Orvis - CFO III Fly Reel - Inverted Script

For sale here is a scarce 1st production run Orvis CFO III fly reel in good used condition. This is the earliest production model, made in England by Hardy, with script that appears inverted when hung off a rod (a correction made within the first year or two). Featuring "screwback" spindle, fully ported frame & spool, black handle grasp and three-hole alloy foot. The drag adjuster works as intended, and the reel can be fished LHW or RHW. Mechanically without fault, the reel has signs of honest use. Small nicks and scratches throughout and minor finish loss, mostly relegated to the rims. The bottom pillar has a small area of line burn from fishing RHW, but nothing serious. Weight is a lithe 3oz and capacity is for a WF6 + 50yds, although I think it's better with a modern 5wt. Sold in a period correct square vinyl zipper case.

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