This is my goto reel for tailwater trout fishing on smaller streams and rivers.
The drag is smooth, the retrieve is fast, and the craftsmanship is top notch. If you haven’t used an Orvis reel before, I would highly recommend it. The color selections are also pretty nice. I have the II in Silver, and my father has the II in Gold.
I don’t believe the model I have is available anymore, but Orvis released an SL (Super Large) version that looks really nice. If you’re looking for a mid-priced reel for tailwater trout fishing, it’s worth a look!