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Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel · III · Black Nickel

Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel · III · Black Nickel

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Color: Black Nickel
Reel line weight
I (1-3 wt)
III (5-7 wt)
II (3-5 wt)
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Product details

The Orvis Battenkill Reel is the old, proven, traditional standard reel from Orvis. This reel is for the purist who enjoys the sound of a click pawl reel. Perfect for balancing with a small stream fly rod. This is a classic reel that still has its place for traditional anglers. Key Features:

  • Click Pawl Drag – The simplicity of the drag system means very few pieces to break. There is also nothing more pleasant than the sound of a running fish fighting a click pawl drag system.
  • Easy Adjustable Right/Left Hand Retrieve – This reel is very easy to change the retrieve based on angler preference.
  • Heavy Bar Stock Aluminum – Heavy Bar Aluminum creates added durability without the extra weight.
Water type
Reel or Spool
Drag type
Click and Pawl
Reel Material
Bar-stock aluminum
Reel weight (oz)
Yards backing
WF5: 125 yds./20lb, WF6: 100 yds./20lb, WF7: 75 yds./20lb
Reel diameter (in)
Fishing type
Reel width (in)
Expert product review
Fly Fishing Expert Joseph Smith
Review by Curated Expert Joseph Smith
The Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel is an old school reel geared for anglers of all skill levels. Nothing sounds nicer than a fish taking line off a click-and-pawl reel and the reel purring along.
The Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel laying next to a fish.
The Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel laying next to a fish.
The Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel disassembled.
Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel · III · Black Nickel
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Hayden B.
Hayden B.
Verified fly fishing expert
Reviewed Jul 13, 2022

I cannot recommend this reel enough. It is perfect for anything from small streams to medium sized rivers. Its simple mechanics allow you to focus less on things like drag, and more on line management and control. Hiking long distances to water and negotiating woody areas, you'll come to appreciate the ultra-light, minimal nature of this. For small streams and rocky rivers, you'll want a reel that can withstand the conditions. If you find yourself climbing, skirting, bouldering, and crawling to get to some of those waters, you need something that can withstand more than a few bumps and scrapes. With its solid aluminum build, it still looks and performs like new after years of abuse. Unlike heavier duty drag reels out there, the click-pawl mechanics put you in control and make a killer classic sound when you have a fighter on your line. It's a wonderful way to fish. This is a generational piece of gear you can expect to pass on some day.

Jake Williams
Jake Williams
Verified fly fishing expert
Reviewed Jul 13, 2022

Very simple design, quality construction. It has a narrow spool which prevents line stacking, and its easily adjustable for left or right hand retrieve.