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This is the perfect reel for anglers who want a great value. It comes in all sorts of fun colors and the 14lbs of pressure when the drag is fully engaged can stop even the biggest of fish. The fully sealed drag means it can be used on both fresh and saltwater. The performance of this reel is unmatched compared to others in this price range and definitely performs like some of the highest quality reels on the market. This is the reel that will last a lifetime and looks awesome while doing it.
- Some one that wants a fully sealed drag
- Someone that wants a high quality reel at a great price
- Super cool color options
- Not as smooth as pricier reels
- Dings easily if dropped
The Hydros is Orvis’ mid-range, large arbor fly reel that is both lightweight and durable. The Hydros is a great fit for anglers wanting a well-featured, high-quality reel at a middleground price.
- Large Arbor Design – The large arbor makes each reel rotation more efficient at collecting fly line.
- Fully Sealed Drag System – The fully-sealed drag system allows the Hydros to be a versatile option for both fresh and saltwater applications.
- Zero Start-up Inertia – The Hyrdos has zero start-up inertia, which creates smoother and easier reeling.
- Narrow Spool – With a narrow spool, the Hydros has less overall line stacking and provides extra backing capacity.