flies, Nymphs / Wet, Streamers, European / Tightline

Joseph Smith owns this product
The Orvis Clearwater fly rod is a well built entry level rod that has plenty of room for anglers to grow. The moderate fast action is far crisper than many entry level rods and is of high enough quality that more experienced anglers should consider this as a back up rod.
Ideal for
  • This rod features an easy to cast moderate to fast action.
  • The rod has a 25 year warranty.
  • The rod features a comfortable cork grip.
Not ideal for
  • The rod has a slower recovery rate than modern fast action rods.
Reviewed by:
Joseph Smith
Fly Fishing Expert
Matt Beam owns this product
The Orvis Clearwater fly rod outfit is great for fly fishers who are just beginning their journey in fly fishing. Offering multiple different sizes, this rod can be good for many species and technique applications. This fly rod is a good step above a complete beginner outfit in casting feel and quality and is perfect for the beginner fly fisher... Read more
Ideal for
  • Top notch beginner fly rod
  • Multiple sizes for many fly fishing applications
  • Short distance casting with good feel
Not ideal for
  • No hook keeper on the rod
  • Limited casting distance with small flies
Reviewed by:
Matt Beam
Fly Fishing Expert

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Clearwater 4wt 10’ rod review

Originally posted at www.orvis.com on Apr 19, 2024
Great rod. I upgraded from an encounter to a 4 wt 10’ Clearwater. I paired it with a hydros reel, and it has been a blast. I have had the rod for about 4 months (30 + fish caught on it) now and have no complaints.
Joebeast1313Location: Pennsylvania
I would recommend to a friend
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Great small short rod

Originally posted at www.orvis.com on Mar 18, 2024
Simply amazing rod for the price. Perfect for the Oak Creek in Arizona above Sedona.
Location: Eloy, Arizona
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