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: 4.7/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 88 reviews

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    86 of 88 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 4/5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Great Reel - 6/4/2014
      By: from Washington the State

      The Reel arrived the day before we departed on a weekend long trout expedition. It performed flawlessly, the drag was smooth and easy to adjust, handling many trout in the 2 to 6 lb class. While this reel is not cheap it is a great value!

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Reel was as expected - 5/21/2014

      The online advertising for this reel was accurate. I attached it to a rod and worked it a bit, all was as I expected.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Very nice reel - 5/20/2014
      By: from Colorado Springs, CO

      My first trout water large arbor and I love it. Takes up line quickly, adjustable drag allow me to crank it down when needed and great balance on my Access, Clearwater and Winston rods. Great real for the price and does all you need it to do.

    • 4/5 stars 4/5


    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Rescinding a bad review. Orvis fixed. - 5/14/2014
      By: from Clinton Twp. MI

      This is part 2 of my 2 star review I posted a few weeks ago. Long story short is I had a horrible time with my 1st Clearwater reel. I sent it to orvis to be fixed and my new review starts here when I received the "fixed" clear water.. I received a brand new Clearwater reel. Right away it felt different. The machining is tight, the drag is sensitive and responsive. As I tighten the drag the reel responds as it should..I tighten the drag all the way down and I have full confidence that it will stop the largest pacific salmon that the Great Lakes has to throw at it.. This is not the same lemon that I purchased. This is the reel that I expected when I read all the great reviews.. I would absolutely recommend this Clearwater reel to a friend.. I am very happy with my replacement... It reaffirms my decision to but the orvis guide waders and gale force sling pack.. The orvis warranty is alive and well!! Thanks orvis for making this right.

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    • Clearwater Large Arbor £69.00
    • Clearwater Large Arbor - Extra Spool £36.00
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