Clearwater® Large-Arbor

The best value fly reel you will find delivering top performance.


Finally a cast aluminum large arbor fly fishing reel that's lightweight enough to balance properly with your favorite fly rod and truly the best value fly reel around. Two years in design and development and with a powerful inline, Rulon® to stainless, stacked disc drag that can hold its own with high-performance machined reels, the all new Clearwater Large-Arbor costs significantly less than its machined cousins, but has not only the looks, but the guts of a higher-priced version. Easily converted to either left- or right-hand retrieve, the Clearwater fly reel has a positive click drag knob for consistent settings every time. Whether you're looking for your first large arbor, fishing on a budget, or want a spare or two in the bag, the new Clearwater Large-Arbor can handle anything a machined reel can and completely changes the game in die cast reels.

  • Clearwater LA II for line weights 4-6, 5.5 oz., 3⅜" diameter.
  • Clearwater LA IV for line weights 7-9, 6.3 oz., 3⅞" diameter.
  • Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 93 reviews


    91 of 93 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Great reel... - 8/28/2014
      By: from New Hampshire

      I have used this reel for 12 months now and have had no problems. The drag is smooth, the reel is tough. The black finish has held up after use on both shore (rocks) and boat (rails, floor, seats, etc). Did not lock up in winter weather ( down to 28 degrees or so ). A great reel. I expect it will last a long time.

    • 5/5

      Great Buy! - 8/10/2014

      Just got this reel as a replacement, love it! Large arbor is the way to go!

    • 5/5

      Solid as a rock - 8/5/2014

      Granted this is only my second fly reel but it is a definite upgrade from my previous one. You cant beat the price point either. I recommend getting the reel with the line loaded by Orvis. Well worth the time.

    • 5/5

      Great Value - 7/29/2014
      By: from Louisville, KY

      As a first time, or backup, reel, this one is hard to beat. Smooth, light, and will stop a fast moving car. Or a 2 1/2 lb Rainbow!!

    • 4/5

      Just don't drop it - 7/26/2014
      By: from Little rock, AR

      I've used this reel for a couple of months now it matches up nicely with the Clearwater rod, giving the outfit a nice balance. I've caught several trout on this, the largest was 4# and the drag worked great. It appears the reel is well designed, but I dropped it when trying to get it in the reel seat and pitted the aluminum and the paint/powder coat. Cosmetic on!y and probably justthe nature of the cast aluminum. I would not consider this a design flaw though as the reel is tough where it counts .

    • 4/5

      Great Quality Reel - 7/4/2014
      By: from New York

      I bought this reel along with the Clearwater rod. This is great little reel! You get the Orvis quality without breaking the bank. It's just what I was looking for. The mechanics of this reel are very smooth. Pair it up with a Clearwater rod & you have yourself a nice rig!

    • 5/5

      Greet Buy! - 7/3/2014
      By: from El Paso, TX

      Great quality fr the price. Very happy with my Clearwater II.

    • 5/5

      Great Reel - 6/27/2014
      By: from Central PA

      Clearwater reel is outstanding. Matched with the clearwater rod it cant be beat. Just got the combo rod and reel today and took it out for a test drive very impressive! Thank you Orvis for a great product that is also affordable! Worth every penny.

    • 5/5

      Hat Trick - 6/13/2014
      By: from Arlington TN

      The large arbor reel is a good value for the light weight, ease of disassembly and drag setting, all simple to me. But paired with the Orvis installed backing and paired with the Clearwater line is a good combination of price competitive, quality products. Delivery time was excellent. I already had an Orvis 5 WT rod.

    • 5/5

      great reel. - 6/5/2014
      By: from Reno, NV

      I have had the reel for 2 months now and have used it on my 5wt many times already. The drag is a good system and the quality is better than most other reels at the same price and one of my old ones that cost even more. I plan on buying a few more to outfit all my rods with.

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    • Clearwater Large Arbor £69.00
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