CFO Fly Reels

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


  • Click-and-pawl design
  • Drag knob adjusts externally
  • Converts easily from left- to right-hand retrieve

The CFO® reel family has been a fly-fishing hallmark for decades. This redesigned click-and-pawl CFO is made in America 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. 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 26 reviews


    24 of 26 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 4/5

      NO SPARE SPOOLS - 9/25/2015
      By: from Yorkshire, UK

      No spare spools available, madness, what are Orvis doing, most of us can't consider a second reel at this price to cover two line type options. This is quite a large investment for one reel alone, they need to make spare spools available. Otherwise, a superb reel

    • 5/5

      Great Reel - 8/5/2015
      By: from Albuquerque, NM

      I have two CFO reels that I use with my 4 and 5 weight Superfine Trout Bum rods. The combo is perfect for the streams I fish in Northern New the drag and craftsmanship of these reels.

    • 5/5


    • 4/5

      Good reel. Spare spools would make it great. - 5/3/2015

      Quality product. Find myself not wanting to fish my other reels. It is, however, incredibly frustrating that spare spools are not made available. Orvis needs to make this happen. I will not buy another CFO until the spare spools become available. If the wait is too long, I'm switching brands.

    • 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 50 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.

    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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