Orvis Recon® Fly Rod · 8'4" · 3 wt

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Matt Beam, Fly Fishing Expert
Jacob Jesionek, Fly Fishing Expert
Baily Dent, Fly Fishing Expert
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Best for those who want a lightweight, comfortable, and accurate fly fishing rod with great sensitivity and durability.

Great for
  • SensitivityGreat sensitivity for a variety of techniques.
  • PerformanceSmooth and easy casting, great for fighting fish.
  • CastabilityCasts accurately and smoothly.
  • Casting easeSmooth and easy casting.
  • VersatilityCan be brought anywhere, good for various techniques.
  • AccuracyCasts accurately.
  • QualityMade in America, best in class warranty.
Good for
  • DurabilityCork handle can slowly chip away.
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A staple in the mid-range fly rod market, the Recon® by Orvis® is a smooth-casting, fast action fly rod. The Recon rod would be ideal for any angler who wants a user-friendly, lightweight rod with plenty of backbone for making accurate long casts or tossing larger flies. Key Features: - Fast Action – Fast action rods suit more aggressive casters or casters who are looking to throw larger flies, nymphs, or streamers for longer distances. - Pewter Type III Anodized Aluminum Reel Seat w/ Wood Insert – The wood insert gives the rod a very high-end, classy look while still being durable and functional. - USA Made – Orvis has more direct control over the quality and craftsmanship of the rods made in-house here in the USA. - Orvis 25 Year Guarantee – The Orvis warranty will fix or replace any broken rod for a small handling fee, regardless of reason.

Rylyn S., Fly Fishing Expert
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4.96 average rating

Rod length8'4"
Line weight3 wt
StyleSingle hand
Water typeFreshwater
Grip typeReverse half wells
Rod materialAluminum
Fly fishing typeNymphs, Streamers, Poppers/Big Dries
Fishing typeFly
Fish speciesTrout, Bass, Panfish
Fly fishing techniqueDry flies, Nymphs / Wet, Streamers, Poppers

Jacob Jesionek owns this product
The Orvis Recon is my personal holy grail of rods. In hand, the rod is light and comfortable, pairing well with a light reel to create an outfit that can be brought anywhere. It casts accurately and smoothly making tricky fly presentations easy. When the cast is awarded with a bite, it has good backbone for fighting the fish that... Read more
Ideal for
  • Smooth and easy casting
  • Extremely lightweight and comfortable in the hand
  • Great sensitivity for a variety of techniques
Not ideal for
  • Cork handle can slowly chip away
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Jacob Jesionek
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Baily Dent owns this product
The Recon series of rods is a great value rod. Orvis took everything it learned making the Helios series of rods and put it into the recon using less high-tech materials to make it more budget-friendly. This is definitely a step up on their Clearwater lineup, and the fact it’s made in America at this price point is... Read more
Ideal for
  • Budget friendly
  • Made in America
  • Best in class warranty
Not ideal for
  • Maxes out at about 60’ for a cast
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Baily Dent
Fly Fishing Expert
Matt Beam owns this product
The Orvis Recon 10’ 2wt fly rod is one of the best, if not THE best, fly rod any fly fisher can buy when looking for a euro nymphing-specific fly rod. This rod also handles small dry flies well and small indicator rigs. It’s highly sensitive when set up with the correct leader and fly line for strike detection when... Read more
Ideal for
  • Top notch sensitivity
  • Superb casting feel
  • Best of the best Euro Nymphing Rod
Not ideal for
  • No hook keeper
Reviewed by:
Matt Beam
Fly Fishing Expert

Popular questions (4)

What was your favorite moment with this gear?When I first got the 6wt I hosted an overnight float trip for Smallmouth on the James river. This...read more
Baily Dent
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Why did you choose this product?I was looking for a work horse of a rod that would be perfect for targeting Smallmouth Bass. The...read more
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What do you love about this product?Value friendly rod that packs a punch for the cost....read more
Baily Dent
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What is the value for the money versus other options?The Recon series is a super value. It’s the work horse of the Orvis line up. Orvis took...read more
Baily Dent
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The best rod at this price point.

Originally posted at www.orvis.com on Mar 11, 2024
The new Recon's are even better than before. This is my sixth one I've gotten and again I couldn't be happier with the performance and feel of the rod. You guys make a great product.
TroutBumMI76Location: Thumb Area, Mi
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Great value for the price

Originally posted at www.orvis.com on Mar 7, 2024
I have 2 other recons and love th. Great value for the price.
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