CFO Reel

A classically designed American made fly reel perfect as your go to model.


The CFO® reel family has been a fly-fishing hallmark for decades. This redesigned click-and-pawl CFO is now made in America for the first time ever, with the same handsome design and simple function preferred by anglers for years. Each reel is machined in California to the same exacting standards as the timeless original, detailed with a modern finish. Features an externally adjusted drag knob and an easy conversion from left- to right-hand retrieve. In black nickel. Made in USA.

  • CFO I for line weights 1-3, 3.2 oz, 2¾" diameter.
  • CFO II for line weights 3-5, 3.3 oz, 2⅞" diameter.
  • CFO III for line weights 5-7, 3.5 oz, 3" diameter.
  • Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 25 reviews


    23 of 25 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Great Reel - 8/5/2015
      By: from Albuquerque, NM

      I have two CFO reels that I use with my 4 and 5 weight Superfine Trout Bum rods. The combo is perfect for the streams I fish in Northern New the drag and craftsmanship of these reels.

    • 5/5


    • 4/5

      Good reel. Spare spools would make it great. - 5/3/2015

      Quality product. Find myself not wanting to fish my other reels. It is, however, incredibly frustrating that spare spools are not made available. Orvis needs to make this happen. I will not buy another CFO until the spare spools become available. If the wait is too long, I'm switching brands.

    • 4/5

      reel renaissance - 2/25/2015
      By: from Maine

      Great to have the CFO click pawl back. USA made is a huge plus. A well-machined, good looking reel in the tradition of one of the all time classic trout reels. Two small wishes: change the phillips head screws on the latch cover to slotted screws (a tradition/aesthetics thing). And PLEASE offer a CFO IV! I would love the larger size for my DT lines or a 7 weight with a reasonable amount of backing.

    • 4/5

      Verdict Still Out - 2/24/2015
      By: from Plano, TX

      I've matched the CFO ll with a 4wt-8'6" H2 rod. I have been very happy with the balance of the reel and rod. However, I had to return the product for replacement due to the click and pawl breaking down on a trip that left me with my older CFO that I find to be made of lesser materials, but of really good quality. If an extra spool would of been available the customer experience would of been more satisfying. I would still highly recommend the reel for lightness and Orvis's warranty replacement which is unmatched in the marketplace.

    • 5/5

      Fine Product - 2/16/2015
      By: from Fredericktown, Oh

      Finely detailed reel with high end features for the discerning fisherman. Made in USA which is a definite plus.

    • 4/5

      Orvis CFO II - 2/7/2015

      This reel is a beautiful work of art. I have WF 4wt Hydros Superfine on it, and it is mated with my 7'-0" 4wt Superfine Touch. Only negative of this reel is the unavailability of spare spools. Orvis needs to make them available.

    • 5/5

      Perfection - 1/22/2015
      By: from southern New Mexico

      Some things simply can't be improved upon, any more than the circle can be squared, and this CFO design is one of those things. You don't perfect perfection. It's already there....

    • 5/5

      SO glad you did this - 1/16/2015
      By: from Ostrander, OH
      Top 100 Contributor

      All my reels, and I mean ALL my reels, are either UK or US made, which, sadly, means I hadn't bought a new reel from Orvis for a few years. I am SO pleased with the quality of design, materials, and workmanship of the new CFO that I may now be able to start accumulating new CFOs to add to all the CFOs and Battenkills I had managed to accumulate over the years. Really a nice, nice, nice return to a standard of tradition and quality that, for your most loyal flyfishing customers, didn't really require you to go offshore in the first place. Thank you for this beautiful new American-made CFO reel.

    • 5/5

      Beautiful CFO #1 fly reel - 12/17/2014
      By: from Montana

      I presently have all generations of the Orvis CFO reel but I must say the new one made in USA is the very best by a wide margin. Beautifully machined, beautifully fitted, very light weight.---it easily rivals Peerless and other high end click and pawl fly reels. I will get another in the #2 size soon. We do need to have some spare spools for these reels though.

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