Battenkill Large Arbor Reels

The fly fishing reel of choice for any hard-fighting gamefish


Our Battenkill Large Arbor reel series is machined from 6061 aircraft barstock. This is the best value, high-performance large arbor fly reel anywhere. Your fly reel of choice when fishing any hard-fighting gamefish—from trout and panfish to bones and reds on the flats, snook under the lights, and stripers in the surf to steelhead and salmon in the harshest freshwater fly fishing conditions. Plus, with backing capacities to handle any spey-fishing situation, this fly reel's smooth, strong, proven drag and fast retrieve rates help control and land big fish more quickly and effectively. The Battenkill Large Arbor Reel is available in black, titanium.

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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 85 reviews


82 of 85 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Excellent Quality - 4/10/2012
    By: from Ont, Canada

    I ordered this reel online a few weeks back and was delighted to see that it was shipped rather quickly. The box was in perfect shape, even though it was shipped to Canada. I am very happy with the quality of the product and the great look, which can be important to some down at the river. The price made it easy to afford a great reel, and it looks to be more expensive than the actual price.

  • 5/5

    Fine Product & deal - 3/17/2012
    By: from Long Island, New York

    Needed a LA for a new TH 11' Beach Rod. The indexed, easy to adjust, large disc drag is wonderful to handle. Spey was a piece of cake with this combo. Will move to the Hydro later. But for now.....One heck of a reel and super deal. Thanks Orvis.

  • 4/5


  • 5/5

    maiden trip on christmas island - 3/8/2012

    bought this as a back up reel with extra spool for a bonefish and trevally trip to Christmas Island. The improved drag system performed perfectly on some very large 50lb plus trevally, pulling hundreds of yards of backing of the reel at an alarming pace. Got home and dunked the reel in fresh water, cleaned it in less than five minutes and its ready to go. Shame they stopped making this reel, but that;s why i bought spare spools for it at the sale price. Highly recommemded

  • 4/5

    Great Reel - 3/6/2012
    By: from Beaufort, SC

    This is a great reel, I have several including both the older model which had a so so drag an the most recent models. The more recent models have much better drags. I'm sorry they are taking it out of the like. My current purchase is a gift to my grandson.

  • 5/5

    Greatest Purchase ever - 3/1/2012
    By: from Cassville, Mo.

    Purchased this reel for a 2 wt rod that I just had built and it is fantastic lives up to all my expectations. It is the second Battenkill reel I have Purchased and for the money can't beat it.

  • 5/5

    Had to have another - 2/29/2012
    By: from Oklahoma - in between mountains and coast.

    Purchased a Battenkill Large Arbor size II for a four weight Hydros rod and liked it so much, I just had to purchase a size VI for an upcoming tarpon trip. Great reel.

  • 5/5

    Large Arbor Reel - 2/29/2012

    Works great. Easy to retrieve a lot of line taken out by bone fish.

  • 5/5

    The Best - 2/21/2012
    By: from Sagamore Beach, Ma.

    I bought a reel from one of your competitors for less money. I took it to Costa Rica to go fishing and it fell apart and was unfixable. I learned - Buy the right reel from the company that has a history of fly fishing . I know this reel won't fail, I cast it and can really tell I have a quality product. I own several of your reels. Thank you

  • 5/5

    Great reel - 2/20/2012

    I have a Battenkill Large Arbor Reel for my Helios 6 wt. and love it. The new purchase is for a Superfine 1 wt. Bought a extra spool which I will use on my 3 wt. Love the finish, size and weight. Great reel.

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