Charles Chanatrywrote a review of Orvis Hydros Large Arbor Fly Reel on November 24, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I know this isn't a cheap reel, but it's a step down in price from some of the top of the line, large arbor, bigger game reels. However, it performs like it's in that upper echelon. The drag is really smooth and powerful, too. It seems to engage right away and has no problem slowing any fish I've had on. Line pick up is fast and efficient. It's not a super heavy reel, but I definitely wish it were lighter. But then again, if it were, it would probably cost $600!
If you want a great performing reel that won't break the bank, definitely check out the Hydros.