Orvis Hydros large Arbor Reels


Orvis 2020 Hydros Reel is one of the best fly reels available in the market. The reel is specially designed to offer high performance in all conditions and fishing destinations. The handle is made of durable material, and the weight is kept light to make it easy to use in all conditions. Orvis Hydros Reel is available in five models and you can select the one that best suits your requirements. Here are the main features of Orvis 2020 Hydros Reel.

  • Lightweight large arbour fly reel
  • Easy to use drag knob
  • Fully sealed drag clutch bearing
  • Zero startup inertia.
  • Kink free leader protection

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If you are on a tight budget, the Orvis Hydros is one of the best fly reels in its price range on the market today. New Hydros reels now have updated brake seals, a rounded reel foot to securely wrap a leader, a Delrin handle machined to tighter tolerances, a lower overall weight, a “rib” (channel) on the reel for the integrity of the support knots and better seats and a new drag button design that requires fewer turns to go from minimum to maximum.

Another notable detail is that the reels are now labeled and resized slightly differently. Rather than having all models designed for three line widths, three of the five models are designed for only two line widths each.

With 16 carbon and stainless steel discs, the braking system is boosted without any real trace of inertia from starting. The new Hydros has a nice brake knob that is round and large and has a lot of grip texture on the outside.

Another solid improvement is that it only takes 1 1/4 turns of this new button to go from zero to full resistance, about a full turn less than our previous tester. There are modest notches throughout the tuning range, and the knob has a nice firm stop when you hit the min or max.
The new machined Delrin handle is slimmer and taller and offers great playing comfort. The recovery rate is good and the clicks are modest but sharp when winding or pulling the strap.
The coil is fired using the small lever on the center deck. Little force is needed to move and the reel / frame detaches easily.

With all the high dollar reels, the solid value of this series remains strong. At the tested 5/6 size it would be suitable for catching a wide variety of species in fresh or saltwater. The Orvis 2020 Hydros Reel is available at the Fly Fishing Outfitters official website at an affordable price. You can order it online and have it delivered to your doorstep or any other location.

Additional information


Black, Silver, Matte Green

Reel Size

1, 2, 3, 4, 5


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