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Access 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod Outfit—Mid Flex

For years the 8-foot 6-inch 5-weight was the best-selling fly rod model in the Orvis line and the new Access outfit version continues that tradition of excellence in this model. The simple combination of medium length and medium weight makes it the most versatile fly rod ever built. From small streams, to large rivers, from trout to bass, this fly rod can handle it all. Access's new proprietary tapers and actions developed on Helios by our rod designers only adds to the versatility of this rod giving it the power to present larger flies and wonderful lightweight sensitivity to fight smaller quarry. Recommended by our schools as the perfect first fly rod, the 865-4 remains the single best all around fly rod on the market today and at this incredibly new price to performance ratio, this might be the best all-purpose 5wt. fly rod outfit on the market.Deep root beer color blankMatching root beer woven-graphite carbon and champagne anodized aluminum gold reel seat All chrome guides Sunburst wraps with gold tippingGold ferrule alignment dots Super grade cork handles Safe Passage® rust-colored rod tube with internal dividersThis fly rod outfit includes:Access 8'6", 4-piece, Mid-Flex fly rod for 5-wt. line.Access III reelWF Floating Line150 yards of 20-lb. Dacron backing.
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Customer Reviews for Access 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod Outfit—Mid Flex
Review 1 for Access 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod Outfit—Mid Flex
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5 / 5
Amazing quality and value,
June 6, 2013
By: VTWanderer
from Hartford, VT
"This is an excellent high-end rod masquerading as a mid-range rod. The hardware is very ordinary-looking, and Orvis is now marketing its Helios 2 as its flagship rod, but the action on this rod is amazingly good. Many rods in this price range have a whippy feel to them, but this one feels very fluid and damps the whippiness very effectively. Power transfer to the line is also very easy and fluid. For the same effort, this rod casts much farther and more accurately that other rods in its category. While the price isn't cheap, this rod is an excellent value. When compared with rods (including Orvis rods) selling in this price range even a couple of years ago, this one is clearly better."
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Review 2 for Access 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod Outfit—Mid Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great rods, great package,
May 8, 2013
By: shredcoloRADo
from Colorado Springs, Colorado
"I have purchased a few of these to guide clients with. The rod performs very well in all aspects of fly fishing. Dry flys, nymphing, even light streamers. This is one of the best outfits you can buy for the money. Great performance, great price."
Review 3 for Access 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod Outfit—Mid Flex
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5 / 5
Ready for trout!,
April 17, 2013
By: JustFish
"Great rod and the reel is the best, period. Had great time at the Orvis store in Asheville, NC."
Review 4 for Access 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod Outfit—Mid Flex
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5 / 5
Unbelieveable Rod,
February 4, 2012
By: Urbanamom
from Maryland
"My husband and my son purchased this rod for me as a gift for Xmas. At first, I said it was too much money....Until I fished with it...OMG the best rod I ever used and worth every cent. It shoots the line like butter and once you fish with this rod, you will never go back. I talked about this rod so much, I ended up getting my husband one for Valentine's day... An Early Present... Thanks ORVIS"
Ratings-Only Reviews for Access 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod Outfit—Mid Flex
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