Hydros Large Arbor Fly Reels

Take on the big game with the outstanding performance of our large-arbor fly fishing reel.

Details

There is not another true large arbor, big-game fly-fishing reel out there that carries this drag system performance at a price starting at just $225. It's unheard of until now. The new Hydros® Reel Series features a sealed drag surface that increases total drag surface by model: The larger the reel, the larger the drag surface and the more resistance available to handle larger fish. Using stacked carbon washers, controlled by a positive click adjustment system, the Hydros can be fine-tuned to handle any fish from a trout to a tuna with sustained and infinitely durable drag pressure.

  • HYDROS I-II have a two carbon washer drag system
  • HYDROS III-V have a four carbon washer drag system
  • HYDROS VI has a six carbon washer drag system (definitely the strongest drag system in its class)
  • Multiplies retrieval rates
  • Eliminates line coil
  • New Mirage™-style handle
  • In gold, black, titanium

    See available fly lines.

  • Hydros LA I for line weights 1-2; 3.9 oz, 3" diameter.
  • Hydros LA II for line weights 3-4; 4.3 oz, 3⅓" diameter
  • Hydros LA III for line weights 5-6; 5.0 oz, 3⅔" diameter
  • Hydros LA IV for line weights 7-8; 6.9 oz, 3⅞" diameter
  • Hydros LA V for line weights 9-10; 8.0 oz, 4¼" diameter
  • Hydros LA VI for line weights 11-12; 8.5 oz, 4½" diameter
  • Note: This reel has undergone a running change; we modified the design in 2013 to minimize the issue of running line slipping through the line guard / spool interface. A reel with exceptionally tight tolerance is prone to rubbing under pressure. A slightly larger tolerance, as intended in the Hydros Large Arbor, allows for more operational clearance, but does allow running lines smaller than 0.029" to potentially slip through. For those using running lines less than 0.029" in diameter, please take this into consideration.

    Reel Manual

    Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 132 reviews

    5-star:
    107
    4-star:
    10
    3-star:
    6
    2-star:
    3
    1-star:
    6

    118 of 132 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      great reel and service - 4/23/2015
      By: from australia

      this is a great reel very happy with it great postage service to very quick thanks very much.

    • 5/5

      Impressive - 4/20/2015
      By: from San Diego

      It not only works very well it looks and feels like a more expensive reel

    • 4/5

      best value - 4/14/2015
      By: from Burlington, VT

      Hydros reels go toe to toe with best in class reels for nearly all performance metrics and at half the cost or even better. Only gave 4stars due to some cosemetic and subtle quality issues - delt with swiftly by Orvis. Already planning to add at least one more to my collection.

    • 4/5

      Goes well with my rod - 4/3/2015
      By: from Scotland

      Bought to use with an older rod , an OrvisTrident TLS mid flex ( which suits me fine). Rod reel balance is just right. Drag been tested on wee daft trout, nice smooth action at a light setting Quality of the product is very good, service from the people first class.

    • 5/5

      Best Fly Reel in my Arsenal - 4/2/2015
      By: from North Carolina

      I purchased a Hydros LA II and have used it on my 5 and 3 weight Orvis rods. The reel is smooth, and the drag system increased my catches when using 6X tippet with large trout. I liked the Hydros so much that I have added the IV and V to my arsenal with a variety of weighted lines for various conditions, including Saltwater fishing. Great job Orvis.

    • 5/5

      quality product - 4/1/2015
      By:

      Quality product along with quality customer service, what else can you state !!

    • 5/5

      Beautiful reel - 3/12/2015
      By: from UK

      I have just received this reel and will be using it next month on the Aberdeenshire Dee. First impressions are that it is perfectly balanced and matches my Hardy 14ft rod beautifully. Lets hope I need all the backing I have loaded next month

    • 5/5

      Hydros - Powerstation - 3/10/2015
      By: from UK

      A great looking reel with a drag that would stop a shire horse. I bought this reel to avoid that sinking feeling when you have a decent Salmon on and realise that you only have 50 metres of backing on your the trout reel you used as the river was low and single handed seemed like s good idea.

    • 5/5

      best quality reel - 3/3/2015
      By: from Oxfordshire UK

      great engineering,perfect presentation and most of all outstanding reliability

    • 5/5

      Best reel I have ever used - 3/2/2015
      By: from Newcastle upon Tyne England

      This reel is the best reel I have ever used. The feel and drag system is first class. Excellent quality and finish and I would recommend anyone who is in the market for new and high end products that there is no need to look any further than Orvis

    Backing Info

    Hydros Large Arbor Reel: Backing Capacities
    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA I  
    1-2
    20-lb Dacron
    WF2F:75
    3"
    4.4 oz
    12-lb Dacron
    WF2F: 125

    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA II  
    3-4
    20-lb Dacron
    WF4F:125
    3 1/3"
    4.5 oz
    35-lb Gel Spun
    WF6F: 125

    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA III  
    5-6
    20-lb Dacron
    WF6F:125
    3 2/3"
    4.9 oz
    35-lb Gel Spun
    WF8F: 150

    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA IV  
    7-8
    20-lb Dacron
    WF8F:200
    3 7/8"
    7.9 oz
    35-lb Gel Spun
    WF8F: 250

    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA V  
    9-10
    30-lb Dacron
    WF10F:225
    4 1/4"
    8.8 oz
    35-lb Gel Spun
    WF12F: 325

    Model
    Line
    Backing
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Dia.
    Weight
    Hydros LA VI  
    11-12
    30-lb Dacron
    WF12F:325
    4 1/2"
    10 oz
    35-lb Gel Spun
    WF12F: 525

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