This post is a guide to all Orvis fly rods. For many of these Orvis rods, we have done an in-depth, hands-on review so that you can read more about the rod and see if it’s right for you.

Orvis is a brand that will be forever associated with fly fishing. They make boots, reels, lines, flies, and just about anything else that you could possibly ever need for chasing fish with a fly rod by Orvis.

With a company this size, you may think they are no longer specialized, they have spread themselves too thin, or that their products would suffer because of too many skews. Well, that could not further from the truth.

Sure, there are some more expensive and perhaps higher quality rod builders out there, but Orvis has the technology and wherewithal to compete with most if not all of them. Plus their wide range of products means that there’s an Orvis fly rod for just about every budget.

Let’s get started.

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Who is Orvis?

Orvis has been around for over a century and a half. Starting in 1856, Charles Orvis founded the company in Vermont. Originally offering only fly fishing equipment and not near the number of products as today.

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Since then Orvis has come a long way. Now a well-known name in the world upland hunting, fly gear, apparel, dog training, and also leading the way in outdoor education classes.

On top of all this, they have managed to keep the same craft and care they have always taken for their crafted equipment. Their rods and reels are well known in the angling world and most usually have a few of them.

Orvis Fly Rod Warranties

Orvis carries a 25-year guarantee for its fly rods. So that means that no matter what Orvis will fix your rod no matter the reason for it breaking.

You could step on it, run over it, or have your dog eat it and Orvis will replace either the part of the rod or will give you a brand new rod depending on how severe the damage is.

Give Orvis five business days to replace the rod and it will arrive on sight at your front door. It could not be easier if you ever accidentally break your rod.

What Are Orvis Fly Rods Made Of?

Graphite, glass, bamboo, and any other hybrid material you can think of. Chances are Orvis has a fly rod made from it. Thanks to them constantly researching and trying to better their company Orvis leads the way in new rods.

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Like most the bamboo rods will be pricey, costing a few thousand dollars, but the rest of their lineup includes rods that are much more reasonable and can be used by anglers of all skill levels.

Types of Orvis Fly Rods

They have a vast selection of rods for anglers to choose from. No matter what type of fishing you plan on doing, chances are Orvis has a rod that is made just for you.

Spey rods, bamboo, classic trout rods. It Doesn’t matter. Orvis has it. So, below we’re going to go over a few different kinds to give you a quick overview of what they have. Check them out!

Switch and Spey

There are several switch/Spey rods that Orvis has to offer. On top of the vast selection, you’ll also find that they come in a number of different weights as well lengths.

2-Handed Spey Cast Sage Fly Rod

Making it perfect for the angler who wants to be very specific with what they buy. There is no need to compromise here. Orvis has exactly what you need to get out and start fishing.

Glass Rods

These are great for going out and chasing small fish in backwater creeks and ponds. They’re light enough that they can easily handle light flies and even lighter tippet.

They offer a great feel, accurate casting, as well as the great fiberglass bend that has made these rods so famous. This is the ultimate rod for the classic fly angler.

Bamboo Rods

If you want to be a true fly angling traditionalist then you need to have a bamboo fly rod somewhere in your house. Even if it’s just meant for decoration instead of actually fishing.

These rods have a surprising amount of power and grace to them. In a world where so many rods are made of composite material, enjoy a throwback to true craftsmanship with a bamboo rod.

Features of Orvis Fly Rods

Below, we’re going to go over some of the different features of Orvis fly rods. We’re going to cover some of the major ones so that you know what you’re looking for when selecting your rod.

Orvis Encounter Fly Rod For Trout Fishing

So, check out the information below. Use it to help guide you into picking out your own Orvis Fly Rod. There are many different features so pick out the ones that make the most sense for you and your fishing style.

Material

As we mentioned earlier, Orvis fly rods come in several different materials. You can be a traditionalist and purchase on their several bamboo models, or go with a glass model.

Each type of material they use is going to be best utilized in a different style and type of fishing so ensure you’re purchasing the proper one for the fishing you enjoy doing the most.

Pieces

Like most companies, Orvis has fly rods that come in one piece, two-piece, four-piece and they also have a six-piece fly rod. The four-piece is the most popular, but some enjoy a one or two-piece rod.

The six-piece is great for the adventurer. Someone who needs a rod that can break down into small pieces and can be easily fit onto the side of, or inside of a pack.

Action

Slow, medium, fast, and everything in between. Orvis has a rod with an action that can be used in just about any fishing situation you can think of. Most of their models come in different actions as well.

casting a fly rod fly fishing on a river

So, it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a rod that can throw big bugs and haul in big fish or a rod that can work tiny midges down a mountain stream. Orvis has an action that will work for you.

Balance

Having a well-balanced rod is important when fly fishing. You need to ensure everything is balanced and working together in order to give the strength, power, and accuracy you need for casting.

Luckily, all of the rods created by Orvis are well balanced and are ready to be paired with a reel of your choosing. Ensure the reel is also well balanced on the rod you have selected.

Length

There are many different sizes that Orvis Fly rods come in. These can all be utilized for different types of fishing and many can even be used for several different types of fish and conditions.

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If you want to be more specific though and purchase a rod just for chasing small stream Brookies, then have no fear. They’re going to have several different styles of the size you’re looking for.

Rod Weights

Orvis fly rods also come in many different weights. There are different specialty rods for different species of fish, types of fishing, and casting styles. Basically no matter what weight you’re looking for, you’ll find an Orvis that’ll be suited for you.

Orvis Fly Rods

Below, we’re going to have an extensive list covering several different Orvis fly rod reviews that will work best for the type of fishing you plan on doing.

Some might be listed more than once. This just shows that these are versatile rods that can be used for many different styles of fishing. So, check out the list below and see which ones are going to work best for you.

Orvis Trout Rods

The rods we have listed below are going to be your classic trout rods. Usually, they’re going to be the 9′ 5 wt variety. Each also comes at different prices.

Orvis Recon Fly RodRecon

  • Action – Medium, Fast

The Recon rods are made to deliver delicate presentations. These are perfect when targeting spooky trout on rivers and ponds that might get a lot of pressure from anglers and predators.

On top of being able to give a delicate touch to landing a fly, the Recons also have the backbone to reel in those big fish. So don’t fret if you wind up hooking into a monster.

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Available Weights

  • 10′ 3 weight
  • 8′ 6″ 4 weight
  • 9′ 4 weight
  • 10′ 4 weight
  • 8′ 6″ 5 weight
  • 9′ 5 weight
  • 10′ 5 weight
  • 9′ 6 weight

Clearwater Orvis Fly RodClearwater

  • Action – Medium, Medium-Fast, Fast

The Clearwater is a great rod for just about any angler. The price is affordable and can make either a great first rod for a novice, your first serious trout rod, or a great backup.

It comes in many different styles, but the Clearwater Freshwater rod is the one we’ll be talking about. All come in a 4 piece set so they can be easily carried in a car, airplane, or travel bag.

They also come in several different sizes. Ranging from 9′ to 10′ and the weights are extremely diverse. Ranging from a 2 weight all the way to a 5 weight.

Considering the Clearwater? Make sure you check out our In-Depth Hands-On Orvis Clearwater Review.

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Available Sizes and Weights

  • 9′ 5 weight
  • 9′ 6 weight
  • 10′ 3 weight
  • 10′ 4 weight
  • 8′ 6″ 5 weight

Helios Orvis Fly RodsHelios 3D

  • Action – Medium, Fast

The Orvis Helios 3D is the rod that blew open the fly rod scene in the late twenty-teens. The Orvis Helios is renowned for its accuracy and power while not being astronomically expensive. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still expensive though.

The 3 comes in two different styles, the 3F and 3D. The 3D is known for its power and casting distance, while also being accurate. The 3F is known for delivering deadly accurate casts from all angles.

This is a great rod if you need to make accurate casts consistently. While the price point may keep a few people, don’t be discouraged. It’s a great rod and you’ll love taking it out.

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Available Weights and sizes

  • 9′ 4 weight
  • 9′ 5 weight
  • 9′ 6 weight
  • 10′ 4 weight
  • 8′ 6″ 4 weight

Orvis Small Stream Rods

Now that we’ve covered some of the main trout sizes, let’s take a look at some rods that will work well in smaller bodies of water. These would be great for chasing panfish, brookies, or other smaller fish.

Orvis Encounter Fly Fishing RodEncounter

  • Action – Medium, fast

There are only a few sizes where the Orvis Encounter could work on small streams, but if you want something that is a solid rod and is also a great price then this is the one for you.

This is a great rod for a new angler or for someone who is looking for a solid backup rod they can use. The encounter is perfect for most anglers.

Considering ordering an Orvis Encounter? Be sure to check out our In-Depth Hands-On Orvis Encounter Review.

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Available Weights

  • 7′ 5 weight
  • 8′ 5 weight

Clearwater Orvis Fly Fishing RodClearwater

  • Action – Medium, Fast

Similar to the Recon, the Orvis Clearwater is a great rod for someone who is just starting out in fly fishing smaller bodies of water. Or it could even be a great rod for someone to graduate to after learning on something cheaper.

It comes in several different weights and sizes. Allowing you to pick out exactly what you want for fly fishing the skinny water of your choice.

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Available Weights

  • 7′ 6″ 3 weight
  • 7′ 6″ 4 weight
  • 8′ 6″ 4 weight

Orvis Recon Fly RodRecon

  • Action – Slow, Medium, Fast

The Orvis Recon was made especially for anglers who enjoy blue lining and chasing those small fish in narrow streams. It’s extremely light making it perfect to pack in and out.

On top of that, this rod also loads extremely quickly. Making it perfect for those areas where a short backcast is required. This is the quintessential blue line rod.

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Available Weights

  • 7′ 6″ 2 weight
  • 7′ 6″ 3 weight
  • 8′ 4″ 3 weight
  • 8′ 6″ 4 weight
  • 8′ 6″ 5 weight

Orvis Bass Rods

Now that we’ve covered trout lets do some bass rods. These heavier rods are great for throwing big streamers and poppers to bass. The extra heft will allow you to work those big bass into your net as well.

Helios 3D Fly Fishing Rod by OrvisHelios 3D

  • Action – Medium, Fast

The Orvis Helios 3D is made to give you extra distance on your cast without messing with the power of the rod. The extra distance is great because you can cover more water for bass, and they’re not as leader shy as trout.

The extra power is great when out on those big lakes and you want to throw a popper to cover but the wind is acting up. This rod will allow you to deliver that fly straight through the wind.

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Available Weights

  • 9′ 6 weight
  • 9′ 7 weight
  • 10′ 7 weight
  • 9′ 8 weight

Orvis Helios 3FHelios 3F

  • Action – Medium, Fast

I know what you’re thinking, but the Orvis Helios 3F is different enough than the 3D that it’s worth being put on here in different spots of the list.

So, while the 3D gives you extra casting distance, the 3F gives you extra accuracy. This is great when fishing in tight spots and you need to put the fly directly in front of the fish to get it to bite.

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Available Weights

  • 9′ 6 weight
  • 9′ 6″ 6weight
  • 10′ 6 weight
  • 9′ 7 weight
  • 10′ 7 weight
  • 9′ 8 weight

Orvis ClearwaterClearwater

  • Action – Medium, Fast

The Orvis Clearwater Rod is made mostly for targeting trout and maybe some smaller species of bass, or panfish. That doesn’t mean this wouldn’t be a great bass rod though.

The biggest size it comes in is a six weight. So, it’s a little bit on the smaller side, but you could easily throw some bass bugs and streamers on this. Great for targeting small local lakes and ponds.

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Available Weights

  • 9′ 6 Weight

Orvis Saltwater Rods

Below, we’re going to cover some of the saltwater rods that Orvis makes. Some models are made specifically for saltwater while others, such as the Clearwater, have rods made for both and salt. Check them out!

Recon Fly RodRecon

  • Action – Medium, Fast

The Orvis Recon Rod was designed for incredibly accurate casting. Making it ideal for throwing flies in situations where you have a very tight window that you need to fit it in or the fish won’t see it.

This is very strong and powerful, yet it is surprisingly light. Allowing you to cast all day without having shoulder fatigue. It’s also equipped with a fighting butt to give you an advantage when locked into those long battles.

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Available Weights

  • 9′ 6 weight
  • 9′ 6″ 6 weight
  • 9′ 7 weight
  • 10′ 7 weight
  • 9′ 8 weight
  • 10′ 8 weight
  • 9′ 9 weight
  • 9′ 10 weight
  • 9′ 12 weight

Orvis Helios 3D Great fly rodHelios 3D

  • Action – Medium, Fast

The Orvis Helios 3D can be used for just about any type of fishing and saltwater is no different. The 3D gives you great distance on your casts and is strong enough to power your fly through the strongest saltwater breezes.

As well as being able to cast further this rod also gives you supreme accuracy. Put your fly wherever you need. Land a crab in front of a tailing redfish, or put a fly directly in front of that school of permit.

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Available Weights

  • 9′ 7 weight
  • 10′ 7 weight
  • 9′ 8 weight
  • 9′ 9 weight
  • 9′ 10 weight
  • 9′ 11 weight
  • 9′ 12 weight

Orvis Clearwater RodClearwater

  • Action – Medium, Fast

The larger Orvis Clearwater rods are saltwater and big game-specific rods that pack a strong punch. The saltwater rods provide a whole stable of different weights and lengths so that you can get the exact one you need for your target species.

If you’re looking for a solid startup saltwater rod then the Clearwater is the one for you. Coming in at under $250 this is an ideal rod for a novice looking to get involved in the sport or for someone who wants a solid backup rod.

The Clearwater line of rods from Orvis fly fishing rods is truly one of the most versatile you can find. Not only do they have small weights for blue lining but they have larger sizes for chasing those trophy fish.

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Available Weights

  • 9′ 6 weight
  • 9′ 6″ 6 weight
  • 9′ 7 weight
  • 10′ 7 weight
  • 9′ 8 weight
  • 10′ 8 weight
  • 9′ 9 weight
  • 9′ 10 weight
  • 9′ 4″ 11 weight
  • 9′ 12 weight

Two-Handed Orvis Fly Rods

Now, we’re moving on to the two handed rods. These are utilized for spey casting and will give you great power when out fishing on a river and you need to cast with some distance. Check these out.

2-Handed Orvis Mission Fly RodMission

  • Action – Medium, Medium Fast, Fast

The Orvis Mission rod was based loosely after the Helio 3 collection. This rod is strong to drop a large fly clear across the river in a small eddy, or it’s also delicate enough to drop a tiny with delicate precision. This rod can do it all.

These rods dampen the energy behind each cast so that you can add more energy to each throw. It also has an auto correct system that will help correct any sort of botched cast that might occur.

Missions are an extremely forgiving rod. They offer great line control and have incredible reach so that you can hit the furthest bank from when fishing on those large salmon rivers.

These are surprisingly lightweight rods, but are incredibly strong and versatile. They also offer large rods for casting large rivers r cmore compact rods for tighter casting.

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Available Weights

  • 12′ 6 weight
  • 11′ 7 weight
  • 13′ 7 weight
  • 11′ 8 weight
  • 13′ 6 ” 8 weight
  • 14′ 9 weight
  • 15′ 10

Orvis Clearwater Fly Fishing RodClearwater Two-Handed Rods

  • Action – Medium Fast, Fast

That’s right folks, we’re back talking about the Orvis Clearwater selection, this time with a beautiful Orvis Clearwater 2-Handed Rod.

The frequency of this line-up on this list should tell you about how impressive these rods are than anything else.

So, their two handed collection comes in a variety of sizes and lengths that will allow you to pick out the perfect rod for the style of fishing that you plan on doing.

The lighter rods are perfect for spey and swinging light tackle through rivers. Their heavy rods are elite for salmon fishing large rivers.

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Available Weights

  • 11′ 4″ 3 weight
  • 11′ 4″ 4 weight
  • 12′ 6 weight
  • 11′ 7 weight
  • 13′ 7 weight
  • 11′ 8 weight
  • 13′ 6″ 8 weight
  • 14′ 9 weight
  • 15′ 10 weight

Orvis Nymphing Rods

Let’s go over a few nymphing rods now. These are going to be longer and lightweight. perfect for euro nymphing.

Orvis ReconRecon

  • Action – Medium

The Orvis Recon 10′ 4wt is a great lightweight rod. Made for traveling long distances because of how light it is. So on your next backwater trip you should be checking out this rod.

The nymph style rods come in a variety of lengths and sizes. They can be used as a rod for primarily nymphing to a versatile rod.

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Available Weights

  • 10′ 2 weight
  • 8′ 4″ 3 weight
  • 10′ 3 weight
  • 8′ 6″ 4 weight
  • 9′ 4 weight
  • 10′ 4 weight

Clearwater Fly Rod OrvisClearwater

  • Action – Medium

If you’re looking for a solid rod to use for your first nymphing rod then look no further than the Orvis Clearwater 10′ 3wt. The Clearwater is a great beginner road because of the price and also because of how great it is.

It comes in several different sizes and you can easily euro nymph through rivers, and drift wet flies fast eddies and submerged boulders.

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Available Weights

  • 10′ 2 weight
  • 7′ 6″ 3 weight
  • 10′ 3 weight
  • 7′ 6″ 4 weight
  • 8′ 6″ 4 weight
  • 9′ 4 weight
  • 10′ 4 weight

Orvis Bamboo Fly Rod on AmazonOrvis Bamboo Fly Rods

  • Action – Slow, meidum

If you want a classic rod and you need something short and lightweight then the bamboo Orvis Penn’s Creek is hard to beat. It’s classic look and feel will get you excited about fishing.

The short rod is ideal for drifting nymphs in tight water, and it lightweight allows you to feel every tick of the bottom and every bite.

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Available Weights

  • 7′ 4 weight

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Conclusion

After reading over the above information you hopefully have a better understanding of Orvis Rods. They truly have an incredible selection and have a rod for anglers of every skill level.

So, find the best orvis fly rod for you and go pick one up. Check out Amazon for great prices and supply of products.