CFO Reel

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


The CFO® reel family has been a fly-fishing hallmark for decades. This redesigned click-and-pawl CFO is now made in America for the first time ever, 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. Features an externally adjusted drag knob and an easy conversion from left- to right-hand retrieve. In black nickel. 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

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 22 reviews


    20 of 22 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 4/5

      reel renaissance - 2/25/2015
      By: from Maine

      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.

    • 4/5

      Verdict Still Out - 2/24/2015
      By: from Plano, TX

      I've matched the CFO ll with a 4wt-8'6" H2 rod. I have been very happy with the balance of the reel and rod. However, I had to return the product for replacement due to the click and pawl breaking down on a trip that left me with my older CFO that I find to be made of lesser materials, but of really good quality. If an extra spool would of been available the customer experience would of been more satisfying. I would still highly recommend the reel for lightness and Orvis's warranty replacement which is unmatched in the marketplace.

    • 5/5

      Fine Product - 2/16/2015
      By: from Fredericktown, Oh

      Finely detailed reel with high end features for the discerning fisherman. Made in USA which is a definite plus.

    • 4/5

      Orvis CFO II - 2/7/2015

      This reel is a beautiful work of art. I have WF 4wt Hydros Superfine on it, and it is mated with my 7'-0" 4wt Superfine Touch. Only negative of this reel is the unavailability of spare spools. Orvis needs to make them available.

    • 5/5

      Perfection - 1/22/2015
      By: from southern New Mexico

      Some things simply can't be improved upon, any more than the circle can be squared, and this CFO design is one of those things. You don't perfect perfection. It's already there....

    • 5/5

      SO glad you did this - 1/16/2015
      By: from Ostrander, OH
      Top 100 Contributor

      All my reels, and I mean ALL my reels, are either UK or US made, which, sadly, means I hadn't bought a new reel from Orvis for a few years. I am SO pleased with the quality of design, materials, and workmanship of the new CFO that I may now be able to start accumulating new CFOs to add to all the CFOs and Battenkills I had managed to accumulate over the years. Really a nice, nice, nice return to a standard of tradition and quality that, for your most loyal flyfishing customers, didn't really require you to go offshore in the first place. Thank you for this beautiful new American-made CFO reel.

    • 5/5

      Beautiful CFO #1 fly reel - 12/17/2014
      By: from Montana

      I presently have all generations of the Orvis CFO reel but I must say the new one made in USA is the very best by a wide margin. Beautifully machined, beautifully fitted, very light weight.---it easily rivals Peerless and other high end click and pawl fly reels. I will get another in the #2 size soon. We do need to have some spare spools for these reels though.

    • 5/5

      wonderful reel - 11/25/2014
      By: from Livingston MT

      I just purchased all three sizes and love them all. Could even be better than the original! But..we need to be able to get spare spools. That would make this the perfect reel series.

    • 5/5

      Great reel - 11/10/2014

      The new CFO is the best ever. The quick change spool is easy to remove, but we can't get spare spools. WE NEED SPARE SPOOLS.

    • 1/5

      Not a versatile investment - 7/27/2014
      By: from Cornish, NH

      An American made CFO reel is a long overdue and highly desirable reel to match perfectly with an American made Orvis Impregnated bamboo fly rod (vintage or modern). What a combination to make a quality heriloom to be treasured for generations. Unfortunately, this new CFO reel is not being offered with an option for spare spools. This significantly limits the versatility of this reel. Who wants to invest this much per line type that they regularly fish? Purchasing multiple reels that cost this much is ridiculous. This needs to be addressed if you want to sell these reels. What a disappoint, ent!

    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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