Orvis just gets better and better at angling, and who would have thought that possible just ten/15 years ago?
By Skip Clement
Orvis has come from behind in a short ten/15 years under the leadership of who knows in a privately held company. Still, whoever it is or was, they wowed me, thousands more, and set the doggy bed club, pipe-smoking, leather elbowed herringbone jacketed crowd out for lunch – where they’ve always been, at least here in the colony.
Any angler of hardened likes and performance-driven demands would be hard-pressed to speak ill of Orvis having remained in its former panty waist offerings for a stream, coastal or offshore fly rod offerings. And now reels, but I wouldn’t go so far as to pair one equally to a Mako or Nautilus for Florida Keys tarpon or Guatemala billfish. But they’ve taken their best-selling Orvis Hydros Reels, refined them even further, and gained better performance.
The only knock is that the Orvis Hydros Reels are imported, and if from China – well, you know . . .
I’d be willing to take a Hydros V as my primary reel to Costa Rica and pitch 6-inch flies to the 80-pound tarpons beyond the inlet of the Colorado River. Hey, my HYDROS® II is performing like it wants to play for a century or more. — author
Here’s Orvis’ new HYDROS® REELS:
- Refined, lighter weight large arbor fly reel
- Improved fully-sealed drag clutch bearing
- Radiused reel foot for kink-free leader protection
- Ergonomically improved, easy to use drag knob
- Zero start-up inertia
- Excellent retrieval rates and less line coiling
- Hydros I for line weights 1-3; 4.7 oz, 3.1” in diameter.
- Hydros II for line weights 3-5; 5.0 oz, 3.4” in diameter.
- Hydros III for line weights 5-7; 5.5 oz, 3.7” in diameter.
- Hydros IV for line weights 7-9; 6.6 oz, 4” in diameter.
- Hydros V for line weights 9-11; 7.7 oz, 4.25” in diameter.