S&S,ts, Didn't we give the Hydros SL a squeez at Somerset and found it too flexy? It is likely fine in its couple of smallest sizes.
Yep! They are!! We had this conversation shortly after Somerset. Again, it was just one of the many conversations that I appreciate having with you. After following up on your lead and doing a little research myself, I feel like I can safely agree that you are 100% correct. I feel like I should add that at least personally I would rather support Orvis than some no name company in China. What would be really great would be for Orvis (and companies like them) to find a way to profitable operate more out of the US. Let's please not start a US versus foreign country conversation though. I remember past threads that did this and don't mean to start one here.A professional acquaintance who does tackle buying in the Orient is familiar with the maker of this reel in China. He told me what the unit price of this product is to Orvis with printed box, manual and reel case included. I can't quote him but trust me, no matter the discount, Orvis is making out like a bandit with their Chinese reels.
Hi S&S,Well Orvis's current and improved Mirage is US made and a good reel it seems though I have not used one. And I anticipate but do not know that the next CFO will be US sourced too.
I think companies like Taylor and Allen who design the reels themselves offer a superior price to value ratio alternative to big name re-branded reels.
Totally agree with you. Considered various sizes a couple of times, but always passed for the reasons you cited. The main selling points seem to be that it has a strong drag and is relatively cheap. Opinions/conclusions obviously vary, but those attributes were never enough to sway me given the negatives. I always concluded their were better options at that price point. I personally wouldn't get one at any price, but many like it.I've considered purchasing this reel off and on since its release. For me, it's not the perfect reel.
When this was first posted I checked out the reel since I am in the market for my 7wt. I was interested until I saw the drag knob and thought that knob looks horrible and lost interest. Waiting for Black Friday hoping Allen will put the Kraken on sale since I have one on my 5wt and really like it. Otherwise I will go with a Behemoth.3. A horribly designed drag knob IMHO.
Is there a new CFO coming? If so, I wonder how faithful they will be to the original design. I have a couple of the most recent Abel version, as well as a couple of the original Hardy version and the original English-made (BFR?) barstock version.I anticipate but do not know that the next CFO will be US sourced too
It's been rumored since the Abel version was discontinued that a new US made CFO reel was coming. It's been a long time and I haven't seen/heard of one yet.Is there a new CFO coming? If so, I wonder how faithful they will be to the original design. I have a couple of the most recent Abel version, as well as a couple of the original Hardy version and the original English-made (BFR?) barstock version.