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 114 reviews
109 of 114 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
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!
Great Reel -
I bought the Battenkill II for my 3wt and I absolutely love it. It is super light, almost too light, which is why I opted for the BKII over the BKI. the click drag is perfect for small streams and even up to good sized bass. My only complaint is how loud the click is, but that really is just a personal quirk. I would definitely recommend this reel to anyone.
Simple & perfect.. -
I purchased the I &II for both my 3wt and 4wt rods. I loaded the I reel with 12lb backing and 2wt fly line for those light flies and small streams, much to my surprise I hooked into about a 15 inch brown and found once on the reel, it handle the fish flawlessly. Fly fishing at it's simplest.
Nice design and engineering -
By: CMTrunick from Western PA and Colorado
My first larger arbor reel. Nice engineering and mechanical precision. Can't wait to experience its performance with a trout on the line. I purchased at the same time an extra spool for quick change out for changing wind and fishing conditions.
Light as it gets -
By: Happyfisherman6 from N Ireland
This reel is just so light that when it arrived in the post I thought I had ordered the wrong reel.Well happily I had not.It's a perfect little reel that looks great and works really well.I love the simplicity of how the drag system works and on the lowest setting a 3/4lb trout feels like a monster.Top marks ORVIS.
Classic reel -
By: Ralph6 from east coaast
Just recieved my Batternkill II reel with 4 wieght line pre-installed. Looks and feels great for a reasonable priced reel. Will be perfect for my 7" bamboo.