Orvis Recon 9'#6

Orvis Recon

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George's Comments:

 

The Orvis Recon has performed very well in our other shootouts and since this is another mid-priced rod, we wanted to include it in in our 6-weight Shootout.  But here it got shot down handily by the DXF that costs $100 less.  And it just barely beat out the Fenwick Aetos, that is $260 less!   The Recon is not all that good looking either – nothing like the handsome Helios 2.   It is a dark olive color with darker olive wraps.   It certainly doesn’t jump out and grab you like the Helios 2.   The handle is a western style grip that does use high quality cork, but then the uplocking seat with a wood insert uses a single ring with fine knurling that was a lot harder to tighten than the rings on the Scott or the Asquith, for example.  The guides are one SiC stripper and the rest hard chrome snake guides.   

 

I think the action is just too slow on this rod – the Helios 2, tip flex was much faster, and it performed much better.   The performance figures were a straight 18.5 across the board.  OK but nothing to write home about.

 

George’s casting notes:    The perfect line-  S.A. MPX in WF-6-F

 

Performance at 30 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

The stiffer tip didn’t allow me to cast well off the tip of the rod like I could with the DXF.

 

Performance at 50 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

I am got much tighter and nicer loops with the DXF.  Even the Pro 4X was better than the Recon at mid range.

 

 

Performance at 75 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Again, not quite as good as the DXF. The Helios 2 was definitely better out long.

 

 

 

 Orvis Recon 9'#6

 

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James' Comments:

 

The Orvis Recon gave us another solid performance.  I think the Recon’s best value is in the 9’ 8-weight as it’s scores are closer to the H2 and other high end 8-weights.  The gap between the 9’ 6-weight Recon and H2 is more significant, not because the Recon isn’t good, but because the H2 is simply fantastic.

 

Strictly looking at performance and price, the Recon gets pinched out by less expensive and better performing rods. 

 

One thing I really like about the Recon is the reel seat.  The wood insert dresses the rod up, making it look more like a high-end rod than a mid-priced rod.  I also like the shape of the grip, and the cork quality is better than other inexpensive rods. 

 

I was very surprised that the Recon had the lightest overall weight in the shootout, since the swing weight was so much heavier than the best rods.  One thing that would help is if Orvis would use thinner wire guides.  The snake guides they use now are some of the largest and heaviest in the test.  Of course, (like the Pro4X) if you want the best stuff you’ll have to pay for the upgrades.  If you can save enough pennies to purchase an H2 you’ll be a lot better off in the long run.

  

Performance at 30 feet:  18 points out of 20

 

Stiffer, slower, and heavier than most.  I liked the 8-weight Recon much better.   

 

Performance at 50 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

 

Not bad but not nearly as lively as others in its price range.  The Recon’s slower (stiffer tip) makes it feel heavier even though it is the lightest rod in the test.  Perhaps Orvis could come up with a Recon Tip Flex, I think it would improve the swing weight and feel.

 

Performance at 75 feet:  18 points out of 20

 

Not as explosive as I had hoped.  At this distance it is clear that the G. Loomis Pro 4X, Temple Fork Outfitters BVK, and Fenwick Aetos feel lighter with smoother power delivery. 

 

 

 

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Logan's Comments:

 

The Orvis Recon is another great mid-priced six weight.  I really like what Orvis has done with the Recon line.  The Recons are good rods top to bottom that won’t break the bank.  And by looking at the Recon you cant tell it’s a $450 rod.  It was neck and neck between the Recon and the G. Loomis Pro4x.  I liked the Orvis Recon better at closer distances and the Pro4x better at mid-range.  If you prefer a rod with slightly more feel I’d go with the Recon.

Logan’s Casting Notes: 

Performance at 30 feet: 18.5 points out of 20

The Orvis Recon was a very good rod at 30 feet.  Here it was neck and neck with the Pro 4x.

Performance at 50 feet: 19 points out of 20

At 50 feet the Orvis Recon was still casting great.  I give the edge to the Loomis Pro4x at this distance but the Recon held its own.

Performance at 75 feet: 17 points out of 20

The further you cast the Recon is where you start seeing its inconsistencies.  I was unable to make good casts at 75 feet, but that’s not always the rod’s fault.

 

Orvis Recon

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JG's Comments:

 

The Recon by Orvis, although heavy and numb, is a good rod at a great price and would be a good choice for someone looking for a solid all-rounder. 

 

30 Feet:

The Recon was decent at 30 ft.  I didn't like the weight of the rod and it did feel a little clunky when casting to short targets but accuracy was good and despite the feel I was able to make soft delicate casts. 

 

50 Feet:

It’s hard for me to put into words the sensation the Recon gave me at the mid range target.  It’s still a heavy rod and I didn't feel like I was getting a lot of feed back from it, which made me think that it wouldn't perform well. But, it loaded and unloaded well and made for tight loops, accurate casts, and a delicate presentation in all but the strongest gusts.

 

75 Feet:

The Recon was pretty good at the 75 ft mark.  If the wind picked up or I started to daydream, I would find my line and leader in a pile at about 70 ft. but if you waited for the wind to die down and paid attention the Recon did really well and was accurate and fun.  I think this would make a great rod for someone who is looking for an upgrade.  If weight and feel aren’t a top priority the rod is accurate and powerful enough to warrant a look.

 
 
 
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