Ellis Elam (Freeport, TX) | August 16th, 2023
Great all-around reel and awesome company to order from. Sealed reel so maintenace is minimal. RFR's customer service is top notch and my go to online fly shop.
Robert Michael Franz (Raleigh, NC) | October 24th, 2022
I bought this reel based on its excellent drag system and it has performed up to my standards. A great saltwater reel for the price.
Mark Locey | June 21st, 2022
One of my all time favorite 8wt reels. Smooth start-up. Great drag knob.
David N (Richmond,VA) | December 15th, 2021
Great reel, great price, fast delivery.
Chris (Louisiana) | September 25th, 2021
Quality mid-range reel. While I’m admittedly partial to the discontinued SL version, this is a solid reel and worth every penny.
Ben Meister (ohio) | August 5th, 2021
using this reel with my 7wt TFO Axiom II-X and man it balances perfect! This reel has great retrieval speed and just feel plain tough! Just got a Hydros V that I will be pairing with my 8WT for yearly Florida trip next motnh! Well worth the money.
Joshua Milligan (TX) | June 21st, 2021
I bought this reel to pair with my 8wt Axiom II-X and they balance incredibly well together. This reel has a super fast retrieval rate and comes with a completely sealed drag system. It’s made to do exactly what I bought it for; to chase redfish in the flats.
Alex (Cambridge (MA)) | May 4th, 2021
I also own the first version of the hydros sl iv. This was already a great reel but the new one is even better: much lighter and a waterproof drag. Really great reel for the price!
Andrew Hill (Auckland, New Zealand) | April 26th, 2021
I love this reel. Big and strong, good brake and plenty of room for line. And it looks good. I have one for a seven wt line and one for an 8 wt. These are my go to winter spawning reels for Taupo and I'm looking forward to using them in a month or two. Hard to go past and a really good price. Highly recommended.
Andy (MD) | April 13th, 2021
I had two of the previous generation and I have two of this generation. The Hydros is truly in a class of its own IMO. Yes it's made overseas but it's a great reels. No noticeable start up with the drag, nice drag adjustment and it had a decent sound. The finish is a very nice matte anodizing. I have have the purple and blue colors and they are amazing in person. If you can't or don't want to spend $400+ on a reel take a good look at the Hydros. I love how they are doing limited color runs now too.