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 4.6 / 5 based on 18 reviews


    16 of 18 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 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 500 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!

    • 5/5

      Still my favorite - 7/14/2014
      By: from Jemez Pueblo, NM

      I have three CFO's. I have other reels, too. After 40 years, the feel and handling while fishing the water can't be beat. And durable, too. They take a beating and keep on going like the old Timex watch commercial.

    • 5/5

      CFO III - 7/9/2014
      By: from Conway, AR

      My first "New CFO" had a quality control issue that Orvis posted for me on an earlier thread. They replaced it with another New CFO and it is a great reel. Very nicely built and it holds a DT 5wt with plenty of backing. I fish it on a 8'6" Jim Reams bamboo and it complements a very nice rod. I want to thank Orvis for making things right and for producing a very nice reel.

    • 5/5

      Premium Fly Reel - 5/27/2014
      By: from Colorado

      I have wanted a CFO reel for as long as I have been flyfishing (34 years)and this reel exceeds all expectations, plus it's American made. The precision craftsmanship is outstanding and it is a reel to hand down to my grandson.

    • 5/5

      Strong and Beautiful - 5/23/2014
      By: from Alexandria, VA
      Top 10 Contributor

      I am an experienced user of previous Orvis CFO fly reels, including the bar stock spring-and-pawl, the disc-drag version and the limited edition of the 1972 original. I purchased the latest USA-made CFO II sized reel, setup for brook trout and panfish, with a Hydros Superfine 3wt line and backing. Fishing manager Dan at the Orvis store in Clarendon, Virginia provided great advice and over-the-top service during my purchase. First impression – Orvis and Abel have crafted a technically strong, aesthetically beautiful reel in terms of fit, finish and use. Every component of this reel is well-made and everything functions as it should. The foot mates snugly with any reel seat, the spool removal is easy, the drag is smooth, simple to adjust and has a good range, and the sound is great. Noteworthy features – the drag knob is beautifully machined metal (as opposed to plastic on previous CFOs), the finish is hard anodized and should prove to be very durable, and the case is well-padded with a flap-over Velcro closure that protects the reel on or off the rod (excellent!). Even the box makes a great presentation and instruction booklet is packed with useful set-up, maintenance and warranty information. Good price to value for such a high-quality reel. Highly recommended.

    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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