Orvis Mirage USA Fly Reel
Available in sizes II through VI (3wt through 14wt)
Colors: Pewter, Midnight Black, Dragonfly (limited edition)
A technologically superior reel conceived and designed from the ground up and built in New England by American craftsmen to battle angry fish and laugh in the face of corrosive saltwater environments. The new Mirage features a sealed and maintenance-free carbon and stainless steel disc drag system with an aggressive knurled drag knob that goes from zero to full drag in a single drag knob rotation. Patent-pending ball and ramp drag mechanism provides a smooth turning drag that follows a non-linear curve as the drag knob is turned to give smoother adjustments in the fishing and fish-fighting range. The reel is a super large arbor for increased retrieve rates and reduction in line coil. Machined in the USA from strong, yet lightweight 6061 T6 aluminum barstock. Ergonomically designed machined aluminum handle. Quick release spool easily converts from left to right-hand retrieve. Military-spec type III hard coat anodizing. Titanium shaft adds strength without additional weight. Fully radiused reel foot prevents kinked leaders. Low-profile counterweight won’t catch fingers or fly lines.
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Mirage II for line weights 3-5; 5.6 oz, 3½” in diameter. (125 yds for WF-4, 100 yds for WF-5)
Mirage III for line weights 5-7; 6.2 oz, 3⅞” in diameter. (150 yds for WF-5, 125 yds for WF-6)
Mirage IV for line weights 7-9; 8.9 oz, 4¼” in diameter. (225 yds for WF-7, 200 yds for WF-8)
Mirage V for line weights 9-11; 9.7 oz, 4½” in diameter. (250 yds for WF-9, 225 yds for WF-10)
Mirage VI for line weights 11-13; 12.9 oz, 5″ in diameter. (350 yds for WF-11, 325 yds for WF-12)
Mirage VI-Deep for line weights 13-15; 13 oz, 5″ in diameter. (600 yds WF-14)
The size VI Mirage comes with two spool choices. Pick the high-capacity deep spool for blue water species or the standard shallow spool for the highest amount of line pick up for the serious tarpon angler.
Shop Staff Notes: We not only love this reel for its performance, quality and sharp looks but we also love the story behind the new Mirage USA Fly Reel. Orvis puts on an annual Orvis Guide Rendezvous every year and at that event takes input from Guides and Fly Shop Owners & Staff from all over the world. One of the most frequently requested products was a high-end reel –MADE in the USA. Orvis listened and went to work on it. They scored big time in finding a high-tech machining manufacturer right down the road from the Manchester, VT offices. The collaboration couldn’t have clicked better and they all teamed up to design and build what can be argued the finest big-game reel on the market. Lots of great features on this real were the result of putting the heads together with serious anglers and serious engineers (often, having the same passion for both!). When you get people that love fly fishing and have the skills to make a better product together, you get great gear! The same can be said about the new Orvis USA Nippers and Pliers. Cool stuff. Amazing performance. You will be proud to own this reel! This is the main reel that Shop Manager and USGS Capt. and Guide, Ben Cooley, uses for his Lousiana Redfish and giant, Montana Carp fishing. Shop Owner and Outfitter, Chris Strainer, also uses the Mirage for his Spey and Switch Rods for big BC Steelhead every year. So far, there have been zero problems with their Mirage Reels -both freshwater and freezing and in the harsh saltwater environments. They both have had some issues with other reels in these same conditions which does highlight the quality of the Mirage. These big game reels now have a younger brother, the Mirage LT. Still made in the USA but 30% lighter and sized more appropriately for trout and light big game, saltwater or trout spey. We stock in our shops the Mirage USA in sizes IV and V for big game, saltwater or spey and the Mirage LT in sizes I, II, III and IV for trout and lighter purposes. Please keep in mind that we can have any size in any color drop shipped directly to you from Orvis -and offer you free shipping and no sales tax.
Check out this cool video from Orvis about this sweet new reel! ORVIS – The All-New American made Mirage Fly Reel
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