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Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel · III · Black Nickel

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ID #3597169

$149.00

Color: Black Nickel
Reel line weight
I (1-3 wt)
III (5-7 wt)
II (3-5 wt)
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Danny Salinas, Fly Fishing Expert
Joseph Smith, Fly Fishing Expert
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This fly reel is designed and built to emulate the classic fly reels. Built with a click and pawl drag, this reel has few moving parts that can fail. A fly angler is is looking for a classical reel with a click and pawl drag system should consider this fly reel.

Ideal for
  • This is a reliable, easy to use click and pawl reel.
  • This reel has a classic look and feel.
  • The reel is machined from bar stock aluminum for durability.
Not ideal for
  • This is a click and pawl reel. This drag is not as strong as a disc drag.

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.
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4.96 average rating

Reel line weightIII (5-7 wt)
ColorBlack Nickel
Water typeFreshwater
Reel or SpoolReel
Drag typeClick and Pawl
Reel MaterialBar-stock aluminum
Reel weight (oz)3.2
Yards backingWF5: 125 yds./20lb, WF6: 100 yds./20lb, WF7: 75 yds./20lb
Reel diameter (in)3.25
Fishing typeFly
ModelIII
Reel width (in)4.5

4.4/5
Joseph Smith owns this product
This fly reel is designed and built to emulate the classic fly reels. Built with a click and pawl drag, this reel has few moving parts that can fail. A fly angler is is looking for a classical reel with a click and pawl drag system should consider this fly reel.
Ideal for
  • This is a reliable, easy to use click and pawl reel.
  • This reel has a classic look and feel.
  • The reel is machined from bar stock aluminum for durability.
Not ideal for
  • This is a click and pawl reel. This drag is not as strong as a disc drag.
Reviewed by:
Joseph Smith
Fly Fishing Expert
4.0/5
Baily Dent owns this product
This reel is perfect for anglers looking of a reel to use in small stream applications where a drag is not needed. This reel is not going to be suitable for anglers looking to target larger species that like to un line since there is no drag on it. The click pawl helps slow downs smaller fish a... Read more
Ideal for
  • Classic styling.
  • Has been produced for 70 years.
  • Full lifetime warranty.
Not ideal for
  • Click Pawl no drag system.
  • Made in China.
Reviewed by:
Baily Dent
Fly Fishing Expert
4.3/5
Danny Salinas owns this product
This Orvis Battenkill Fly Reel is for someone looking for an school style fly reel made with modern materials. The Battenkill is a lightweight fully machined aluminum reel that pairs up with the lightest of rods and comes with a simple adjustable click n pawl drag system that will put enough pressure not to cause you to backlash. This simplistic... Read more
Ideal for
  • Fully machined aluminum
  • Ultralight reel that will balance with the lightest of reels
  • Click n pawl simple drag system
Not ideal for
  • Old school click n pawl system may not be for those looking for a robust drag system
  • Made overseas.
Reviewed by:
Danny Salinas
Fly Fishing Expert

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368 customer reviews

Strong and Versitile

Originally posted at www.orvis.com on Dec 21, 2023
Best click and pawl reel I’ve used. It’s adjustable so you can tweak the tension based upon where you are fishing. It’s also milled from solid aluminum, not cast! I fell once and smashed this reel on a rock and there wasn’t a scratch on it.
GregFromNYLocation: Westchester NY
I would recommend to a friend
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Battenkill Fly Reels are Perfect for Bamboo Rods

Originally posted at www.orvis.com on Dec 20, 2023
I refinish old bamboo flyrods and the only fly reel I would ever use is the Battenkill. They balance perfectly, have a classic look and perform flawlessly. Here's a link to my youtube video casting a refinished bamboo flyrod using a Battenkill II click pawl fly reel. https://youtu.be/aIzTD_JECwo
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