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Orvis Hydros SL Fly Reel

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    Buttery smooth for buttery browns.

    Orvis has a reputation for building the solid and iconic reels that your grandpa used when he was catching countless brookies in the Catskills—the Hydros SL Fly Reel isn't that reel. With a super-large arbor, ridiculous retrieval rates, and a fully machined construction that's anything but old school, the Hydros SL is a modern reel any self-respecting reel geek will appreciate. While it's true that the Hydros is not an entirely new reel in the Orvis lineup, it has had a complete overhaul, making the all-new SL version both lighter, burlier, and bigger than the original.

    In order to save weight but still increase the overall durability of the reel, Orvis took materials away from areas where the extra strength and weight isn't necessarily needed. Then, it beefed up areas in the frame and critical areas in the spool to give the Hydros the grit it needs to remain intact when you take a slider trying to scramble up a steep cut bank. Another major difference between the Hydros SL and the original Hydros is the fully sealed disc drag system, which, as its name suggests, is fully sealed, making the larger reel sizes ideal for saltwater fishing. Probably the most impressive component on the Hydros is the super-large arbor, which is capable of blisteringly fast retrieval rates (up to 12% more than the original Hydros). Orvis also gave the Hydros a narrower spool to help eliminate line stacking and knotting, then it reduced play between the spool and frame for improved tolerances and liquid smooth operation.

    • Fully machined frame and spool
    • Super-large arbor
    • Fully sealed disc drag system
    • Narrow spool
    • Asymmetric drag knob
    • Left- or right-handed retrieve
    • Item #ORV000M

    Tech Specs

    Drag System
    fully-sealed carbon on stainless disc
    Backing Capacity
    [II+WF3] 150 yards, [III+WF5] 150 yards, [IV+WF7] 225 yards, [V+WF9] 250 yards
    [II] 3.5 in, [III] 3.875 in, [IV] 4.25 in, [V] 4.5 in
    Fly Line Weight
    [II] 3 - 5 wt, [III] 5 - 7 wt, [IV] 7 - 9 wt, [V] 9 - 11 wt
    Left and Right Handed Operation
    Claimed Weight
    [II] 5.6 oz, [III] 5.9 oz, [IV] 7.4 oz, [V] 8.4 oz
    Recommended Use
    fly fishing
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Quick line pickup, Tame that bucky trout

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I could go on and on about how well this reel Functions, how fast it retrieves line, and how great it looks. But the description tells you all of that already, and it does not lie! The one thing you may not realize until you get this reel in your hands is that it truly is "super large" as the name dictates, but does a great job of balancing out your rods. Especially the longer euro style nymphing rods we are using more and more these days like an 10' 3wt. The quick select drag system is prime for adjusting on the fly when hooked into that bucky brown or chunky bass. If you have any other questions about this or any other reels like it, just reach out to me!

    Quick line pickup, Tame that bucky trout

    Solid 5wt reel!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have tried many different $200 5wt fly reels over the years (Lamson, Ross, etc). Most have a 3.5" arbor, are pretty lightweight, good drag, and not much start up inertia. 5wt reels are pretty generic. So most will do the job. Typically, we are catching smaller fish so the big things like drag or weight aren't all that important. They mostly just hold line. So I look for the little things in 5wt reels. This reel has those things. I have had it for about 3 months now and caught a lot of fish on it, having zero problems. My favorite part about it is that its arbor is huge! It's almost 1/2" bigger than the rest of most 5wt reels. It's line retrieval is really fast. It's insanely smooth and has no start up inertia. I can't find a better 5wt real for $200. I love this reel!

    Solid 5wt reel!