Orvis Clearwater LA Reel · II · Gray


Color: Gray
Reel line weight
IV (7-9 wt)
II (4-6 wt)
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Matt Beam, Fly Fishing Expert
Joseph Smith, Fly Fishing Expert
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Best for beginners due to its smooth drag, quick line retrieval, and affordability.

Great for
  • Ease of useQuick line pick up with large arbor.
Good for
  • Drag performanceSmooth drag with plenty of stopping power.
  • ReliabilityWell-balanced and reliable for beginners.
  • StabilityWell balanced reel.
  • PerformancePerforms well in most freshwater scenarios.
  • SmoothnessSmooth drag system.
  • VersatilitySuitable for trout and most freshwater fishing.
  • QualityQuality entry level fly reel.
Avoid for
  • DurabilityDie-cast reel that lacks durability.
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The Orvis Clearwater Reel is a large arbor die–cast reel that has great performance for its price point. This reel is ideal for an entry–level angler, an angler that is on a tight budget but expects decent performance or perhaps an angler that likes to have a spare reel laying around. The reel is lightweight but still has a powerful drag system to put up a good fight when hooked up. Key Features: Large Arbor – The large arbor design of the reel makes for quick line retrieval rates, plenty of capacity for backing line and reducing line memory. Easy Conversion – This real can effortlessly convert from left or right hand retrieve to suit the anglers preference or to be easily changeable for guides and their clients. Use Cases: - II (4–6wt) is ideal for the angler with one versatile setup as it will not be too overpowering for smaller fish but can handle a fight against average sized fish.

  • IV (7–9wt) is ideal for anglers that are targeting larger fish and could potentially get into their backing with an aggressive run.
Curated, Fishing Expert
Rylyn S., Fly Fishing Expert
Andrew Grandemange, Fly Fishing Expert
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4.96 average rating

Reel line weightII (4-6 wt)
Water typeFreshwater and Saltwater
Reel or SpoolReel
Arbor sizeLarge
Drag typeDisc
Reel weight (oz)5.4
Yards backingWF4: 125 yds./20lb, WF5: 100 yds./20lb, WF6: 75 yds./20lb
Reel diameter (in)3.5
Fishing typeFly
Reel width (in)4.75

Joseph Smith owns this product
This is a well-built entry-level reel that will allow anglers to enjoy fishing and not have to worry about gear holding them back. Built from cast aluminum, this reel is durable. The drag is strong enough to handle most freshwater situations. The large arbor aids with quick line retrieval.
Ideal for
  • This reel is a quality entry level fly reel.
  • The drag is strong and has a smooth start up inertia.
  • A large arbor assists with quick fly line retrieval.
Not ideal for
  • This is a cast aluminum reel that may not have the integrity of a machined reel.
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Joseph Smith
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Matt Beam owns this product
The Orvis Clearwater LA fly reel is a great fly reel for fly fishers who have a tight budget and don't fly fish a lot. It has a smooth drag system that has plenty of stopping power. It is well-balanced and has a really quick retrieval rate due to the large arbor of the reel. The durability is lacking due... Read more
Ideal for
  • Quick line pick up with large arbor
  • Smooth drag
  • Well balanced
Not ideal for
  • Die cast reel that lacks durability
  • Drag is not sealed
  • Weight of reel is heavy
Reviewed by:
Matt Beam
Fly Fishing Expert

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Looking forward to trying it out

Originally posted at www.orvis.com on Feb 23, 2024
I just received it and have not had it on the water, but it balances well with the new 9' 5 weight Xi2 rod that I just built.
Tim likes fishing
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Best reel for the money.

Originally posted at www.orvis.com on Dec 5, 2023
Great reel for the money. Best drag system in this price range ever. Highly recommended.
Culross John
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