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 91 reviews
80 of 91 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
By: GuernseyFlyfisher from Guernsey, Channel Islands
Reel arrived within a few days by courier - great service! Really impressed with my first Orvis reel - wonderfully balanced, well machined and perfect for the job of targeting saltwater sea bass on the fly! One very happy customer!
homerun by orvis on this reel -
By: bezer from Matlacha Fl.
I bought this reel after a lot of research on it's drag.I fish for snook a lot along mangrove lines and you need a reel that can really put the heat on a big snook since you have about 5 seconds to keep them out of the cover or it's game over and this reel delivers and then some.I love my #4 hydros.Other than I wish it had a bigger handle.You can buy more expensive reels that don't have the drag the hydros has but why?Great reel.Well done orvis!
What more do you need? -
I own several Orvis reels, but this is my first Hydros - it did not disappoint - beautifully machined with smooth and consistent drag ratchet, and made to last a lifetime. Well done!
Hydros LR III reel -
Ordering new equipment online without having the opportunity to test it can be a guessing game. But the Hydros LR reel is everything that it is described to be. I have been searching for a replacement reel for my 5wt rod and the Hydros is a great addition. Well built and has all the (smooth) drag I will ever need. All I need now are some extra spools and I'll be set.
THE GAP! -
By: kingfisher44 from Aberlour, Scotland
So you buy the Hydros. It seems like the perfect reel. You can't wait to go fishing ... and then, when you do, you discover THE GAP!! How? Because your running line has already discovered it, and has slid through. Seriously, especially if you Spey cast, save yourself a lot of time and hassle and buy another reel.
Response from: Orvis Customer Service
Posted: 1/30/2014 1:51:27 PM
Thank you for your feedback regarding the Hydros Large Arbor Reel. This reel has undergone a running change; we modified the design in 2013 to minimize the issue of running line slipping through the line guard / spool interface. A reel with exceptionally tight tolerance is prone to rubbing under pressure. A slightly larger tolerance, as intended in the Hydros Large Arbor, allows for more operational clearance, but does allow running lines smaller than 0.029" to potentially slip through. For those using running lines less than 0.029" in diameter, please take this into consideration. Again, we appreciate your feedback. As always, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our products.
By: thelongboot from Dublin, Ireland
As other reviewers have said, the running line escapes through the gap between spool and reel – causing a reel jam and a lost fish. Result: an unusable reel that has to be returned for a refund. I've used Battenkill LA reels for years now, without any problems; the Hydros is an upgraded version of the Battenkills, and were in not for the gap problem they would be excellent reels for the money. Given that it would be such a small and easy thing to fix, I'm curious to know why Orvis don't seem to be addressing this issue.
Great reel -
By: Rockstar8282 from Las vegas
Amazing reel and great customer service from Orvis as always. I used the reel the day after delivery and was impressed with it in action. I would highly recommend this product to anyone in the market.
Smooth, powerful Drag -
By: Jekyll from Salmon River, NY
I've now used a Hydros V for 2 seasons and caught over 2000 Chinook salmon and steelhead. I've found the drag to be impressively smooth and powerful. I think the Hydros drag beats that of my Mirage V. The spool handle is the weak spot on this reel. Mine loosened several times and ultimately stripped but, an Orvis dealer swapped out my spool for free. I've learned how to avoid future problems with the handle. This is a superb reel for strong salmon and steelhead. It has the power and capacity to subdue and tame hard fighting, large fish.
Good reel -
By: Zumpafust from Twinsburg, OH
Top 1000 Contributor
This is a good reel that I use steelhead fishing with my ClearWater 10', 8w rod. The drag is very smooth, easy to adjust and very gradual. Too bad that the click pin is made of some sort of plastic and after a while it wears out and it doesn't provide very audible feedback. Orvis should really fix this design flaw. FIshermen love to hear that sound when they have a nice fish at the end of the line!
My second one -
By: drflytier from Baltimore, MD
So I lost my first Orvis Hydros III reel in Alaska this summer. I had a massive Sockeye on the line, he ran the line, the pole and everything attached to it (except me)! I nearly cried. Now I'm planning a trip to Lake Casitas, CA for some big, big bass and naturally I cannot be without my favorite reel. So I bought another Hydros III. Wish me luck...
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