Orvis Hydros Large Arbor Fly Reel

There is not another true large arbor, big-game fly-fishing reel out there that carries this drag system performance at a price starting at just $225. It's unheard of until now. The new Hydros Reel Series features a sealed drag surface that increases total drag surface by model: The larger the reel, the larger the drag surface and the more resistance available to handle larger fish. Using stacked carbon washers, controlled by a positive click adjustment system, the Hydros can be fine- tuned to handle any fish from a trout to a tuna with sustained and infinitely durable drag pressure.

  • HYDROS I-II have a two carbon washer drag system
  • HYDROS III-V have a four carbon washer drag system
  • HYDROS VI has a six carbon washer drag system (definitely the strongest drag system in its class)
  • Multiplies retrieval rates
  • Eliminates line coil
  • New Mirage-style handle
  • In gold, black, titanium

  • Please note: backing can add 3-5 days to the shipping estimate

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    Orvis Hydros Large Arbor Reels

  • Hydros LA I for line weights 1-2; 3.9 oz, 3" diameter.
  • Hydros LA II for line weights 3-4; 4.3 oz, 3 1/3" diameter
  • Hydros LA III for line weights 5-6; 5.0 oz, 3 2/3" diameter
  • Hydros LA IV for line weights 7-8; 6.9 oz, 3 7/8" diameter
  • Hydros LA V for line weights 9-10; 8.0 oz, 4 1/4" diameter
  • Hydros LA VI for line weights 11-12; 8.5 oz, 4 1/2" diameter

  • Note: This reel has undergone a running change; we modified the design in 2013 to minimize the issue of running line slipping through the line guard / spool interface. A reel with exceptionally tight tolerance is prone to rubbing under pressure. A slightly larger tolerance, as intended in the Hydros Large Arbor, allows for more operational clearance, but does allow running lines smaller than 0.029" to potentially slip through. For those using running lines less than 0.029" in diameter, please take this into consideration.

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    Orvis Hydros Large Arbor Fly Reel Reviews

    Solid reel with a big issue Review by Trent
    Posted on 10/14/14
    I really like this reel but when I switched the line on it to a Skagit Versitip System for spey casting, for some reason the running line kept getting caught in the space between the spool and the rest of the reel. Drives me crazy.
    Best of orvis lineup Review by TenaciousP
    Posted on 10/9/14
    I have the IV. I'm not sure you can rate this anything but a 5, especially when the value is considered. The drag is nothing short of amazing. Smooth. (I like it better than the Mirage.) I use this real on my 7# for steelhead and my #8 for stripers. Fresh/Salt. Never had a problem. I really have not found another real in sub-300 world even close.

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    Model Diameter Weight Arbor Size Drag Type Capacity Line Weight Color Price  
    LA IV 3.88" 6.9 oz Large Sealed Cassette 7, 8 Gold $290.00
    LA II 3.33" 4.3 oz Large Sealed Cassette 3, 4 Titanium $255.00