Joel Standing | March 30th, 2020
I purchased the new series Clearwater reel to balance the previous series Clearwater rod 10' 5-weight, which it does perfectly. It's a beautiful combination of the old and the new. Besides looking sweet, the reel is very well built and has a strong drag. I'm sure it's probably a bit overkill for any trout or bass I expect to see, but it's certainly good insurance. Bottom line: the Orvis Clearwater II is a very nice value reel.
Kevin j (Texas) | March 2nd, 2020
Good backup reel. Solid.
Jeff R (St. Louis) | February 21st, 2020
For the price, you can't go wrong. Well made, lightweight, and solid. Easy to replace spool and the drag is sealed. I purchased it to replace my first, very budget friendly reel. I was so impressed with this reel that I came back to purchase the Clearwater rod. Very happy with both!
Brendan barboza (NV) | February 17th, 2020
Great reel for the money. Very well made, light, and functional.
Colin (B.C.) | February 17th, 2020
The reel is visually pleasing & price point is dead on. Drag is very strong if needed. Haven't fished with this reel yet but look forward to using it
Antoine (Atlanta GA) | February 11th, 2020
Amazing reel for the price; Orvis does it again.
Austin (Pennsylvania) | February 6th, 2020
I was gifted this reel for Christmas this past year. Paired with Cortland competition fly line and a 10' 3wt Clearwater euro rod, it balances very nicely. Drag is super smooth and the large arbor allows for a better retrieval weight for those larger fish you need to put on the reel with light tippet.
Barton R (Charlotte, NC) | October 20th, 2019
I have been using this reel for a few weeks now and I am impressed with the look, feel, and performance. I have it paired with my 9' 6 wt and the balance of this combo is outstanding. The Orvis Clearwater LA II is light, the drag knob is easy to locate, and it looks fantastic. Truthfully, the polished look of this reel was more than I was expecting. I believe this is the best reel for the money. I will be purchasing a second one for my 5 wt in the near future.
Jeremy B. (Beaverton, OR) | July 6th, 2019
This reel absolutely blew me away. I have some very expensive and nice fly fishing tackle and my wife and I were just purchasing a less expensive reel for a nymph rod. We didn’t have super high expectations of this just due to the price. Man was I wrong. This reel is butter smooth and the fit and finish are amazing for the money and even at twice as much. The only thing I could knock this reel for at all is the drag knob is a little stiff but that’s not the end of the world. I would highly recommend this to just about any one. Very happy with our purchase.
Brad Carlson (Boise, Idaho) | June 22nd, 2019
Orvis Clearwater offers the durability, smooth operation and ease of use found in reels sold at twice the price. The spool and frame fit together tightly and truly, allowing the angler to cast and handle fly line most efficiently, The drag is strong and smooth, with the low start-up inertia needed to control strong fish on the smallest hooks and lightest tippets. Reels II and IV are equally excellent.