Clearwater® Large Arbor

The best value fly reel you will find delivering top performance.


Finally a cast aluminum large arbor fly fishing reel that's lightweight enough to balance properly with your favorite fly rod and truly the best value fly reel around. Two years in design and development and with a powerful inline, Rulon® to stainless, stacked disc drag that can hold its own with high-performance machined reels, the all new Clearwater Large Arbor costs significantly less than its machined cousins, but has not only the looks, but the guts of a higher-priced version. Easily converted to either left- or right-hand retrieve, the Clearwater fly reel has a positive click drag knob for consistent settings every time. Whether you're looking for your first large arbor, fishing on a budget, or want a spare or two in the bag, the new Clearwater Large Arbor can handle anything a machined reel can and completely changes the game in die cast reels.

  • Clearwater LA II for line weights 4-6, 5.5 oz., 3⅜" diameter.
  • Clearwater LA IV for line weights 7-9, 6.3 oz., 3⅞" diameter.
  • Reviews

    Overall: 4.7/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 73 reviews

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    72 of 73 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Clearwater Large Arbor - 4/15/2014

      Haven't had a chance to use this reel yet but it looks and feels great. I wanted a reel with a spare spool to use in Colorado. Have one spool with floating line and the other with a sink tip. I'm basically a Saltwater Fly guy but have done well with streamers in freshwater. The reel compares well to what I'm use to in the Salt.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Real great reel - 4/4/2014
      By: from Akron, OH

      Purchased this for steelhead and it has not failed me, ever. It can hold as much line and backing as I want. Love the drag. It has been tested by many carp, steelhead, and trout. Thanks, Orvis!

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      tremendous value - 3/18/2014
      By: from Killbuck, OH

      For the ridiculously low price of this reel you are getting an amazing value! Picks up line quickly and the drag is as good as that of a much more expensive reel I also own! Service was great as always! Shipped and received within 3 days!!

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Clearwater reel does it for me - 3/7/2014

      I have been fishing a Pflueger Medalist for the last thirty years but after seeing some of the large arbor reels now available I decided it was time to change. I reviewed and examined, in store , many of the reels now on the market. I decided the Clearwater was the best combination of price and quality available. I do not, as a rule, treat my reels and rods very nicely. I'm 5'6'' and when I change flies in the stream the reel and rod rest on the bottom, sand, rock, whatever. The Clearwater takes a beating and keeps on ticking. I've still got my old Pflueger but it is now in time-honored retirement

    • 4/5 stars 4/5

      Excellent reel - 2/7/2014
      By: from Stevensville, Mt.

      This my 2nd Clearwater reel. These large reels arbor are very good and work well for trout fishing here in Montana. I like the faster retrieve you get with a large arbor reel. Excellent quality for the price.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Excellent - 2/4/2014

      Very smooth. The quality of this reel is obvious while using it and for a reasonable price.

    • 4/5 stars 4/5

      Unmatched for the $$ - 1/21/2014
      By: from Springfield, MO

      Excellent for trout and most freshwater fishing in all but the most demanding circumstances. Balances well with most 8-9 ft rods, and has a good drag. Is a true large arbor design. I have reels that cost 10 times what I paid for this one, but none that are worth twice what this one is under routine freshwater conditions. It does a fine job for day in and day out trout / smallmouth / largemouth bass fishing. Would probably avoid cheaper reels on salmon, steelhead, and salt water species though...

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Sea trout Smooth - 1/21/2014
      By: from Rockport, Texas

      A great reel for saltwater fishing. The weight is right for an all day fishing trip. The drag adjustment will wear out the big ones. Super!

    • 4/5 stars 4/5

      A best buy for beginners' 8-weights - 1/15/2014
      By: from Burlington, KY

      Another great reel for the budget-conscious flyfisher. This large-arbor reel allows for lots of backing plus an WF8 or 9 line – just what we mid-westerners need for muskie or carp on the fly. The drag is smooth and easy to adjust and the finish is A-1.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Very happy - 12/18/2013
      By: from Tacoma WA

      Great quality, reasonable price, and awesome customer service. I was able to speak with a custmer service rep and he paired me up with right reel for my needs.

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    • Clearwater Large Arbor £69.00
    • Clearwater Large Arbor - Extra Spool £36.00
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