Orvis Hydros Reels

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Hydros Reels

The new Orvis Hydros Reel is the result of our own desire to make something great, that much better. We took a best-selling reel and removed unnecessary material to further reduce the weight while stiffening the narrow spool, which minimizes line stacking. We changed the drag knob to be more ergonomically accessible and comfortable to use. We further refined the seal on the sealed drag to protect the clutch bearing in the drag mechanism. We radiused the reel foot as on the Mirage for kink-free leader protection. The fully sealed drag with stacked carbon and stainless steel disc washers is still one of the strongest in the industry, with zero start-up inertia. Matte type II anodized finish, standard large arbor size which balances better with lighter-weight fly rod, and yet still offers excellent retrieval rates and less line coiling than standard arbor reels. Refinement and improvement are the hallmarks of quality. Matte black with silver accents, matte silver with charcoal accents.

Looking for a spare spool? Check it out here: Orvis Hydros Spare Spool


  • Refined, lighter weight large arbor fly reel
  • Improved fully-sealed drag clutch bearing
  • Radiused reel foot for kink-free leader protection
  • Ergonomically improved, easy to use drag knob
  • Zero start-up inertia
  • Excellent retrieval rates and less line coiling
  • Hydros I for line weights 1-3; 4.7 oz, 3.1” in diameter.
  • Hydros II for line weights 3-5; 5.0 oz, 3.4” in diameter.
  • Hydros III for line weights 5-7; 5.5 oz, 3.7” in diameter.
  • Hydros IV for line weights 7-9; 6.6 oz, 4” in diameter.
  • Hydros V for line weights 9-11; 7.7 oz, 4.25” in diameter.


Use the following table to understand how sizes relate to different metrics.

WF1 100 yds.*        
WF2 75 yds.*        
WF3 50 yds.* 150 yds.*      
WF4   125 yds.*      
WF5   100 yds.* 150 yds.*    
WF6     125 yds.*    
WF7     100 yds.* 225 yds.*  
WF8       200 yds.*  
WF9       175 yds.* 250 yds.*
WF10         225 yds.*
WF11         200 yds.*