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Gene Larson

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Had a nice surprise when I opened the mail box this morning.  I had a package from the Red Shed and my new Batt V was in it.  I was on my way out of town, but naturally, I had to take time to open it and take a look.  I was very happy with what I saw.  Hopefully, tomorrow or Sunday afternoon, I get a chance to cinch it to a rod and see how well it balances.  For those wondering, I'd say it is almost identical to the Marquis 2 in terms of capacity and weight.  The check seemed very strong and it is not adjustable.  We'll have to see how that works out.  But for half the bucks, it appears to be quite the same reel as the M 2.  
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The check is adjustable by turning the square pawl that is against the spring. 
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Thanks, Poppy for the clarification.  My look was a fast one and my statement was based on the lack of any external adjustment feature that is part of the Marquis series. 
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Looking forward to your review of this reel.
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I am getting ready to build up a sage 8113-3 and do think I will have to put the 4" reel on it. Poppy if you will have one at the Expo in March I will trade you some $$$ for the reel  
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Handled the Orvis Battenkill Click Pawl Switch Spey reels today at the Red Shed. They both look really good and felt good too. For the money, these reels will make their mark with the Click Pawl circle, and I am impressed how solid they are. Orvis has a winner here.

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Here are my observations related to the Battenkill V--

1.  Fit and finish are very nice
2.  With the same line, the reel is .8 of an ounce lighter than the Hardy Marquis 2.  The only variable is the amount of backing on the two reels and the Marquis may have 50 yards more so the weight difference may be null.
3.  I bought the reel to use either on a Beulah Platinum 1327 or 1248.  I think it will have to go on the 1327 as it wasn't quite heavy enough for the shorter rod.  
4.  I do have a concern regarding the check adjustment.  As noted earlier in this thread, the adjustment can only be made by removing the spool, nothing can be done while fighting a fish.  As line is played off the spool, the drag increases.  That happens on all reels.  But, even with the check set on its lightest position, when 50 or more yards of backing are off the reel, the amount of force it takes to pull additional line from the reel is substantial.  This may lessen as the reel is used, but I wonder.  When the fish of a lifetime is on the other end of the line, I hope this reel will give enough protection to the tippet.  Any thoughts?  
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As with all gear and pawl reels, the check is to prevent overrun, not apply drag. Use the rod and your hand on the spool.
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You are missing my point, the overrun protection may be too good.  If it puts so much pressure on the spool, the tippet might not be able to deal with it.  I know how to stop the fish, but if I can't let it go when I need to, there is a problem.  
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That's one insanely strong check if it can bust 10-12lb tippet. If you have 50 yards of backing off the reel, there is quite a bit of line receiving drag from the river anyway. 
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I don't have an easy way to check the actual pull it takes to overcome the check.  Let me just say, I've never owned a reel with a check as strong as this one and it is on the lightest setting.  The heaviest setting on a Hardy Marquis and the lightest setting on the Orvis are about equivalent, with the Hardy still being lighter.  And, I agree that with 40 or 50 yards of line outside the tip, there is a lot of drag already on the tippet.  It just struck me strange that the check would be as strong as it is.  

My comments about the check are among my observations about the Battenkill V.  All things together, I would say it is a very fine reel and at the price point, should cause a lot of us to take a hard look at it.
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 Hi, Gene. Check the orientation of the powel it should ride on the sprocket. It mayby set for different hand retrive. If there are two cams only one must be set another turn around flat against the spring.
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I agree with Gene entirely.
Even though I was not in the market for a new clicker (I was after bigger game) I really wanted to see these up close. They are solidly built. I was happy to see that especially since I always considered the small size Battenkills to be flimsy. But, the most obvious thing to me was the strength of the check. Very strong and what I would consider almost too strong especially for a rim control reel with no outside adjustment.
All in all though very nicely done Orvis and at a great price.

Michael
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Hi. Gene Is you reel from old Mark series or disc drag or some new Batt the Orvis marketing now?Too many Battenkills in my time!
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It is the newest one out.  See Poppy's website for a picture.
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