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.