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. Battenkill IV for line weights 7-9, 8.5 oz., 3¾" diameter. Battenkill V for line weights 9-11, 9.5 oz., 4" diameter.
Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 121 reviews
116 of 121 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great Minimalist reel! -
By: ReelAdventurer from Rockwall, TX
Super little minimalist reel for the small stream fishing I do in Colorado! Light in weight, it pairs nicely with my TFO FSG 3/4 rod! I highly recommend!
High-quality reel -
By: KeokukTed from Colorado
I bought the Battenkill V to use on a 7 weight spey rod. I have just rigged the reel and am very happy with the quality of the construction, fit and finish of this reel. It has a nice loud outgoing clicker. I just wish Orvis would offer extra spools for these reels in the larger sizes.
Looks good -
Looks good, feels right, and I can't wait to take it for a spin!
By: nickoliak from michigan
I've never owned an orvis product in my life. Never. But sitting on the table when I got home was a brand new battenkill IV loaded for steel. I humored the woman and threw it on a 9'6 8wt and said when I got back we can send the pieces back together. I fished it. I caught some really nice steelhead. A few big ones. The reel preformed and I'm sitting here with egg on my face. It went through the paces and came out the other side none to worse for the wear. I'm actually pretty impressed.
A Great Reel -
By: swimcoach from Houston, TX
Top 100 Contributor
I have two of these reels. A Battenkill II and a III. I love the classic look, and how it performs. It's a simple reel that does its job very well. This is certainly the reel I would recommend.
High quality construction -
By: Sicard from Michigan
High quality construction, however the Battenkill 2 does not have 75 yard capacity of 20 lb backing with a DT4 Rio line, more like 25 or 30 yards. Great reel other wise, woul d not recommend for anything larger that a 4 weight.
Great little reel -
By: flyguy139 from nwpa
I recently bought a new, lighter 5wt 8.6ft rod for Trout and pan fish when I'm in my float tube. I wanted a smaller,simple reel and the Battenkill lll was exactly what I was looking for. It's the simplest reel out there I think but that's what I wanted. It looks great on the rod and feels very well made being all metal construction. I haven't had it out on the waters yet but can't wait. I spooled it with some Orvis 5wt Trout line and should be an awesome set up.
good starter reel -
I recommend this reel to others, especially those just starting out in fly fishing.
Cheap but not cheapo -
By: Woodturtle from Warwick, MA
Having just bought a sweet little Thomas & Thomas 3 wt, I needed a small reel. I don't believe in spending a ton on reels for little trout, but I didn't want to uglify my beautiful high-end rod with a cheesy reel. The Battenkill I was right--cheap, light, simple, looks good, feels good....and it gives me a place to put the line, which is all it needs to do.