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Orvis Hydros Fly Reel · IV · Mattegreen


Color: Mattegreen
Reel line weight
I (1-3 wt)
IV (7-9 wt)
III (5-7 wt)
V (9-11 wt)
II (3-5 wt)
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Cory G, Fly Fishing Expert
Baily Dent, Fly Fishing Expert
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Best for anglers needing a strong, smooth drag and a durable, versatile reel.

Great for
  • Drag performance14lbs of pressure, fully sealed drag.
  • PerformanceUnmatched performance in its price range.
  • VersatilityCan be used on both fresh and saltwater.
  • QualityHigh quality reel at a great price.
Good for
  • DurabilityDings easily if dropped, but overall durable.
  • ReliabilityPotential for heavy maintenance.
  • Ease of useCan be used on both fresh and saltwater.
  • SmoothnessNot as smooth as pricier reels.
Avoid for
  • StabilityIssues with sealed drag.
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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.

Key Features:

  • 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.
Curated, Fishing Expert
Rylyn S., Fly Fishing Expert
Andrew Grandemange, Fly Fishing Expert
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4.96 average rating

Reel line weightIV (7-9 wt)
Water typeFreshwater and Saltwater
Reel or SpoolReel
Arbor sizeLarge
Drag typeDisc
Reel MaterialAnodized aluminum
Reel weight (oz)6.6
Yards backingWF7: 225 yds./20lb, WF8: 200 yds./20lb, WF9: 175 yds./20lb
Reel diameter (in)4
Fishing typeFly
Reel width (in)5

Baily Dent owns this product
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... Read more
Ideal for
  • Some one that wants a fully sealed drag
  • Someone that wants a high quality reel at a great price
  • Super cool color options
Not ideal for
  • Not as smooth as pricier reels
  • Dings easily if dropped
Reviewed by:
Baily Dent
Fly Fishing Expert
Cory G owns this product
The Hydros reel is a fantastic reel for someone who needs a strong drag and worry-free machined aluminum frame. I love the matte finish and muted but fun colors. Orvis also has limited edition colors to keep the lineup fresh. This is a saltwater-safe reel, but I would not recommend it for surf fishing, or beach/flats wading. Ideally, the angler... Read more
Ideal for
  • Durable machined aluminum frame
  • Strong, smooth drag with little start up inertia
  • Large Arbor
Not ideal for
  • Issues with sealed drag
Reviewed by:
Cory G
Fly Fishing Expert

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Amazing reel

Posted on May 28, 2024
This reel is smooth and light. It has an impressive drag and does everything you would ever expect from a 5wt reel. I love it.
Jamie BLocation: SC
I would recommend to a friend
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small, light reel

Posted on Feb 8, 2024
I needed a small, light reel for a 3-weight rod and the Hydros II fit the bill perfectly. Curated was helpful & responsive.
Dave GLocation: Kalispell, MT
I would recommend to a friend
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