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 124 reviews

    5-star:
    101
    4-star:
    8
    3-star:
    6
    2-star:
    3
    1-star:
    6

    110 of 124 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Best reel I have ever used - 3/2/2015
      By: from Newcastle upon Tyne England

      This reel is the best reel I have ever used. The feel and drag system is first class. Excellent quality and finish and I would recommend anyone who is in the market for new and high end products that there is no need to look any further than Orvis

    • 5/5

      Bigreel - 3/2/2015
      By: from Richmond, VA

      Bought this reel for Saltwater fishing. Haven't used it yet, but thanks to my local Orvis store its all ready to go. Good Price.

    • 5/5

      2/26/2015
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    • 5/5

      Oh yes! - 2/19/2015
      By:

      Easily the nicest reel I've ever bought. Soooooo smoooooooooth. Those rainbows won't know what's hit them once I've found the rest of my tackle in my garage. Keep up the good work Orvis and please keep those constant stream of emails coming, they really brighten up my day! I used to have spam fritters for school dinner which were delicious but nothing like Orvis spam. Top notch!

    • 5/5

      Top of the line - 2/12/2015
      By: from Mystic, CT

      When fishing larger fish, the drag system on a reel is all important. Both the Mirage and Hydros have smooth drag systems. Fish do unexpected things, it's best if your gear doesn't.

    • 5/5

      consistant quality performance - 1/1/2015
      By: from Pt Reyes Ca

      I have been using the Hydros large arbor reels now for about 5 years in salt water fishing, primarily in Belize and the Yucatan and the Sea of Cortez. These reels hold up very well in all conditions. The sealed drag system is a real plus as a wet reel is still as dependable as dry-no changes in lbs/pull at all. From tarpon to bonefish ,permit to sailfish, the performance is consistantley flawless. I will continue to expand my ownership of this product as well as recommend it to others.

    • 5/5

      Just what I wanted - 12/27/2014
      By: from Tulsa, OK

      It's just what I wanted. It's lightweight and balances my new Access 8 weight rod perfectly. This is great for bass and striper fishing here at home and tailing redfish on the flats of South Padre Island.

    • 5/5

      Perfect reel - 12/13/2014
      By:

      I really like this reel when I was fishing in the Patagonia / Chile some Chinook Salmons

    • 5/5

      Great All Round Reel - 12/10/2014
      By: from Cape Cod MA

      I began with Battenkills and had them salt up quite regularly. The Hydros goes longer before the drag needs attention. Really happy with the reel. Even though it has a sealed drag, you still need to pay attention. I generally break it down and do a real cleaning annually with regular cleanings after each use. Great Real for the money.

    • 4/5

      Great Value for the dollars - 12/9/2014
      By: from Washington State

      Looked at internet reviews for large arbor, large capacity fly reels for my Skagit heads. Decide this reel was the best bang for the dollar. Sturdy construction, good drag system and fancy looking.

    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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