The Dutch harbours along the Randmeren or one of the major rivers in the Netherlands, are seldom clear in the wintertime, when huge schools of roach, skimmers, bream, ide and other species spend the cold months there. But the Orvis Clearwater Set is great to fish delicately with small nymphs for these species there.
The set I received for testing consisted of the 10 foot #3 Orvis Clearwater fly-rod, a WF3F Clearwater fly-line and the smallest version of the Clearwater reel.
The fly-rod has a soft action, excellent for fishing with the very light tippets (10 – 12/00) that are often necessary with this type of fishing. Reaching further than some twenty meters during casting will be difficult, especially when it is rather windy, but this is seldom necessary.
The rod feels wonderfully light and is easy to transport due to the four piece design. The length of 3,05 meters is excellent for fishing with longer leaders, some four to five meters is standard for this style of fishing.
The Orvis Clearwater II fly-reel weights only 153 grams, as it is meant for the line-classes #4 – 6, it has more than enough room for a WF3F fly-line and at least 150 metres of backing. The reel forms a nice, well balanced combination with the long Clearwater fly-rod, the drag can be kept at a light setting for nymph fishing for roach and one can reel in line fast enough.
The Clearwater fly-line is a nice, supple line that is easy to handle. The fluorescent yellow colour is too bright for my liking, a more dull colour would be better for future ranges, I think. It probably does not matter much when nymph fishing in murky waters, but I would not like to use such a bright line on clear streams and lakes. The weight of the line can be read from the Orvis Line ID, the 27 metres long fly-line has a loop manufactured at the front.
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