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Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel

$98.00 - $119.00

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    15 Reviews


    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

    Tech Specs

    machined bar-stock aluminum
    Drag System
    Backing Capacity
    [I] 75 yards, [II] 75 yards, [III] 100 yards, [IV] 200 yards
    [I] 2.75 in, [II] 3 in, [III] 3.25 in, [IV] 3.75 in
    Fly Line Weight
    [I] 1 - 3 wt, [II] 3 - 5 wt, [III] 5 - 7 wt, [IV] 7 - 9 wt
    Left and Right Handed Operation
    Extra Spool
    Claimed Weight
    [I] 2.8 oz, [II] 2.9 oz, [III] 3.2 oz, [IV] 8.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    fly fishing
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Great Reel

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I love this thing. I have the 1 on a 7’6” 3wt. I see no reason to pay for a more expensive drag system on a trout reel. I’ve caught multiple 20+ inch fish with this small set up and it handled those fish fine. The drag is nice and fairly loose which protects light tipets and keeps fish from taking off down stream. Overall, I love this litte reel!

    durable but way overrated.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Purchased the IV and it feels so much heavier than any other reel with the same drag weight. Setting the drag on the lightest setting, still requires a monster hog to pull it out. Sometimes i can feel the tension and need to pull my line out manually to let a fish run before snapping my rig. On top of that, it is sooo loud. Everyone within 300 yards will hear you reeling in. everyone within a mile will hear your drag if you've got a fish running. The good thing is that if a fish does pull your drag, you know its going to be a damn good fish. If youre fishing primarily trout under 25", scale down your weight or find another reel. Im not going to return the reel, it is a good, well-built reel, just made for much bigger fishing than any other reel of the same weight. Its loud, big and simple.It will last a lifetime and does get a little better after it really breaks in, but id say it should be paired with at least a 6/7 fast action rod and a 3/4 line. This reel will hold like 250-300 yards of backing if you want if you're running an 80-90 yard line. For how simple it is, it's a little overpriced. Backcountry does have an awesome price on it but for what I bought it for, I wish I tried it out before buying or any of these other reviews mentioned the fact that the drag is overly tight even on the easiest setting and requires removing the spool to adjust. There was a learning curve, i lost a few good fish before i learned how to fish with this reel, (something i dont have to do with any other of my reels, some much cheaper) It is a click and pawl reel so its going to last you forever but it will wake anyone sleeping within a 1 mile radius.

    Simple design, flawless function

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This reel is one of the most classic and recreated designs of all time. There are no smoke and mirrors here, just you and that pure sound of the Click n' Pawl drag screaming as a bucky brown trout is running downstream with your fly.
    One thing to consider when buying is that the size IV is MUCH larger than the I-III, as it is more designed for steelhead or even potentially saltwater applications. You can fit more backing and line on this reel than one could ever possibly need.

    Great Reel!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Finally got a chance to try out my Battenkill Fly Reel this weekend, and was blown away at how much smoother I could handle my line and fight with fish. Would definitely recommend!

    Great Reel

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I wanted a reel that was smooth, good quality, made the grade to be the dedicated reel for my new 6'2" small creek rod, had a good reputation and wouldn't break the bank. Done and done. Very happy with this purchase.

    No Nonsense Classic

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've owned a few of these and the Battenkills are a legendary classic for no nonsense fishermen. I had these growing up and ultimately graduated to the Orvis CFO reels but the Battenkills are among the best value reels on the market with the classic click and pawl drag function perfect for getting into trout fishing. Unless you are looking to hook into 20 lbs. freight train trout, the Battenkill will be more than most people will ever need.

    Outstanding and easily services, the Battenkills are great reels that will last a lifetime.

    simple and perfect

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got this to build my first fly rod set up , Its easy to simple and straight to the point. Very easy to use and light weight so makes for a great reel for any one from beginners getting their first set up dialed in or experts getting a second rod set up for a backup.

    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

    Great Reel

    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.

    Great Reel


    • 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!

    Very smooth

    • 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.