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Leo Moore

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I think these are a new reel for 2017. Orvis Battenkill Disc mid arbor. They look like they're a cousin to the the Battenkill Gear & Pawl. There are two spey sizes, a IV and V. The V is listed at 9.9 ounces and 4 inches in diameter. Backing capacity doesn't seem to be listed on the Orvis site.

Anybody know about these reels?

Poppy, might you be carrying these reels?

Thanks, Leo.

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some info here but may not be what you are thinking of as these do not appear to be mid-arbor?


http://www.tridentflyfishing.com/orvis-battenkill-fly-reel.html?gclid=CNDHx6ak8tICFYlrfgodT9oNDA
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This above link takes you to the c&P reels, not the discs
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I know about them but I won't be stocking them and here's why. The world is full of disk drag reels in many configurations and price points. Why Orvis would come out with a disk drag reel based on the Battenkill when they already have several disk drag reels in various price points is totally beyond me. In my opinion the world doesn't need another generic disk drag reel.

It would be nice if some of the mainstream US reel makers would make a gear and pawl reel with a classic look, not something that looks like it arrived with Capt Kirk on the Enterprise Star Ship, but they seem to believe one needs a high tech drag reel to fish for little trout, panfish, and bass and they are doing their very best to convince the public of the same thing.

With the merging of Abel into Ross and the discontinuing of the TR series reels the only classic gear and pawl reel left that I can find in a medium/higher price point is the Orvis CFO.

A sad state of affairs in my view.

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This above link takes you to the c&P reels, not the discs

Just looked Orvis site and it looks like the arbor is some larger than on the C&P reels. But still likely to hold a lot of backing.
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off point but in line with Poppy's post - in the last couple of years I have been able to stock up on a number of original SA Systems in 7, 8, 9 and 10. Also found a couple of great trout model cfo's. Had 3 of mine stolen maybe 15 years ago which made me a might angry and very sad!!!
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It was the weight that caught my eye more than anything. There doesn't seem to be much out there in the low end of mid range price, in a reel 10.5 to 11.5 ounces.
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Another example of reel manufacturers not publishing the amount of volume available and spool dimensions for an empty spool. Refer to my post of 30 November 2016 for a possible use of published spool volumes with reel spool data. It is quite easy to estimate the volume of backing and spey lines and apply it to a published spool geometry. This information is critical for large arbor spools and the question of how much backing will the spool hold.

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I think the reel manufacturers don't publish that info because they think it is (or should be) available from the fly tackle professional of your choice that sells that brand and model reel.

I'm not saying this a the right thinking on the reel manufacturers part I'm just saying I believe that is the case.

There is a myriad number of backing brands and diameters, and many different ideas about what counts as a properly filled reel, all of which complicates the whole process even more.

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I have one of these reels in a #5 model. I wouldn't call it a real mid arbor but it isn't a skinny arbor either. I'm spooling mine up for a Gaelforce demo line and I'm thinking at least 150yds of 30# Dacron with a full 54' integrated Spey line. The reel is also silent in and out.
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I just got my Battenkill disc V the other day... (Orvis claims 200 yards of 30# with a WF-9.) The spool is about one inch deep by one and a quarter inches wide FWIW. I spooled mine up with 100 yards of 30# dacron, a 30# ridge running line, and an 8/9 Rio AFS scandi head. There is still oodles of room on the reel, and I bet I could get another 100 yards on there. I think (within reason) you could spool up about any line you cared to on it.

As with the gear and pawl reels, this is extremely well made and very smooth. I'll admit a large part of the attraction for me is the simple "old school" good looks, generic or not. The drag is plenty smooth and ridiculously strong. Far more braking power than you'd ever realistically need, even for bonefish... It's complete overkill for steelhead. The drag knob has nice positive indents and stays put.  There is a soft click both in and out that's not too annoying, but it's a simple procedure to disable it and make it silent which is an excellent feature.

It's a smidge heavier than the gear and pawl reel, (whether that is good or bad I'll leave to you...) It balances my 8130 Loop Multi and my 9132 Loop Opti to perfection.

The best reel I've run across in quite a number of years.

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