Overall: 4.6 / 5 based on 73 reviews
68 of 73 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Perfect match -
By: MiddleForker 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.
Best small trout reel on the market -
By: Gnatbagger 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 sound...fly 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!
Third one's the charm -
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.
The Best -
By: tomasko123 from Monsey, NY
i buy, and i am very happy. now i have the best reel. :)
Timeless Piece -
By: OTRW from South Louisiana
A great piece of engineering that brings one back to a simpler time...I love it...and it works flawlessly, too.
There's a reason, -
By: COTroutbum 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.
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
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