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#11795106 - 08/24/16 05:39 PM Opinions wanted
Smurfs Online   content
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Registered: 01/31/14
Posts: 1283
Loc: Fort Worth
Orvis Hydros SL or TFO BVK. What say you in a 5wt?
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God

#11795156 - 08/24/16 06:34 PM Re: Opinions wanted [Re: Smurfs]
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 102
Loc: Mansfield, TX
I have the Orvis hydros 5 wt and I like it. Never fished the BVK so can't compare.

According to the Yellowstone Angler 2016 5 wt reel shootout they thought the hydros was too heavy because it had the same drag system as the hydros 8 wt (which they liked). Interesting though the hydros and bvk finished in a tie in the shootout.

The hydros is about $50 cheaper.

#11795212 - 08/24/16 07:07 PM Re: Opinions wanted [Re: Smurfs]
BoPro Offline

Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 378
Loc: Arlington, TX
No experience with either reel, but IMO you don't need a fancy drag with a 5wt or under. I use a Galvan Brookie 4/5 wt. Super nice, but it's a click and pawl. No reel drag, but I've never needed a drag when fishing anything 5 wt and under. I'll just palm the reel if I need to slow down fish. Anything above, I use a Galvan Torque.

The Orvis and BVK are nicely priced though. You probably can't go wrong with either on a 5wt.

Edited by BoPro (08/24/16 07:12 PM)

#11795547 - 08/24/16 09:31 PM Re: Opinions wanted [Re: Smurfs]
Hunter498 Offline

Registered: 04/12/12
Posts: 157
Loc: Huntsville, Texas
I have two of the Hydros Sl and love them!!


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