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Clutch Archipelago Fly Rod


9’ in length and available in eight line sizes, 5wt through 12wt Archipelago Rods feature a slim profile designed to slice through extreme coastal winds, and high-modulus blank construction that blends delicacy with power.

The result is a rod capable of reaching out to deliver tarpon flies delicately to laid up fish, with the backbone to break the spirit of the largest saltwater bruisers quickly and under demanding conditions.

The Saltwater Archipelago Series are four-piece rods featuring REC Recoil Snake guides, light weight Titanium Stripper Guides with SIC inserts, and a light weight natural finish with UV Coating, anodized aluminum reel seat with laser engraved CLUTCH logo, an attractive “tuxedo black” rod tube.

Grips and Butts
the 5 through 8 has a normal cork full wells grip with a 1'0" fighting butt. The 9 through 12 has a reinforced hard cork upper grip that helps with durability of the grip, which helps when casting big rods with big lines and flies. The 10 through 12 weight rods also have a 1'5" butt.

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Clutch Archipelago 9" 5wt Fly Rod
$810.00
9'0"
5 Weight
4 Piece
Handle: B


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Clutch Archipelago 9" 6wt Fly Rod
$810.00
9'0"
6 Weight
4 Piece
Handle: B


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Clutch Archipelago 9" 7wt Fly Rod
$810.00
9'0"
7 Weight
4 Piece
Handle: B


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Clutch Archipelago 9" 8wt Fly Rod
$810.00
9'0"
8 Weight
4 Piece
Handle: B


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Clutch Archipelago 9" 9wt Fly Rod
$810.00
9'0"
9 Weight
4 Piece
Handle: C


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Clutch Archipelago 9" 10wt Fly Rod
$810.00
9'0"
10 Weight
4 Piece
Handle: C


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Clutch Archipelago 9" 11wt Fly Rod
$810.00
9'0"
11 Weight
4 Piece
Handle: C


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Clutch Archipelago 9" 12wt Fly Rod
$810.00
9'0"
12 Weight
4 Piece
Handle: C



Clutch Warranty

Recommended Fly Line
We have cast several different types of lines on the Archipelago. There are some variations in the rods when you go through them. The 6,7 and 8 are outstanding cross over rods that work well in both freshwater and saltwater. When using them more specifically for bass with wind resistant flies we prefer the Rio Outbound Short. On all of these rods the Outbound Short loads the rods really well when fishing bass bugs and other flies that may collect allot of water. We have not tested them properly in saltwater yet but have cast saltwater lines on them. the Rio Bonefish on the 8 weight is a dream. You of course can apply the same taper to the 6 and 7 and they will be equally good. Another line on these rods that work really well is the Grand Slam line from S/A. The Grand Slam is probably our favorite new fly line for 2016 and think you can't go wrong with this line on the 6,7 or 8.

The odd rod in the Archipelago line is the 9'0" for the 5. It is not the same action as the rod sizes above it. It is a softer rod and we see it as being one of our favorite terrestrial rods going forward. It still creates ample line speeds but it presents a little softer which will come in very handy when fishing terrestrials for Smallmouth in flat water. The 5 also has a full wells grip and a fighting butt. Really excited about this rod for Terrestrials. We prefer the Rio Gold for this rod and even a MPX line from S/A. The 9 through 12 weights are power house rods best suited exclusively for saltwater fishing. The 9 will be a solid Permit rods and the Rio Permit line is a solid choice, it cast nicely. The 10-12 are rods that take the general purpose lines well and we would recommend the Grand Slam line from S/A.