Orvis 2013 Battenkill Fly Reel

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Porter, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Porter

    Porter Active Member

    Posted this on other thread but it is long winded.....but I think Orvis on to something here.... click on to reel and get more info...i think it works?

  2. RustE

    RustE drifting about

    I like the simplicity.
    I don't like the "Imported" aspect.

    Will the price really equate to under $150USD is the question.
  3. chief

    chief Active Member

    Edit - I posted the price from the Orvis catalog odf the disc drag reel - the click pawl version is not in the catalog.
  4. Porter

    Porter Active Member

    98 bones and 45 for spools.
  5. rainbow

    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

    It look's a little weighty. What is the diameter and weight of the reel.
  6. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

    Well for 3.2 ounces at 3 1/4" dia for the 5-7 weights. that's a light reel. nice looks.
  7. RustE

    RustE drifting about

    Thanks for the price info.

    I'm interested in looking at one or two to check the fit between spool and frame.
  8. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    Why is that reel on the Orvis UK site but not on the US one?

  9. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

    The reel Chief is talking about is the standard disc drag Battenkill. The new Battenkill click pawl model is listed in the new Feathercraft catalog at $98 and the spools are $59.

    Kent, perhaps these are made in England and they are just filling the home market first. I read initially they they were going to be available on March 25 but when I called and ordered mine they said it would be mid May. Hopefully it arrives earlier than that.

  10. rainbow

    rainbow My name is Mark Oberg

    Ya, that is a nice weight. is there a link I would like to see the 3' and smaller.
  11. Porter

    Porter Active Member

  12. Porter

    Porter Active Member

    • Battenkill I for line weights 1-3, 2.8 oz., 2¾" diameter.
    • Battenkill II for line weights 3-5, 2.9 oz., 3" diameter.
    • Battenkill III for line weights 5-7, 3.2 oz., 3¼" diameter.
  13. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

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  14. Kyle Smith

    Kyle Smith Active Member

    Is that a blued silver finish? Those things look nice. Who even uses their disc drag for trout anyway?
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  15. formerguide

    formerguide Active Member

    Well, there are many, many non imported, US made alternatives. If you don't like "imported" products then you have choices, like Abel, Tibor, Hatch, Ross, and Lamson/Waterworks, to name a few... You will also pay more, just the way of the world.

    The referenced reel looks to be a nicely mchined reel for $100 or so, it seems like a value, imported or not.

    I find comments about "overseas" gear almost inevitably has an anti-Asian bias. I have yet to see someone complain about Loop reels (Sweden) or British made Hardy's, or back when STH made reels (Argentina.) I think machinists from Korea have as much skill as anyone else, though if your issue is with low wages and human rights (think PRC) then I'm in agreement. But I see no issues with an Asian made reel, if that's your budget and to your liking.

    To that end, I'm always a little surprised that St. Croix rods don't get more love among fly anglers. US made, nice components and good casting rods. I'd put any of their rods up against similarly priced products from anyone, including imported rods from TFO, Redington and the like.


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  16. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

    You hit it right on the head. Everybody loves the idea of buying American-made products, but they love the low prices of stuff made in Asia, except they hate the idea of the low wages and abuse paid to Asian workers, but they love the idea of the low prices resulting from such low wages.

    Bottom line: you can't have both.

    If you want low prices then the goods you buy will come with Made in China (or Korea or Bangladesh or India) stamped on the bottom. If you want products Made in America, then you're gonna pay more.

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  17. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

    This new version of the Battenkill looks like a winner at a great price point. I like the narrow spool and the preset but adjustable drag. Both of those attributes are found on the Abel Creek. If its anywhere near the weight of the (now old) Battenkill it should be a great match for light weight graphite rods.

  18. teedub

    teedub Active Member

    Miyawaki -

    What is the story on this?
  19. flybill

    flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

    Leland's out fishing in Idaho, so may not get back right away. I'll be working at the shop tomorrow and see what I can find out about the availability and let you guys know.

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  20. teedub

    teedub Active Member

    Fishing in Idaho - what is the world coming to? Thanks fly bill!

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