Thanks MrTrout. The reel was hard to beat for the price. I couldn't find another reel in that weight class that would hold a decent amount of backing and a 3wt line for less than $150. I like the styling of the BBS as well. I, too, would LOVE to see that reel in a Winston Green.
This page has been filled with nice reels, those Abels are gorgeous, but I must make my humble contribution to the thread. A brand new Orvis Battenkill Bar Stock II fly reel arrived today. I really wanted a Galvan Brookie, or a Hardy Lightweight, but it I liked this reel a lot and buying it for $100 meant I can get fly line sooner and get fishing.
It is on my Winston BIIt 8' 3wt. I think the nickel silver reel seat compliments the finish on the reel nicely.
Classic setup, great color choice. It will serve you well for years. Not to mention Orvis will take great care of you should you need them. Congrats on your purchase.
Originally Posted by Mrtrout
A classic reel newby, it'll never go out of fashion, and will fish well for years.
Fitted on a great rod as well, I adore my B11t, just a shame they don't make the BBS in Winston green.
Great minds Mrtrout! Also agree-- a BBS in Winston Green would be killer. The closest I've seen other than the obvious Perfect would be an Abel in Deep Green.
A brand new Orvis Battenkill Bar Stock II fly reel arrived today.
That is a fine reel Newby and one I fished for many years. You'll see my BBS in the lower left in this picture of some of my reels.
I passed this reel to my nephew, who now is making fine use of it and keeping it fishy for many years to come. My nephew's is an English made one and I've not held the new ones but one thing about Orvis, if anything every happens to that reel, they'll repair it forever. You really can not beat that.
Congrats for the addition. It looks most excellent on that green stick.
So this is why I do not shop, went into the local fly shop to pick up some new fly line (Mastery Textured) and picked up some flies made by them. Left with a new Hardy 4000DD black edition, sweet part was he put the line on for me which I knew he would but gave me 15 flies for free, which I thought was awesome. So I will definitely be using that shop again, I usually am an in and out person at this store, but stuck around and talked to the guy for a bit, so while pricing may not be as cheap as online sometimes, it will be nice knowing I am supporting guys like him.
The black edition is so sexy, and since I love Hardy. I originally wanted the plain one, but I like this black one.