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 145 reviews

    5-star:
    118
    4-star:
    10
    3-star:
    7
    2-star:
    3
    1-star:
    7

    129 of 145 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      7/13/2015
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    • 5/5

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    • 5/5

      Outstanding!!!! - 6/28/2015
      By: from Port St Joe FL

      Great reel. Bought it for customer reels for Reds and Drum. Drag holds like a dream. Highly recommended!!!

    • 5/5

      Best choice - 6/25/2015
      By: from Seoul, KR

      Best reel at my choice. Really beauty style and smooth drag..

    • 5/5

      Feeling so good - 6/24/2015
      By: from Seoul, KR

      How light weight, smooth drag and fine design... already, i recommended to my friend this reel. so nice.

    • 3/5

      Hydros V - 6/15/2015
      By: from Norway

      Bought a Hydros V reel for salmon fishing in Norway. When spey casting, the running line gets caught between the reel handle and the spool because the washer where the handle joins the spool is smaller than the diameter of the handle at its base. This could easily be fixed by making the washer the same size as the handle's diameter.

    • 5/5

      great drag - 5/24/2015
      By: from new jersey

      what a great reel for the price. pulled in 2 nice strippers the first time using it and the drag was great. very happy with this reel. looks great too...

    • 5/5

      Always a great product. Will be using it soon. - 5/20/2015
      By: from Melbourne Florida

      I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but will be going from Florida to New York to do some trout fishing and I'm excited to use this reel.

    • 5/5

      Really good reel - 5/20/2015
      By:

      Best reel at a good price. Really smoth drag and performance.

    • 5/5

      Very Nice Reel - 5/13/2015
      By: from Northern New York
      Top 50 Contributor

      This is a very functional smooth running reel that also looks great. I have various sizes up to a Hydros IV and they are all well built with a nice easy to use smooth drag.

    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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