Hydros Large Arbor Fly Reels

Take on the big game with the outstanding performance of our large-arbor fly fishing reel.

Details

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

  • Hydros LA I for line weights 1-2; 3.9 oz, 3" diameter.
  • Hydros LA II for line weights 3-4; 4.3 oz, 3⅓" diameter
  • Hydros LA III for line weights 5-6; 5.0 oz, 3⅔" diameter
  • Hydros LA IV for line weights 7-8; 6.9 oz, 3⅞" diameter
  • Hydros LA V for line weights 9-10; 8.0 oz, 4¼" diameter
  • Hydros LA VI for line weights 11-12; 8.5 oz, 4½" diameter
  • Reel Manual

    Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 138 reviews

    5-star:
    112
    4-star:
    10
    3-star:
    6
    2-star:
    3
    1-star:
    7

    123 of 138 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Very Nice Reel - 5/13/2015
      By: from Northern New York
      Top 50 Contributor

      This is a very functional smooth running reel that also looks great. I have various sizes up to a Hydros IV and they are all well built with a nice easy to use smooth drag.

    • 5/5

      Always wanted a hydros reel - 5/1/2015
      By: from Western ny

      I have always used just a fly reel .I will never regret buying a hydros fly reel because the first time I fished with the hydros . I have a winner.

    • 1/5

      Large arbor - 4/29/2015
      By:

      I purchased two of the largest arbor reels for salt water fly fishing. The first reel broke down after a small tuna (~8Ibs) made a run. The pin in plastic and spring collapsed and the break/drag never recovered either. The second reel broke down in almost the same way. While fighting a small mahi-mahi (~9Ibs) the break/drag completly jammed and now the break/drag isn't working any longer. Frustrating to loose fish in this way. Have switched over to other reels. Both these reels have retired and did not cope even with light salt water fly fishing for small tuna and mahi-mahi. Dissapointing

    • 5/5

      Awesome upgrade - 4/27/2015
      By: from Salem, MA

      Stepped up to a new reel for my 9wt saltwater outfit and I couldn't be happier. Holds plenty of line and the balance feels great. Good deal on an extra spool to boot!

    • 5/5

      great reel and service - 4/23/2015
      By: from australia

      this is a great reel very happy with it great postage service to very quick thanks very much.

    • 5/5

      Impressive - 4/20/2015
      By: from San Diego

      It not only works very well it looks and feels like a more expensive reel

    • 4/5

      best value - 4/14/2015
      By: from Burlington, VT

      Hydros reels go toe to toe with best in class reels for nearly all performance metrics and at half the cost or even better. Only gave 4stars due to some cosemetic and subtle quality issues - delt with swiftly by Orvis. Already planning to add at least one more to my collection.

    • 4/5

      Goes well with my rod - 4/3/2015
      By: from Scotland

      Bought to use with an older rod , an OrvisTrident TLS mid flex ( which suits me fine). Rod reel balance is just right. Drag been tested on wee daft trout, nice smooth action at a light setting Quality of the product is very good, service from the people first class.

    • 5/5

      Best Fly Reel in my Arsenal - 4/2/2015
      By: from North Carolina

      I purchased a Hydros LA II and have used it on my 5 and 3 weight Orvis rods. The reel is smooth, and the drag system increased my catches when using 6X tippet with large trout. I liked the Hydros so much that I have added the IV and V to my arsenal with a variety of weighted lines for various conditions, including Saltwater fishing. Great job Orvis.

    • 5/5

      quality product - 4/1/2015
      By:

      Quality product along with quality customer service, what else can you state !!

    Backing Info

    Hydros Large Arbor Reel: Backing Capacities
    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA I  
    1-2
    20-lb Dacron
    WF2F:75
    3"
    3.9 oz

    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA II  
    3-4
    20-lb Dacron
    WF4F:125
    3 1/3"
    4.3 oz

    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA III  
    5-6
    20-lb Dacron
    WF6F:125
    3 2/3"
    5.0 oz

    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA IV  
    7-8
    20-lb Dacron
    WF8F:200
    3 7/8"
    6.9 oz

    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA V  
    9-10
    30-lb Dacron
    WF10F:225
    4 1/4"
    8.0 oz

    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA VI  
    11-12
    30-lb Dacron
    WF12F:325
    4 1/2"
    8.5 oz

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