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
Overall: 4.5 / 5 based on 105 reviews
92 of 105 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
By: eddy3131 from Port Alberni, BC
I have had this reel for 9 months and already the click pin is worn out. This reel has had a moderate amount of use and has been babied since I bought it. The drag on it is excellent for the price but the components are cheap. I wouldn't recommend any Canadian buying this as the shipping is way overpriced and took nearly a month to get to me. It is a good looking reel that could have been a real bargain but has yet to impress.
Hydros - Best Orvis Valued Reel -
By: Qrachel from LA
Dollar for Dollar, the best reel value and that's not just my opinion. Checkout 8wt Shootout by Yollowstone Anglers. I have an 8wt and a 4wt, just top shelf products. I'm thinkng about an H2 3wt , 10' and looking at FWX, Lamsom Lightspeed and the Orvis Mirage. Hydros is at a tough value to turndown. I'm new to the sport and wouldn't mind an upgrade, but nothing seems $100-$200 better. Good problem to have. Rachel
Lightweight but strong -
By: Xmen28 from Connecticut
I use this reel in a 7 weight set up for stripers and bluefish inshore. It is great. It is lightweight but big enough to handle good sized fish. Simple design , fast line pick up , and is very easy to use and especially easy to clean after salt water use.
9/10 wt Hydros!!! -
By: Matt0819 from Massachusetts & Florida
I recently ordered the Orvis Hydros 9/10 wt fly reel and received it within a few days. The reel felt light yet strong. I loaded it up with 30 lb backing and 10wt floating line to match my 10wt rod. That week I went out and caught four striped bass, one measuring 40 inches. The drag system on this reel is amazing and for the price it is the best fly reel I have used. I can't wait to use this reel for tarpon back in Florida.
The Best -
By: HARL from Barrie Ont.
I have tried other reels but have found I wanted the best . Should have came here first.
Well Built and Balanced. -
By: Timbonz from New York State, Vermont, NJ, Penn Trout Rivers
I haven't had any problems with the reel. Smooth casting and retreiving. Ordered with Hydro 5 float. Nice that the line, backing were loaded by Orvis. Nice touch.
Super Reel !! -
By: ColFrank from Houston, TX
I bought the Hydros V, loved it and got another, the added two spare spools. My main benchmark is the superior drag system where I can incrementaly increase the drag when fighting the big fish. A 5lb Bonefish is a no contest with this reel. A perfect match with my 7wt and 8wt. Helios 2's
By: thePhishwittnes from Edmonton AB
Twice the drag available in any large arbor i have ever had!! Supper strong with less fall damage as well. Great real can't wait to fight some big trout on this guy!!
Orvis comes through again! -
By: pcgator from Panama City, FL
I own an Orvis Battenkill reel on a Orvis Saltrodder which I use in both fresh and saltwater. I love that set up so when I wanted to upgrade I looked to Orvis. After researching the rods and reels and holding them at an Orvis store, I settled on the Hydros Large Arbor V and put it on an Orvis Helios2. This set up is very balanced and I love the Hydros reel, especially the drag system. Orvis came through again!
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