Re: Does ORVIS usually have any decent off-season sales?
I have a Battenkill Barstock III and a II and they work great. A google search showed the Bass Pro shop as having a good price. You can get as good quality for a lessor price, but the resale on Orvis stuff might be better. If you can spare the cash go for it. My first reel was by Okuma and it worked great!
Sometimes Orvis sends out a $25 off coupon (with a purchase of $50 or more) that is quite a deal - I've used it to by flies and accessories only.
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