Battenkill I for line weights 1-3, 2.8 oz., 2¾" diameter. Battenkill II for line weights 3-5, 2.9 oz., 3" diameter. Battenkill III for line weights 5-7, 3.2 oz., 3¼" diameter. Battenkill IV for line weights 7-9, 8.5 oz., 3¾" diameter. Battenkill V for line weights 9-11, 9.5 oz., 4" diameter.
Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 119 reviews
114 of 119 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Looks good -
Looks good, feels right, and I can't wait to take it for a spin!
By: nickoliak from michigan
I've never owned an orvis product in my life. Never. But sitting on the table when I got home was a brand new battenkill IV loaded for steel. I humored the woman and threw it on a 9'6 8wt and said when I got back we can send the pieces back together. I fished it. I caught some really nice steelhead. A few big ones. The reel preformed and I'm sitting here with egg on my face. It went through the paces and came out the other side none to worse for the wear. I'm actually pretty impressed.
A Great Reel -
By: swimcoach from Houston, TX
Top 100 Contributor
I have two of these reels. A Battenkill II and a III. I love the classic look, and how it performs. It's a simple reel that does its job very well. This is certainly the reel I would recommend.
High quality construction -
By: Sicard from Michigan
High quality construction, however the Battenkill 2 does not have 75 yard capacity of 20 lb backing with a DT4 Rio line, more like 25 or 30 yards. Great reel other wise, woul d not recommend for anything larger that a 4 weight.
Great little reel -
By: flyguy139 from nwpa
I recently bought a new, lighter 5wt 8.6ft rod for Trout and pan fish when I'm in my float tube. I wanted a smaller,simple reel and the Battenkill lll was exactly what I was looking for. It's the simplest reel out there I think but that's what I wanted. It looks great on the rod and feels very well made being all metal construction. I haven't had it out on the waters yet but can't wait. I spooled it with some Orvis 5wt Trout line and should be an awesome set up.
good starter reel -
I recommend this reel to others, especially those just starting out in fly fishing.
Cheap but not cheapo -
By: Woodturtle from Warwick, MA
Having just bought a sweet little Thomas & Thomas 3 wt, I needed a small reel. I don't believe in spending a ton on reels for little trout, but I didn't want to uglify my beautiful high-end rod with a cheesy reel. The Battenkill I was right--cheap, light, simple, looks good, feels good....and it gives me a place to put the line, which is all it needs to do.
gem of a reel -
By: grunters from Colorado
This little Battenkill II fly reel is a perfect match for my 7'6" rod. A real pleasure to fish. The classic old school style looks just right to my eye. The click pawl just has to be heard to be appreciated- it is just that sweet. The internally adjusted ONLY 4 position click pawl drag mechanism is tough and simple. I really like it. I prefer the light drag setting. You guys balances your short light sticks. The reel foot is small and fits light rod seats, where a Battenkill disc will not. Be aware the Battenkill II click pawl reel is 3" in diameter and narrow. As such take notice that if you fish DT lines as I do, a DT4 will completely fill the spool. That hasn't been a problem for me. If you fish a WF line the chart is probably accurate about backing capacity. I don't fish WF lines so that is only a guess. This reel is fun to use. I highly recommend buying one. You won't be disappointed.
Best, Simplest Fly Reel -
By: Todd32311 from Tallahassee, FL
I like my fly fishing to be simple and clean. The Battenkill reel fits this style. I have used Battenkill reels for over eight years now and have been very impressed with their performance, reliability and function. Not to mention their price. A great fly fishing reel!