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The way it ought to be.
It's easy to get lost in all the flashy new fly rods and reels available to anglers these days, but at the end of the day, fishing is really about making good casts to healthy trout on clean and wild rivers, and this is what the Orvis CFO Fly Reel has been about since it was introduced decades ago. Machined from a solid block of aluminum here in the USA, the CFO is built to Orvis' strict quality standards and features a classic click-and-pawl drag system that's simple, effective, and easy to maintain. The CFO does have some modern features, though, like a machined finish, external drag adjustment, and a retrieve that can be quickly converted to accommodate either left- or right-handed anglers.
- Machined aluminum
- Click-and-pawl drag system
- External drag adjustment
- Converts to left- or right-handed retrieve
- Made in USA
- Item #ORV000R
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This Orvis CFO (Charles F. Orvis) is one of the old school classic trout click and pawl reels. You don't need a disc drag system for a trout reel for 0-6 weight rods. The click and pawl system is the perfect complement to any trout rig especially the lighter tippet setups where a disc drag system is overkill. I've owned CFOs and the Abel TRs for over 20 years and you can't improve upon the design and efficiency.
The milled aluminum creates the durable and premium design and feel. The difference between milled/machined aluminum and barstock is the act of taking a puck of aluminum, milling/machining rather than taking a composite mold. This is one of the reels you pass down to the next generation.