Orvis Battenkill Disc Drag Fly Fishing Reel


  • Mid-arbor design
  • Technically superior sealed-drag based on the Hydros SL
  • Ported jewel finish
  • Battle-tested performance, remarkably accessible price



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There has been a long and historically successful line of Battenkill reels through Orvis history. Simple, trouble free, and easily accessible in price-the ultimate in function and simplicity throughout the years. Welcome to the powerful, technologically advanced, and yet still accessible new generation of Battenkill reels. This latest Battenkill Disc version is true to its heritage in looks and performance, but updated with the latest in design improvements and a significantly more powerful drag. The porting and finish pay unmistakable homage to the Battenkills of the past, but this reel incorporates our best-selling mid-arbor design. Underneath that mid arbor is the same sealed drag system found in the Hydros SL incorporating six interacting carbon and stainless drag surfaces. Positive click drag is simple and easy to adjust. The reel is built of 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum with an ergonomic Delrin handle and changing from left to right hand retrieve is simple. In black nickel. Imported.

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  • Item Weight: 0.16 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 0.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

I love this reel! I bought it to replace a large arbor reel that did not balance well with my 8 ft 5 weight rod. The quality is outstanding. I love the fact that you can order additional reel spools at a reasonable price. That will be my next purchase. Drag is excellent. I was going to purchase the less expensive version till I read review about the drag. That was a very good decision. It may cost 60 dollars more, but when you consider that this reel will last a lifetime it is a very good investment.

What I like: Very smooth and light

What I do not like: It is difficult to adjust the brake while fighting a fish. It is a nice looking reel but I preffer the reels a little darker to avoid spooking fish at short range (Euro Nymphing) This is quite shiny.

I was worried about the “memory” in the line for not having a large arbor. So far not even waves in my line, and I have a beautiful compact reel. Love the quality. Definitely feels like it will last for many years to come.

Great product at first then I started having trouble with it waiting for orvis to call me back to hopefully get it repaired definitely big let down for the price

Simple, beautiful, classic. What else can you say? Performs well. Very smooth wind. Drag has good resolution. Love the medium arbor for creek and small river fishing.


Great real for heavier fish.

I haven't fished with the reel yet as I only received it two days ago but it appears to be well made. Nice and compact. Complements my new glass rod well.

Great reel. Oozes quality. Perfect in use. Highly recommended