Orvis has long made some of the nicest fly reels around and this new large arbor bar stock aluminium design follows that high-end tradition.
The Hydros SLIII that we’ve been looking at is recommended for 5-wt to 7-wt lines but boasts an arbor diameter of 60 millimetres (almost 2½ inches in old money). It makes the reel appear on the large side for a 5-wt outfit but at less than 6oz it is a great balance for outfits of that weight. Three other sizes are available – the II for lines of 3-wt to 5-wt; IV for 7-wt to 9-wt and the big size V to cope with 9-wt to 11-wt outfits.
The fully sealed drag system is really impressive and the control knob is easy to grip even with cold/wet hands. The reel is supplied in a tight neoprene pouch that can be used while the reel is fixed to the rod handle and it’s easily converted from left to right-hand wind using the supplied tool.
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