Battenkill Disc Drag Fly Reel

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This fly fishing reel is chosen by more fly fishermen than any other fly reel for one reason—best value. All Battenkill fly reels are backed by the Orvis 100% guarantee of satisfaction. You can never lose your fly reel investment. When you compare price, features, and guarantee to any other fly reel on the market, there's no question.
  • This fly reel has a true disc drag, not inferior caliper
  • The drag has a wide, easily adjustable range
  • The Battenkill Fly Reel has more drag surface
  • Easy fly reel conversion from right- to left-hand retrieve
  • Precision-machined drag gear for the best retrieval

  • Fly Fishing Line


    Overall: 4.6/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 60 reviews

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    57 of 60 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 4/5 stars 4/5

      Great reel (4.5/5) - 5/2/2013
      By: from Oregon

      Had mine for going on 14 years now and still works like a charm. Very smooth and I like that the drag is easy to reach with the fingers on my rod-hand. I would absolutely recommend this reel. You definitely get your money's worth. I use this reel the most. Great for beginners and experienced anglers alike. The only downside is due to the size, you can get spooled if you get into a runner that's in the double digits. Mostly not, but not a great reel for targeting trophy fish.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Well engineered and good service - 1/10/2012
      By: from North Yorkshire

      A new rod (Christmas present) required a no.3 line. Since I already had (for 15 years) the 5-6 size of this reel and have been absolutely delighted with it I naturally ordered the 'small brother'. It lives up to my expectations and is superbly enginnered. The delivery service from Orvis has been first-class. Top marks all round!

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Great Reel, Superb Price - 1/2/2012
      By: from Scotland

      This is my third Battenkill reel. The first two still give great service but I was looking for more spare spools to add to my collection. I purchased another 2 spare spools but due to the price I added another reel as well. I cannot fault these reels. The drag system is very flexible. I can play small brown trout through to double figure rainbows and there is still more in the drag. I am a regular fly fisher and have used the reels without fault. They balance my Orvis Trident rods perfectly. The Orvis guarantee is second to none. I highly recommend these reels. I am very pleased with them and for the price, they are excellent value for money.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      High Quality/Low Price - 12/7/2011
      By: from Warminster, PA

      I have owned this reel in the past and looked immediately to Orvis when it came time for a replacement. It's a proven, reliable, quality reel at a low price - perfect for the type of fishing that I do.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Battenkill Disc Drag reel - 12/5/2011
      By: from Minneapolis, MN

      I own This Disc drag 5/6 and another in 7/8. They are a great reel for the $100 price. Easy to clean and lube. Looks like a more expensive reel. Only flaws is that if it is dropped or banged on a rock the spool will bend easily and once out of round will no longer turn. Replacement or extra spools are about 1/2 the price of a new reel, $45 and now you can no longer even order on. Orvis will no longer carry replacement spools so once it bends throw the reel away. Mark

    • 5/5 stars 5/5


    • 1/5 stars 1/5

      disappointing - 11/21/2011
      By: from Norfolk, UK

      First class Orvis service however, there was a damaged screw head caused during assembly, the counter balance on the spool was pitted. If you want a line store, fine, if you want something to treasure dont bother. Not worthy of the Orvis name I'm afraid, I took it back to one of the Orvis shops and swapped it for an Access mid arbor, absolutely no problem in the shop, they couldn't have been more helpful. More money, but satisfying. A great pity

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Drag adjustment - 11/16/2011
      By: from Worcester, MA

      ease of adjusting the drag was surprising. I needed to make an adjustment while landing a fish, all I had to do was use one finger to do.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Great solid reel for the price! - 10/28/2011
      By: from West Newton, Pa

      This is the third one I have purchased. I am now buying them for my grandchildren hope they get a lot of years of great use as I have.

    • 4/5 stars 4/5


    Backing Info

    Battenkill Disc Drag Reel: Backing Capacities
    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Disc Drag 3/4
    20-lb Dacron
    2 7/8"
    4.2 oz.
    35-lb Gel Spun

    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Disc Drag 5/6
    20-lb Dacron
    3 1/8"
    4.7 oz.
    35-lb Gel Spun

    Reel Capacity in Yards
    Disc Drag 7/8
    30-lb Dacron
    3 3/8"
    5.8 oz.
    35-lb Gel Spun

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    • Fly Reel 3/4 (4.2 oz, 2 7/8" diameter, for line weights 3-5)
      (Not Available) $89.00
    • Fly Reel 5/6 (4.7 oz, 3 1/8" diameter, for line weights 5-7)
      (Not Available) $98.00
    • Fly Reel 7/8 (5.8 oz, 3 3/8" diameter, for line weights 7-9)
      (Not Available) $109.00
    • Extra Spool 3/4 (Not Available) $39.00
    • Extra Spool 5/6 (Not Available) $45.00
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