christopher (ca) | August 2nd, 2023
very well made, smooth, looks good.
MaKayla Blevins | August 10th, 2022
Love these reels. Love the service warranty that Orvis also provides on their rods & reels.
Bryan (California) | March 2nd, 2022
Like the reel and had no issues with it until fishing in sub zero conditions...reel seized up but would free up back in the room at night then seize up again once outside in the conditions...sent it back to Orvis for repair/warranty
Chris (ME) | January 2nd, 2022
Overall this is a well build reel for trout fishing and has great looks as well. I would recommend.
Christopher (MT) | December 27th, 2021
I paired this reel with an Orvis Clearwater 9' 5wt and a floating line and it's been a fantastic combination for the rivers of SW Montana. Whether I'm wading or fishing out of a boat, I've found the Hydros reel to be adept and capable for anything that wants to take dries and nymphs. Really easy mechanism to swap out reels (I only have one now) and the drag knob is large enough to grip even with slightly numb fingers. Very smooth drag, and quiet! I'll be using this reel for years to come, I can tell already. That's about what I'd expect from Orvis - even the entrant models seem top notch.
Todd (Missouri) | October 8th, 2021
Really nice reel with the quality you expect from Orvis. Paired with a G. Loomis IMX Creek 4Wt rod and a RIO Creek 4Wt line. Casts are super smooth and accurate. Looking forward to many years of use. Shipping A+++ and really nice service coming fully loaded and ready to fish including a leader!
ACD (New Mexico) | August 13th, 2021
Purchased this reel as a gift to upgrade my partner's setup. It handles very well, and the larger arbor style is great for anglers of all experience levels, and who like to work with a lot of line. The drag functions well for all different sizes of catch, and the clean smooth performance is exactly the quality I was hoping for. It's the time and intention put into design that makes the difference between a high quality reel and a cheaper one, and this is one that delivers on the trusted Orvis product quality without breaking the bank.
Jake (Colorado) | February 13th, 2021
This reel balances and feels extremely good on the Orvis H3F. Not to mention it looks very good too. It also has enough drag to stop a whale.
Darren Fish (Michigan) | February 3rd, 2021
Wonderful reel, drag will be more than enough for any trout you will be catching.
MVK (NY) | November 11th, 2020
Great little reel, drag is smooth and doesn't make clickety-clack sound like a low-end reel. Landed plenty of large browns efficiently with this little tool. Paired up with 10' 3wt Recon.