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This product is great for anglers who are looking for a fun yet high performing reel with a ton of stopping power at a great price. These reels have 14 lbs of pressure when the drag is fully engaged so you can stop even the largest of game fish with this guy. The large arbor means you'll have faster line pick up which again is a huge bonus when dealing with bigger fish that like to run line. The reel is fully sealed so its maintenance free and can be used on both saltwater or fresh. Be careful with this reel though as it will scratch up very easily. It is unfortunately made in China also. But it is covered by the Orvis lifetime warranty if anything serious does happen to it. It comes in a wide range of fun colors!
- Fully sealed Drag.
- Drag is super strong, 14lbs when fully engaged.
- Comes in super cool colors.
- Does scratch easily.
- Made in China.
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.