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orvis rods, are they good?

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are orvis rods worth the money? they have a deal now for hydros rod and reel $495.

Posted on: 2010/12/20 13:10


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Yes... not to say there aren't better rods out there though. I've broke a few Orvis rods over the years and they stand behind their products. In each case, I've had a repaired or new rod back within 3 weeks.

Posted on: 2010/12/20 13:13


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are orvis rods worth the money?


That depends on who you ask. Personally, I've never casted an Orvis rod that I liked. I'm not sure why that is, I have nothing against the company and love many of their other products. Just not a fan of their style of taper, I guess. But I recognize that its personal preference and you may like Orvis rods and not like the rods that I prefer.

Bottom line, always cast and compare before purchase.

Posted on: 2010/12/20 13:18


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You really have to do your homework on Orvis rods and test cast them, as Orvis has introduced and discontinued quite a few different models over the past several years. Some have been hits while others have been flat out duds making you wonder if Orvis’ chief rod designer even bothered to test casted them before introducing them in the market. I do not know enough about individual Orvis series rods or the one you inquire about but I certainly wouldn’t buy one without casting it first. I’ve cast a few over the years and while I can’t remember the exact models, I can tell you some were absolutely terrible while others were nice. And it wasn’t necessarily that the higher end rods were the nicest either.

Posted on: 2010/12/20 13:23


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Different strokes, and all that.

Everyone's said try before you buy, and they're right. Even better if you can try on the water (which DOES change the dynamics), plus try with the line you plan to use (if you can).

Its not all about heroic distance throws in the parking lot, most of the fishing you do will be in a vastly different style, remember to check that out as well as your ability to fling 90' of line.

I own one Orvis rod, a full flex ultralight affair. I love it, and it fits my style perfectly. I wouldn't change anything about. Most people would probably NOT find it nearly as sublime as I.

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im looking at the 6wt fast action hydros.

Posted on: 2010/12/20 14:42


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any rod is a good rod if you enjoy fishing it!! I don't think you could go wrong buying an orvis, they are a good company and have been making great products for a long long time! I've never had an orvis rod, but I use orvis reels and love them.

Posted on: 2010/12/20 15:22


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Used a 5 wt Helios last year on the Gunpowder and loved it. There is a 3wt sitting under my tree. Thanks Santa!

Posted on: 2010/12/20 15:35


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My favorite trout rod is a 5wt Orvis TLS tip flex. The rod really fits me and and the water I usually fish. It casts just the way I like it. I have found the company great to deal. I would say the Hydros is worth checking out. Best of luck!

Posted on: 2010/12/20 16:24


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Never fished the Heilos/Hydros rods but, the Superfine series are nothing short of amazing, IMO. Come to think of it thats the only Orvis rod I've touched lol..

Seems like quite a deal though, I'd jump on it.

Posted on: 2010/12/20 17:00
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i have the 9' 5wt pwr matrix -LOVE IT ! have the access 10' 5wt - LOVE IT , from what i am told by a friend who is a orvis guide that the hydros and access are both built on the same load ratios and tapers as the helios , i would venture to say that the access rod might feel really close to the same casting as the hydros but with cheaper hardware and the savings is substantial ! good luck , orvis is rock solid ! rods and reels are like cars everyone like one or the other for one reason or another ! beauty is in the eye of the beholder !

Posted on: 2010/12/20 17:32


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I have the 9 ft 5wt Power Matrix. Actually, it's my wife's, but as she doesn't fish much it pretty much became my backup. Side by side, it fails miserably to my closest comparable, the Loomis' GL3. She thinks the same of it. She liked it till I took her fishing. Now, her fishing means us carrying both rods, she fishes while I untangle. By the time I untangle, she's tangled, hence we trade. She commented on how much better the GL3 casts.

I also have a fishing buddy who loves his rods, and we frequently trade on stream to get a feel for the other. I absolutely hate his superfine, but I know they have a good following. Also had a Trident in the mix for a potential purchase once, but in the lawn outside the shop it came in last place compared to a Sage and a Cortland, I ended up with the Cortland though I liked the Sage better, price played a big part. I've liked just about every Sage I've ever cast.

Thats pretty much my experience with Orvis rods, just don't seem to click for me. That said, I use their reels religiously, my waders are Orvis, etc. It's a great company and I've had good experiences with them, just don't like their rods.

Posted on: 2010/12/21 8:25


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is the sage a fast action, i want to throw streamers and big bugs.

Posted on: 2010/12/21 8:30


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i dont see a GL3 on sage web site.

Posted on: 2010/12/21 8:33


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I purchased a TLS about 8 years ago and have been through 6 returns for breakage. It was upgraded to a T-3 and now it is a Hydros. Of course this is my steelhead rod but 7 rods in 8 years?
In the past 12 years the only other rod I broke was a Sage 1wt and it was my fault, I fell on it. Take it for what it is worth.

Posted on: 2010/12/21 8:36



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