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 110 reviews
105 of 110 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Best, Simplest Fly Reel -
By: Todd32311 from Tallahassee, FL
I like my fly fishing to be simple and clean. The Battenkill reel fits this style. I have used Battenkill reels for over eight years now and have been very impressed with their performance, reliability and function. Not to mention their price. A great fly fishing reel!
Great Reel -
I bought the Battenkill II for my 3wt and I absolutely love it. It is super light, almost too light, which is why I opted for the BKII over the BKI. the click drag is perfect for small streams and even up to good sized bass. My only complaint is how loud the click is, but that really is just a personal quirk. I would definitely recommend this reel to anyone.
Simple & perfect.. -
I purchased the I &II for both my 3wt and 4wt rods. I loaded the I reel with 12lb backing and 2wt fly line for those light flies and small streams, much to my surprise I hooked into about a 15 inch brown and found once on the reel, it handle the fish flawlessly. Fly fishing at it's simplest.
Nice design and engineering -
By: CMTrunick from Western PA and Colorado
My first larger arbor reel. Nice engineering and mechanical precision. Can't wait to experience its performance with a trout on the line. I purchased at the same time an extra spool for quick change out for changing wind and fishing conditions.
Light as it gets -
By: Happyfisherman6 from N Ireland
This reel is just so light that when it arrived in the post I thought I had ordered the wrong reel.Well happily I had not.It's a perfect little reel that looks great and works really well.I love the simplicity of how the drag system works and on the lowest setting a 3/4lb trout feels like a monster.Top marks ORVIS.
Classic reel -
By: Ralph6 from east coaast
Just recieved my Batternkill II reel with 4 wieght line pre-installed. Looks and feels great for a reasonable priced reel. Will be perfect for my 7" bamboo.
Simple, elegant, affordable -
By: DWin1 from Boston -> White Mountains
Top 1000 Contributor
This reel is the perfect size for my new 4 wt Superfine, and is an attractive small arbor reel for it's price. For those of us who can't afford a CFO but want a decent click and pawl, I'd recommend this to anyone
All You Need for Northeast Trout -
By: datongdave from Exeter, NH
Top 50 Contributor
Let's face it, when you fish for trout in the northeast, how often do you really need a drag? With this Battenkill Reel, you get what you need with a solidly machined piece of equipment whose simplicity is its genius. Tight tolerances and very, very light, it pairs perfectly with my various set ups on the Hydros, Helios and H2. I own one in each size. Tremendous value for the beginner and expert alike.
Great reel -
By: RWHfish from Russellville. AR
I've got 4 of these and they do everything I need them to do perfectly and it's the best reel at the best price
better than expected -
By: 30West from Concord, NH
Received the battenkill 1 reel, has the look, feel, and performance of reels more than double the price. Company response and delivery was better than expected. You can't go wrong with Orvis fly fishing gear.