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Old 02-16-2013, 05:12 PM
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Default New Orvis Battenkill clicker

Just saw (in a catalog) a redesigned for 2013 Battenkill with internally adjustable click and pawl drag, machined bar stock aluminum and weighs from 2.8 to 3.2 oz. $98, looks like a contender for light rods. I couldn't find it on the Orvis site yet. Anyone see one in person?
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Default Re: New Orvis Battenkill clicker

No but it sounds good.

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Default Re: New Orvis Battenkill clicker

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Default Re: New Orvis Battenkill clicker

Now that is sweet, If I am understanding correctly the inertia from palming a spinning reel rotates the square to a different position thus increasing tension on the pawl. Neat idea however it works.

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Default Re: New Orvis Battenkill clicker

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Just saw (in a catalog) a redesigned for 2013 Battenkill with internally adjustable click and pawl drag, machined bar stock aluminum and weighs from 2.8 to 3.2 oz. $98, looks like a contender for light rods. I couldn't find it on the Orvis site yet. Anyone see one in person?
It looks like a nice reel. Supposedly ships late March 2013 and available first week of April.

You need a very light or short rod to balance with this light reel.
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Default Re: New Orvis Battenkill clicker

I saw them yesterday at the Orvis booth in a local show. They are elegant and priced right. The spring and pawl mechanism is a little cruder than on the old Battenkills or the Hardy Lightweight models, probably to keep the cost down, but it's better than the old Madisons. The spring posts don't seem to be as solidly riveted to the frame as in the good old days, but only time will tell if that is a technological advance or a long-term durability concern.

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Now that is sweet, If I am understanding correctly the inertia from palming a spinning reel rotates the square to a different position thus increasing tension on the pawl. Neat idea however it works.

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Didn't look that way to me on the one I was playing with. There are several positions to which you can pre-set the "square" for different levels of tension, but it looked as though once you set it, it's stuck there until you pull the spool off and change it again. Basically, the click check provides a certain level of tension, and if you need more drag you use the palming rim. (Which is all you really need for trout. Heck, Lee Wulff even used to catch 20-lb salmon that way.)
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Default Re: New Orvis Battenkill clicker

Talked to Orvis and they tell me that it is manufactured for them in China and Korea. It will be interesting to hear reports form the membership when it sees some water. Good price.
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Considering whare they are manufactured the price seems almost fair enough for me to grab the dinky one for my dinky rods.
It is kind of refreshing to see someone not trying to price them out of the ballpark simply because they wear a certain name.
Hopefully the world-class Orvis guarantee applies to these reels.
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Seems they will be available in early April. VERY tempting!
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Default Re: New Orvis Battenkill clicker

Good to see they brought the Battenkill back in some iteration or another. I really like the styling of the reel. The price point seems to be right in line to compete with a few reels similar to this.

I had read about these in a fishing publication and saw that they got good reviews. The good thing about Orvis reels is that they will service them in the event there is a problem, regardless of how old the reel is. It will be interesting to see how these are received once they are more readily available.
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