Review: Orvis Clearwater Freshwater Fly Rod

Orvis Clearwater Freshwater Fly Rod


Outdoor Empire pick for best fly rod for the money.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the perfect fly rod for every occasion? You’d have a dry fly rod, a nymph rod, a streamer rod, a rod for sunny days, and a rod for windy days.

But for most of us, a massive collection of specialized rods isn’t a possibility. Instead, we have our one or two go-to rods that can be counted on to fish whatever flies and techniques are needed to get our quarry to bite.

That’s exactly the kind of rod the Orvis Clearwater Freshwater is — an all-around performer that can be utilized in any fishing scenario.



With a very tame mid-flex taper, the Orvis Clearwater has a true-to-form moderate action which offers a nice blend of finesse and power.

With relatively quick loading, short and accurate casts are easy to execute. But it still has enough backbone to bomb out long-distance casts to span the river.

With this moderate action, it is extremely versatile, making it an ideal candidate for the angler who wants a single rod that can be fished in different ways — from chucking streamers and heavy double nymph rigs, to casting small dry flies on light tippets.

Aside from its casting and fishing performance, what draws anglers most to this fly pole is its bang-for-the-buck factor. It is slightly more expensive than typical entry-level rods, but with that bump in price comes a tremendous leap in quality.


Outstanding Features

  • Understated yet classy olive-colored blanks and a premium cork handle make it look like a high-end rod.
  • The reel seat is made of machined anodized aluminum that’s very sturdy and holds the reel secure.
  • The insert is made of woven graphite. Though it doesn’t look as nice as a wooden insert, it’s more durable and doesn’t require maintenance.


25-Year Guarantee

Another bonus of the Clearwater Freshwater is Orvis’ generous 25-year no questions asked rod repair program.

If you break your Clearwater — doesn’t matter how — you can send it to Orvis and they are going to fix it free of charge. But if they can’t fix it, they are going to choose a current rod of at least equal value to replace it (with a nominal fee of $60).

With that kind of guarantee, you can fish as hard as you want knowing that if something happens to your rod, you are covered.



Available line weights: 3, 4, 5, 6
Material: Mid-modulus graphite
Action: Mid-flex moderate action
Number of pieces: 4
Grip material: Premium cork
Grip shape: Half wells
Reel seat: Machined anodized aluminum
Insert: Woven graphite
Rod weight: 2.8 ounces (5-weight 7’6″)
Rod tube: Yes


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