CFO Fly Reels

A classically designed American made fly reel perfect as your go-to model.

Details

  • Click-and-pawl design
  • Drag knob adjusts externally
  • Converts easily from left- to right-hand retrieve

The CFO® reel family has been a fly-fishing hallmark for decades. This redesigned click-and-pawl CFO is made in America with the same handsome design and simple function preferred by anglers for years. Each reel is machined in California to the same exacting standards as the timeless original, detailed with a modern finish. Made in USA.

  • CFO I for line weights 1-3, 3.2 oz, 2¾" diameter.
  • CFO II for line weights 3-5, 3.3 oz, 2⅞" diameter.
  • CFO III for line weights 5-7, 3.5 oz, 3" diameter.
  • Reviews

    CFO Fly Reels is rated 4.4667 out of 5 by 30.
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    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Second one. I truly believe that the CFO III is easily the best reel for the money. This is my second one. I've had the other for 15 years.
    Date published: 2016-01-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from CFO Exceptionally well made, beautiful, simple but timeless design, and not over engineered or built.
    Date published: 2015-12-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Outstanding Performance! These reels are truly outstanding! This is by far one of the best reels I own. The only reason for not given 5 stars is.... As others have stated - No spare spools available! This is totally unacceptable - For this reason I cannot recommend this to anyone. Orvis - please email when you remedy the spare spool issue as I will purchase same day.
    Date published: 2015-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome reel I don't subscribe to the widespread delusion that a "Made in the USA" label always denotes quality while a "Made in [insert foreign country name]" always denotes a lack thereof. However, I'm a proud American and it's always a special joy to use an American-made product that demonstrates truly incredible workmanship, beauty and function. My CFO II is one such item. I mate my CFO II with my Superfine Graphite 763-4 that I use primarily on rhododendron-choked high gradient streams throughout southern Appalachia. The CFO is elegant in its simplicity. The weight is perfectly matched to this rod, and it has a pleasing feel in both directions. I chose a CFO II instead of a CFO I because the CFO II has the (theoretical) versatility of being used with weights 3 through 5; however, this is essentially a moot point until Orvis decides to offer extra spools! Despite this one peeve, my CFO is definitely a 5-star product and I'm OK not pimping it out to my 5 weight rod - it can remain in an exclusive relationship with my 3 weight!.
    Date published: 2015-12-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from NO SPARE SPOOLS No spare spools available, madness, what are Orvis doing, most of us can't consider a second reel at this price to cover two line type options. This is quite a large investment for one reel alone, they need to make spare spools available. Otherwise, a superb reel
    Date published: 2015-09-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Reel I have two CFO reels that I use with my 4 and 5 weight Superfine Trout Bum rods. The combo is perfect for the streams I fish in Northern New Mexico...love the drag and craftsmanship of these reels.
    Date published: 2015-08-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good reel. Spare spools would make it great. Quality product. Find myself not wanting to fish my other reels. It is, however, incredibly frustrating that spare spools are not made available. Orvis needs to make this happen. I will not buy another CFO until the spare spools become available. If the wait is too long, I'm switching brands.
    Date published: 2015-05-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from reel renaissance Great to have the CFO click pawl back. USA made is a huge plus. A well-machined, good looking reel in the tradition of one of the all time classic trout reels. Two small wishes: change the phillips head screws on the latch cover to slotted screws (a tradition/aesthetics thing). And PLEASE offer a CFO IV! I would love the larger size for my DT lines or a 7 weight with a reasonable amount of backing.
    Date published: 2015-02-25
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    Backing Info

    CFO Reel: Backing Capacities

    Note: All capacities are given in yards.

    Model Dia. Wgt. Backing Capacity 1 Capacity 2 Capacity 3
    CFO I Reel 2 3/4" 3.2 oz. 20-lb. Dacron WF1: 75 WF2: 50 WF3: 25

    Model Dia. Wgt. Backing Capacity 1 Capacity 2 Capacity 3
    CFO II Reel 2 7/8" 3.3 oz. 20-lb. Dacron WF3: 75 WF4: 50 WF5: 25

    Model Dia. Wgt. Backing Capacity 1 Capacity 2 Capacity 3
    CFO III Reel 3" 3.5 oz. 20-lb. Dacron WF5: 75 WF6: 50 WF7: 25

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