Orvis Mirage Big Game IV Fly Reel Review

Posted on March 4, 2013 by Ben F There have been 3 comment(s)


One of the biggest surprises of the 8-weight Challenge was how well the Orvis Mirage performed.  It had the 2nd strongest drag in the test!


8-Weight Challenge Full Results


7.45 ounces.  A little lighter than average.  Definitely light for this kind of drag performance.


Sealed 16 disc drag. With nearly 12 lbs of drag, the Orvis Mirage had the second strongest drag in our test. Start-up inertia was low as well.



Nice click - not too loud or metallic.


At 9.26 inches per turn, the Mirage had one of the fastest retrieves in our test.  It was also truly sized for an 8-weight at 6.6 cubic inches.


The Orvis is a pretty good looking reel!  Unfortunately, the finish isn't quite as nice as some of the more high-end reels.  This is typical of reels trying to replicate "Tibor Gold" overseas.


The Orvis handle felt large enough for saltwater battles.  The spool is easy to remove and replace and the retrieve switches from left to right, easily.



Lifetime to the original owner + $20 fee.


Price: $495


Great drag performance, fast retrieval, light weight, and great price- what's not to love?  The Orvis Mirage definitely stood out from the crowd in the 8-weight Challenge.


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  • Great Price
  • True saltwater drag strength
  • Quick retrieve


  • Colors aren't as refined as Tibor
  • Unlikely to impress your friends on the flats



This post was posted in 8-Weight Challenge, Fly Reel Reviews and was tagged with best saltwater fly reel, bonefish reel, fly reel test


  • Orvis experience for me....really,really....horrendous..the drag is definitely beefy but takes 10 clicks on the knob before anything happens.Milled like crap.First trip to catch albies offshore here in Fl...the spool was GRINDING against the frame after third fish...Suffice to say shocked....Customer Service is also not good. Last Orvis reel i will ever buy.

    Posted on September 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

  • Strange comment "...10 clicks on the knob before anything happens." Is the drag that difficult to set, particularly if you have it set when you begin fishing.

    Posted on January 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm

  • The comments by Dave Bullard are a little confusing.
    "Orvis experience for me....really,really....horrendous..the drag is definitely beefy but takes 10 clicks on the knob before anything happens.'
    First, yes it takes a few clicks before the drag really sets in, but why do you have the drag set at the extreme lowest setting when starting to fish each time? Second, ten clicks isn't a monumental effort, just set your drag at 8 clicks when pulling out line.
    "Milled like crap". Can't agree with you at all there. Mine works great.
    "Customer Service is also not good." Then you must have called another number rather than the actual Orvis customer service number.

    Posted on January 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

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