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Orvis Battenkill Disc Reel · IV · Black Nickel

ID #3188386


Color: Black Nickel
Reel line weight
I (1-3 wt)
IV (7-9 wt)
III (5-7 wt)
II (3-5 wt)
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Cory G, Fly Fishing Expert
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Best for anglers seeking a reel with a high-performing, sealed, maintenance-free drag system, ideal for freshwater fishing.

Great for
  • Drag performanceFully sealed, maintenance-free drag with high performance.
Good for
  • DurabilityMade of machined aluminum but can ding easily.
  • ReliabilityHas been in production for 70 years.
  • Ease of useCompact and easy to travel with.
  • PerformancePerforms above its class, but not ideal for large-arbor.
  • SmoothnessSmooth operation, but can corrode in saltwater.
  • VersatilitySuitable for both fresh and light saltwater fishing.
  • QualityQuality entry level reel, but made in China.
Avoid for
  • StabilitySpools can develop a slight wobble.
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There has been a long and historically successful line of Battenkill reels through Orvis history. Simple, trouble free, and easily accessible in price-the ultimate in function and simplicity throughout the years. Welcome to the powerful, technologically advanced, and yet still accessible new generation of Battenkill reels. This latest Battenkill Disc version is true to its heritage in looks and performance but updated with the latest in design improvements and a significantly more powerful drag. The porting and finish pay unmistakable homage to the Battenkills of the past, but this reel incorporates our best-selling mid-arbor design. Underneath that mid arbor is the same sealed drag system found in the Hydros SL incorporating six interacting carbon and stainless drag surfaces. Positive clicks drag is simple and easy to adjust. The reel is built of 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum with an ergonomic Delrin handle and changing from left to right hand retrieve is simple. In black nickel.


  • NEW generation of Battenkill Disc Reels!
  • NEW mid-arbor design
  • Technically superior sealed-drag based on the Hydros
  • Ported jewel finish
  • Battle-tested performance, remarkably accessible price
  • In sizes I through IV
  • Battenkill Disc I for line weights 1-3, 4.4 oz., 2¾" diameter
  • Battenkill Disc II for line weights 3-5, 4.6 oz., 3" diameter
  • Battenkill Disc III for line weights 5-7, 4.9 oz., 3¼" diameter
  • Battenkill Disc IV for line weights 7-9, 5.9 oz., 3½" diameter
Stefan E., Fly Fishing Expert
Rylyn S., Fly Fishing Expert
Andrew Grandemange, Fly Fishing Expert
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4.96 average rating

Reel line weightIV (7-9 wt)
ColorBlack Nickel
Water typeFreshwater
Reel or SpoolReel
Arbor sizeMid
Drag typeDisc
Reel MaterialAircraft aluminum
Reel weight (oz)8.5
Yards backingWF7: 225 yds./20lb, WF8: 225 yds./20lb, WF9: 225 yds./20lb
Reel diameter (in)3.75
Fishing typeFly
Reel width (in)4.75

Baily Dent owns this product
This reel is a great choice for the angler who is looking for a classically styled reel with a high performing drag at a value price point. This drag is fully sealed so it is virtually maintenance free and you can you it for both fresh or saltwater fishing. It comes with a full lifetime Orvis warranty and... Read more
Ideal for
  • Fully sealed maintenance free drag.
  • Classic Trout Styling.
  • Has been in production for 70 years.
Not ideal for
  • Partially cast so it does ding up easily.
  • Not a large Arbour.
  • Made in China.
Reviewed by:
Baily Dent
Fly Fishing Expert
Cory G owns this product
When looking for a reel for large freshwater fish or light saltwater duty, the Orvis Battenkill Disc is a great place to start. It is relatively inexpensive with other reels in this class, but it is still made with fully machined aluminum and has a sealed drag system to keep out dirt and sand. With these aesthetics, this reel would... Read more
Ideal for
  • Classic looks with modern drag system
  • Freshwater fishing or light saltwater where a drag is needed
  • Machined Aluminum Durability
Not ideal for
  • Some Corrosion
  • Standard Arbor
  • Wobble on the spool
Reviewed by:
Cory G
Fly Fishing Expert
Jacob Jesionek owns this product
The Orvis Battenkill is ideal for someone who is looking for a quality entry level reel that will perform above its class. It has a timeless look and tough finish making it a good reel to beat up on without worry of failure. I personally fish this reel on my lighter weight rods (3-4wt) because it is nice and compact... Read more
Ideal for
  • Sealed drag system for longevity and performance
  • Very affordable for the quality
  • Small and easy to travel with
Not ideal for
  • Mid-arbor reel doesn't store as much line as a large-arbor
Reviewed by:
Jacob Jesionek
Fly Fishing Expert

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