CFO Disc Drag Fly Fishing Reel

This fly reel's look and feel is reminiscent of vintage fly fishing reels.


The CFO fly fishing reel has been the choice of technical fly fisherman since 1971. Reengineered to be lighter, smoother, and tougher. Although this fly fishing reel is machined using the most modern of materials and state-of-the-art machining technology, the CFO disc drag fly reel is a reverent nod to fly fishing tradition. The reel's signature look and sound are synonymous for thousands of fly fisherman with great moments on the water. It matches as perfectly in spirit, looks and performance with Orvis Superfine or bamboo fly rods as it does with our high-tech Helios fly rods.

  • CFO I for line weights 1-3, 3.6 oz., 2¾" diameter.
  • CFO II for line weights 3-5, 3.9 oz., 2⅞" diameter.
  • CFO III for line weights 5-7, 4 oz., 3" diameter.
  • Reel Manual


    Overall: 4.6/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 74 reviews

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    69 of 74 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Music to you ears! - 4/22/2014
      By: from Argentina

      I bought the CFO II a few days ago and I premiered in Rio Malleo (Argentina) is a river where you fishing much with dry flies. I used an Orvis T3 # 2 and the sound it get when a trout takes line is music to the ears! I recommend it for all who like classic reel formats.

    • 4/5 stars 4/5

      Perfect match - 4/14/2014
      By: from Bradenton, Fl

      i had a 7 1/2 foot bamboo Battenkill and no reel, until i purchased this reel. it is a perfect match and unlike the original CFO reel that would have been with the reel it has a working disc drag not just a clicker drag. i am very pleased with both performance and appearance.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Best small trout reel on the market - 4/11/2014
      By: from Omaha, NE
      Top 500 Contributor

      If you enjoy small stream trout fishing, you have to get this reel. I already had one which I purchased along with a Superfine rod last year. The combination makes fishing for small, illusive mountain trout an experience one remembers for a lifetime. The play, the feel, the fishing at its most basic best. A 12 inch, one pound brown or cutthroat feel and act like one of the "big boys"! A truly one with nature experience when he grabs your homemade fly and fights to get away. I bought this spare reel when I saw Orvis was discontinuing the CFO for a new style CFO...probably will never need a second reel but just in case! I hope the new style is comparable with the old so more people can enjoy the thrill! Fantastic reel...thanks Orvis!

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Third one's the charm - 4/7/2014

      I have two other CFO reels. When I heard they were going out of production, I just had to have another. Great al around reel.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      The Best - 4/4/2014
      By: from Monsey, NY

      i buy, and i am very happy. now i have the best reel. :)

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Timeless Piece - 4/1/2014
      By: from South Louisiana

      A great piece of engineering that brings one back to a simpler time...I love it...and it works flawlessly, too.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      There's a reason, - 3/29/2014
      By: from Ft. Collins, Colorado

      There's a reason I've bought several CFO reels in the past and this purchase is no different. They work, period. I'll be fishing it today on a Northern Colorado river and expect it to perform just like the others. Looking forward to purchasing one of the new US made reels soon. Well done, and thanks.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      a long awaited purchase - 1/23/2014
      By: 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.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Love These Reels - 1/17/2014
      By: 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.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Functional and stylish - 1/6/2014
      By: 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.

    Backing Info

    CFO Reel: Backing Capacities
    Capacity in Yards
    CFO I  
    12-lb Dacron
    2 3/4"
    3.6 oz.
    20-lb Dacron

    Capacity in Yards
    CFO II 
    20-lb Dacron
    2 7/8"
    3.9 oz.
    35-lb Gel Spun

    Capacity in Yards
    CFO III 
    20-lb Dacron
    4.2 oz.
    35-lb Gel Spun

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