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.
9 thoughts on “Check Out the New CFO III 50th Anniversary Reel”
How much are the CPO IIIs?
When can I order one?
are you going to have a different color eventually? or only gold?
So I just looked at the posting and the reels are already “out of stock”. What the hell Orvis? Why was 165 the magic number to stop production at? I’m a bit cranky about it.
165 years of Orvis.
Bob my wife’s right….. neither you nor I would be beyond cranky if we were one of the 165…… it would be the other way around. But really Orvis….. WTF?
Are these available in the UK?
If the CFO is so great (and I think it is), why not put it back into regular production? I’m really tired of artificial scarcity and “Look how great this is, sorry you can’t have one!”