A half century ago, the original Orvis C.F.O Reel was introduced to commemorate the timeless, ventilated-port design first patented by Charles Fredrick Orvis in 1874. (See the original patent here.) Designed by the legendary Stan Bogdan, those 1971 C.F.O.s were a big hit and remained popular for years. In 1994, a disc-drag model was introduced, but affection for the original click-and-pawl version has never waned.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Orvis is offering an exact replica of the original, legendary C.F.O. III reel, in a limited run. Only 165 of these reels have been made, in gold color with silver accents. Machined in the USA out of 6061 bar-stock aluminum with type 2 anodizing to the same exacting tolerance as the original, each reel is hand-numbered. Featuring an easy conversion from left- to right-hand retrieve and a strong check with that unmistakable click-and-pawl growl, the reel is an elegant and useful fishing tool.