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Old 06-20-2012, 10:11 AM
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Default Orvis Access vs. Clearwater II

I am buying a new rod/reel from orvis. I initially was just going to get the Clearwater outfit, but then the manager gave me $75 worth of coupons. We then discussed upgrading the reel to the Access over the new Clearwater reel. Is it worth it for an additional 75 bucks? Thought would be appreciated.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:33 AM
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Give this some thought.

If you want a reel that will just hold line, you can use the $75 to buy a line.

If you feel that the durability of a machined reel is more important to use, is $75 worth the extra cost?

Do you mind spending an extra $75 for a sealed drag unit?

Would you prefer to spend an extra $75 for a lighter reel?

If it matters, which reel looks better to you?
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:29 AM
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Default Re: Orvis Access vs. Clearwater II

Thanks.
Yeah, I mean I hardy ever actually even need the drag
I do like the looks of the Clearwater, as its a large arbor.
However, I know the Access is probably the better reel, especially in the long term...
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Default Re: Orvis Access vs. Clearwater II

I feel your pain. A few weeks ago I ran into this problem, I broke my old clearwater reel the day before a saltwater fishing trip. With my credit in hard I set out to buy the clearwater II for my 7 wt. then I started thinking about it and realized I at least needed the larger clearwater for enough backing in saltwater. Of course it was out of stock so I started looking at the access verses the Lamson Konic. I ended up with the konic because I love the drag system and it balanced my rod better. That being said the access reel is lighter than the konic (and clearwater I think) and still has the sealed drag. The access is a high end reel at a decent price. If you may have the opportunity in the future to do some saltwater fishing the sealed drag system would be a solid investment.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:53 PM
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Default Re: Orvis Access vs. Clearwater II

I would maybe consider something outside of the Orvis family. However, to get the combined 75 dollars off, I need to get a whole Orvis kit. I just cant decide on the dumb reel though!
Plus this probably wont ever see saltwater, as I'm going to buy a 5wt.
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Thats true, but if you go with a 3 wt. reel with an extra spool you are ready for saltwater fishing when you get the opportunity. Just make sure it balances the rod and you cant go wrong either way.
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Default Re: Orvis Access vs. Clearwater II

I've got the Clearwater IV (9wt setup) and it balances my rod perfectly. I tried the konic on it and didn't feel right.
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