Overall: 4.6 / 5 based on 67 reviews
62 of 67 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
a long awaited purchase -
By: Chetter from Phoenix, AZ./
Perfect balance with my frequent flyer rod, very smooth. Look at for many years at the store and catalogs, one day the wife said, " oh just go buy it". You know how fast I moved. Just received a spare spool for it. Great reel. I want to see and feel the new CFO.
Love These Reels -
By: Bdosser from Baton Rouge, LA
I have a CFO I on a 7 1/2 ft 3 wt Superfine Touch that I really love. This one is going on a Super Fine Touch 9 ft 5 wt I'm setting up for my go to dry fly rod. The Bronze Reel really compliments the Super Fine Touch, more than the new CFO or the new Battenkill IMO.
Functional and stylish -
By: SpanFly from Mooresville, NC
Top 1000 Contributor
I bought this reel in size 1 and was slightly skeptical. Well, I quickly set aside any skepticism once I hooked into some large wild fish and heard that reel scream. It was a beautiful sound. It held up time and again during their screaming runs and it still is running wonderfully in its third season. Thanks Orvis! P.S. I also bought the 3 for my 4 wt. helios 1 bc I loved it so much. Great pair too.
Very smooth action with a classic design. Awesome pair with my St Croix Avid 3wt
Amazing engineering -
By: Sands from Cambridge, UK
This is a really beautiful little reel. For years I have wanted an Orvis reel and I have not been disappointed by the quality.
Classic flawless design … less is more! -
By: Selous from Sweden
I used to admire the CFO's in the early seventies however not within my reach due to my financial limitations as an teenager. I had to rely on a Shakespeare look - a -like .. Now , later in life, I've finally treated myself with a Superfine Touch and CFO combo (that weight's less than half the old Shakespeare reel), that will be the spearheads of my fly-fishing armory. Less is more!
Classic fly reel -
By: jogger from Bristol, UK
I bought the CFO II reel in the Bath store a while ago. It was everything I expected in terms of build quality and function. When I decided to go for a 3 weight rod and line, I needed a spare spool, which I purchased online. This completes my reel requirement for the rivers. Also the spool was made in UK according to the box it came in, may be old stock but I'm happy with that.
The CFO lll reel is elegant -
By: Robjcm14 from Brentwood Essex
I've already been using a CFO l reel for some time so choosing this larger capacity model was an easy choice. I think matching the reel, in both size and appearance with the rod, is important; size to maintain a good balance and to keep weight to a minimum, and appearance, well... it's just so nice to have such a beauty of a reel attached to your beloved Orvis rod. The CFO is certainly unlike most reels you see in the catalogue and using one gives you the feeling that you're back in the good old days of a bygone fishing era (you could also buy a new VW Camper to get the same effect, but it will cost you a lot more money) . For me, the CFO lll, which can take 5-7 line with sufficient enough backing (advise you use gel spun Dacron to increase capacity) matches a number of my Orvis rods perfectly and, unlike some of those enormous large arbor reels, in my humble opinion, it looks great. The bronze metallic material withstands scratches and scuffs, the drag works just as you would want it to, so what more to say than the CFO is just a lovely looking, beautifully performing little gem of a reel.
Great spool and frame, poor gearing. -
Very disappointed to unbox and load up my new CFO reel, only to find that the pawl mechanism does not align correctly with the cog wheel - resulting in a poor quality feel and uneven grinding as the line is retrieved. The problem seems like a manufacturing issue. A great shame, because the frame and spool are beautifully made, and this should be a simple and perfect reel that lasts forever. Orvis must improve the quality of the gearing in this reel, then I believe this will be a great product.
Excellent purchase -
By: brookman from Texas
Very happy with the smooth operation of this reel and the light wieght. Evenly balanced and great looking reel.
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