Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 131 reviews
127 of 131 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
It's a great reel -
By: EdM1950 from Elkton,MD
I used my Clearwater II on a feeder stream to the South Fork of the Arkansas River in Colorado a month ago for wild trout. It performed admirably. It worked as well as my son's large arbor Batten kill and better than his best friend's Sage reel. I have three of them, one for trout, two Clearwater IV reels for salmon and saltwater and I like them all.
Poor Salesmanship -
By: Ron56 from Jacksonville, FL
I was given a Clearwater outfit as a parting gift from a board of directors. They knew I liked fly fishing so they called Orvis, supposedly a upscale company and purchased a complete outfit with my name written on the rod. I am blown away that the Orvis salesperson would sell someone a mis matched outfit especially when they customer was having it personalized with a persons name on it! The rod is a 10wt and the reel is a 8wt as they do not make a 10wt in the Clearwater series. The reel is borderline large arbor and just too small for a 10wt! When I called Orvis, the person I spoke with was un apologetic and offered very little to fix the problem other than for me to just use a 10wt line on the small reel. Makes you wonder about Orvis!
Extra Spools Unavailable -
I was interested in a Clearwater reel/rod combination package, but I am glad I checked on the availability of extra spools before buying. I would expect years of service out of an Orvis reel, but the utility of such is severely limited without extra spools. I wish Orvis would quit jumping around with its reel offerings.
Good Reel For A Good Price -
By: Juvi1624 from Philadelphia
I have 2 of these reels, actually I suspect 3 of them because my first setup I ever bought was the encounter combo and with the reels sitting beside each other they look identical except 1 says clearwater and 1 says encounter. But I've never had any problems with any of them and have recommended the clearwater line of rods/reels to almost all my friends before. This is a great way to get into fly fishing without spending a thousand dollars on equipment. My 1 and only complaint, and why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, is that they no longer sell extra spools for it so I had to purchase 2 whole reels for my 4 wt and 6 wt setups. But since the guy at the store knew that I had bought multiple combos from them he hooked me up pretty good on the price so can't complain too much. But if anyone from Orvis is reading this, please start selling extra spools again.
good deal -
By: arfarf from Springfield, OR
good solid reel that I can swap which side it reels on
Great Reel -
By: RioDaz from Jackson, WY
I'm impressed with this reel- I bought the Clearwater package as a backup 4weight (not to mention I had just broke the tip off my long time Orvis 6 weight!). So far, so smooth- and love the large arbor.
Looking forward -
By: Squinty from Oregon
Haven't used the reel on the water yet but it seems great practicing in the back yard.
Great value reel -
By: AndyBom from Sturbridge, ma
This is an great fly reel at at an excellent price. I have 2 of these for my 8wt rod. The drag is nice and smooth I was able to land a 36" king salmon in NY last year, also makes for a great large/smallmouth reel. And for anyone the still fly trolls with streamer flys for trout and landlocked salmon in new egland this reel is perfect. Overall a nice versital reel for a budget fisher
fantastic reel -
By: Brian78 from Vermont
Great quality product for the money. Just used it for the first time and fished 2 full days which included some bad weather. The reel performed flawlessly, and I like the large arbor, I can reel up the line fast.
Nice for the price -
By: Jerry74 from Springfield, Va.
Bought an LA II because I wanted to take my 6wt trout rod to Belize - along with my heavier gear - to play with bonefish, and was looking for a large arbor reel that didn't cost a mint. It seemed to work as well as my more expensive reels. The drag was steady with linear adjustment and the retrieve was smooth. Couldn't find a thing wrong.