Battenkill Bar Stock Spool

Traditionally-sized lightweight fly reels at a great price.

Details

The Orvis Battenkill Bar Stock Fly Fishing Reels are the best "value for the price" fly fishing reel series on the market today. The five strong, lightweight fly fishing reels in this series are machined of aircraft grade 6262-T6 aluminum to tolerances that are much higher than the older die-cast aluminum fly reels. The drag system is an infinitely adjustable off-set disc drag system that has been an Orvis standard for reliability and strength for decades. Remarkably lightweight, these traditionally-sized fly reels balance beautifully with the new lightweight rods in both fresh and light saltwater sizes and will last a lifetime with little maintenance. Fly fishing reels in black, titanium. Imported.


Reel Manual

Reviews

Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 174 reviews

5-star:
143
4-star:
22
3-star:
2
2-star:
6
1-star:
1

168 of 174 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    The best is gone - 3/27/2014
    By: from Ledbetter, Texas

    Orvis had a real winner in the Battenkill Bar Stock reel. I am fortunate to have bought many of them and believe them to be the best reels I have. Top quality for a most reasonable price. I have never had one minute's problem with any of them. Why would Orvis stop selling this marvelous reel? So many faithful followers left high and dry with no extra spools available anymore, let alone the great reel itself. When Orvis discontinued selling my favorite reel, I took all my business elsewhere. Have not bought anything from Orvis since.

  • 1/5

    Disappointed - 11/27/2013
    By: from Cape Cod

    I received the BBS III as a birthday present in March of 2013 and I wanted to get a spare spool only to find that the reel as well as the spools are no longer. It is extremely poor service to sell a product that can not be supported 9 months later. Rating 1 star only to get review of product to process. At this point it would be meaningless to rate the reel. If I can return the reel for a full refund then I will give your customer service a 5 stars.

  • 5/5

    A sad departure - 11/11/2013
    By: from County Durham, England

    It would seem that Orvis have now discontinued the Battenkill Bar Stock reel, and I count myself fortunate in acquiring an extra spool for the reels that I have. I find it odd that such a very good reel should leave the catalogue. Simply the best reel for small stream fishing, beautifully engineered and a joy to use, ours not to reason why. Get one while you still can!

  • 2/5

    Quality fine, color beware - 11/4/2013
    By: from Chicago, IL
    Top 50 Contributor

    The anodizing color varied on these in some years. The titanium color variation was described by Orvis employees as "green ones" and "grey ones". Just make sure you're okay with color variations amongst lots.

  • 5/5

    Really Reliable reel - 8/30/2013
    By:

    I love the ease with this reel. As far as I know this has been a reliable reel from orvis for sometime. Few moving parts - easy reel to re-spool. Also very forgiving if its dropped.

  • 5/5

    Tech Support - 8/28/2013
    By: from Southern New Jersey
    Top 1000 Contributor

    I purchased two BBS Fly Reel V's in the titanium finish for mid-Atlantic surf fishing. "Chris" in Tech Support was great in assisting me in locating the reels thru the last of the inventory. Thanks Orvis, your customer service is exceptional.

  • 5/5

    BBS reels - 8/22/2013
    By: from Florida

    I received a BBS IV as a gift a few years ago. Its light weight and solid drag quickly made this my favorite reel. I enjoyed it so much, I have since purchased the BBS I, II, III and extra spools for each (except III). My only regret is that I did not get the extra spool for the size III as they are no longer available. These reels are truly quality at any price.

  • 5/5

    Met my expectations - 8/20/2013
    By: from MA

    Much lighter compared to my previous reels, very clean action and smooth drag. Just need more time on the water.

  • 5/5

    Nice Reel - 8/19/2013
    By: from Richmond, Va

    This is my second Battenkill Bar Stock Reel and they are excellant reels for the money. I have caught Brook and Rainbow Trout on my BBS II and I'm looking forward to using the BBS III for Smallmouth.

  • 5/5

    Great reel, great price - 8/13/2013
    By: from New Jersey

    If you're looking for a great looking reel to hold your line, this is it. Drag is also very smooth and dependable.

Backing Info

Battenkill Bar Stock Reel: Backing Capacities
Model
Line
Backing
Reel Capacity in Yards
Dia.
Weight
BBS I 
1-3
20-lb Dacron
WF1F: 100
WF2F: 75
WF3F: 50
2 1/2"
3.2 oz.

Model
Line
Backing
Reel Capacity in Yards
Dia.
Weight
BBS II 
3-5
20-lb Dacron
WF3F: 125
WF4F:100
WF5F: 75
2 3/4"
3.5 oz.

Model
Line
Backing
Reel Capacity in Yards
Dia.
Weight
BBS III 
5-7
20-lb Dacron
WF5F: 125
WF6F: 100
WF7F: 75
3"
3.9 oz.

Model
Line
Backing
Reel Capacity in Yards
Dia.
Weight
BBS IV 
7-9
30-lb Dacron
WF7F: 150
WF8F: 125
WF9F: 100
3 3/8"
4.5 oz.

Model
Line
Backing
Reel Capacity in Yards
Dia.
Weight
BBS V 
9-11
30-lb Dacron
WF9F:200
WF10F:175
WF11F:150
3 5/8"
5 oz.
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