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A true trout legend.
Since Orvis started making the iconic Battenkill Fly Reel, more than a few trout have encountered it. Simple, streamlined, and affordable, this click-and-pawl reel has been a go-to for anglers who seek simplicity when fly fishing. The durable, machined aluminum reel will handle the rugged demands of the river, while its ultra-light design balances perfectly on shorter rods. The drag system is adjusted internally and is designed to be used with the palm of your hand for an organic feel when playing fish. Sizes I-III feature a narrow spool to reduce line stacking, and the slightly larger arbor increases line retrieval. Size IV and V reels are specifically designed for spey and switch rods.
- Machined bar-stock aluminum
- Click-and-pawl drag system
- Internally adjusted drag
- Sizes I-III feature a narrow spool
- Left or right hand retrieve
- Laser engraved logos
- Item #ORV000L
- Q & A
Like pretty much everything from Orvis, this reel is beautifully designed and functions flawlessly. It's lightweight and reliable.
Classic Switch Reel
3wt fiberglass switch rod paired with a Battenkill IV
no frills, just solid
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have the II on a brook set-up. It's exactly what I needed for a bargain. Just take the "made in china" sticker off and you're good to go :p
The Battenkill III worked well bringing in this cutbow caught in a local reservoir in the southwest. The drag handled well in the runs the fish took without any slippage.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Simple design and everything you need to pull the big one in. The click and pawl drag system makes it easy to work with the palm of your hand and allot of fun when bringing them in. Really light weight but quality you feel every time you reel. I put this on my superfine and it is the perfect combo for a good time. Would suggest this reel to anyone looking for simplicity, quality and best bang for the buck!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have been using my fathers fly fishing setup while I visit in Colorado. and this is the reel he has on his main fly rod. I have liked how smooth the reel has been when handling very active trout. The drag adjustment also stays where I want it, which is nice to avoid the free spooling you get with a reel that is poor quality. When reeling in fish the reel is quiet unlike some of the clicker reels that seem to break down after continual use.
I know my Dad has put this reel through the ringer and it has withstood the test of time. He fishes with this reel probably 50-100 times a year and it still works like new. I would recommend it to anyone.