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 gamefishfrom 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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Guide Pick: The Battenkill Large Arbor Big Game Reel
Bulletproof. The new Battenkill Large Arbor Big Game Reel is phenomenal, one of the finest reels you've ever made. My clients have caught more than 200 kings and 100 steelhead on this reel—in rain, sleet and snow. As a guide, I want a reel that performs flawlessly, even in ice and snow. This is it. Simply bulletproof.
The new Battenkill Large Arbor Reel Series combines the great attributes of all Battenkill reels - unparalleled value and dependability - in an innovative, lightweight, large arbor design. In saltwater or fresh, in line weights one through thirteen, the new Battenkill Large Arbor gives the angler more advantages for the money than any other reel on the market today.
The Battenkill Large Arbor Trout Reel
The Battenkill Large Arbor Big Game Reel
Features and Benefits of the New Battenkill Large Arbor Series
Machined Construction: Like the Vortex VO2 and the Battenkill Mid-Arbor, the new Battenkill Large Arbor is machined from solid bar-stock, aerospace grade 6061-T6 aluminum
6061-T6 material is the highest quality bar-stock on the market, providing the finest precision and finishing possible.
Machined parts are significantly stronger and more durable than cast parts.
More precise fit of parts with more exacting tolerances.
A cast spool is a press fit, two-part assembly, whereas a machined spool is a single piece of bar stock. This results in a more durable, precise, aesthetically pleasing component with no fit parts to loosen over time.
Large Arbor Design: The new Battenkill Large Arbor was designed as a true large arbor reel—not a redesign of a traditional arbor reel. Like the Vortex VO2, Battenkill Large Arbor was designed with the idea that there would never be more than a 30% reduction in pick-up rate from a full spool to an empty spool.
Less change in spool diameter as a running fish takes line means the drag setting stays consistent.
Battenkill Large Arbor III picks up 7 feet of line per 10 revolutions as opposed to other competitive large arbors that average 6 feet or less.
Ability to get fish on the reel faster.
Faster line pick-up reduces chance of slack line tangling, in both boat and wade fishing.
Line comes off the reel in larger coils, preventing tangles and reducing line memory.
Dramatically Improved Center Pull Drag System: The drag system on the new Battenkill Large Arbor is a solid improvement over the older off-set models in smoothness, consistency and reliability.
The Battenkill Large Arbor Trout models feature a smooth and reliable carbon and stainless center disc drag with one-way roller bearing and a super light aluminum bushing that keeps the weight of the reel low so it balances well with today’s ultra lightweight fly rods.
The Battenkill Large Arbor Saltwater models feature the same carbon and stainless drag with a center bearing that makes the drag impervious to salt and sand and prevents wear and corrosion in a tough environment.
Both drag systems are smooth and reliable and coupled with the large arbor design offer a vastly reduced inertial startup from line in to line out that protects leaders and prevents break-offs when fish turn and decide to run.
The drag is infinitely and quickly adjusted by using the positive click and numbered drag knob.
The drag can easily be reset back to the drag you prefer while casting and fishing and then reset during a fight with a big fish if necessary.
The Orvis 100% Satistfaction Guarantee
The New Battenkill Large Arbor Reels are covered by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. We will refund your money on any purchase that isn't 100% satisfactory -- any time, for any reason. It's that simple.