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: 4.5/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 103 reviews

    5 stars 5-star:
    83
    4 stars 4-star:
    7
    3 stars 3-star:
    4
    2 stars 2-star:
    3
    1 star 1-star:
    6

    91 of 103 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 4/5 stars 4/5

      Lightweight but strong - 8/11/2014
      By: 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.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      9/10 wt Hydros!!! - 7/28/2014
      By: 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.

    • 4/5 stars 4/5

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    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      The Best - 7/22/2014
      By: from Barrie Ont.

      I have tried other reels but have found I wanted the best . Should have came here first.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Well Built and Balanced. - 6/12/2014
      By: 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.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Super Reel !! - 6/12/2014
      By: 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

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Hydrose - 5/5/2014
      By: 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!!

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Orvis comes through again! - 4/29/2014
      By: 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!

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      The best flyreel i ever had - 4/4/2014
      By: from Dilling, Norway

      This is the best flyreel buying i have doing ever, a dream too togheter with my Helios 2 class 4. Thank you Orvis....

    • 2/5 stars 2/5

      An upgrade, not really - 4/1/2014
      By: from Aberdeenshire, Scotland
      Top 1000 Contributor

      I have various Mach and Battenkill Large Arbour reels from a size III upto size VI's. I bought the Hydros in size V for use with my 12' 9" shooting head salmon rod as it was a nice weight and size for the rod. I also bought 2 spare spools. I have 2 issues, one is the gap as already mentioned. The second is the amount of play the spool/bearings have. Grabbing the cage and the spool, it is easy to deflect the spool. This is, I am sure, the reason for the large gap because if you have the drag set strong, the spool deflects in the cage. My Battenkills and Machs, despite being a good few years old not, do not have this problem. I think there is a real problem with manufacture on these reels/spools that is unacceptable in a reel of this price. A real shame as I have always recommended Battenkill and Machs to others over the years.

    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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