01-05-2009, 08:18 PM
Re: Which standard reel?
I have several Orvis BBS III and IV reels, and love them. Orvis is giving a free
spool with the purchase of a BBS or Mid-Arbor reel for the month of January.
I use the BBS III's for 4 and 5wt lines, and the IV for 6wt's. Orvis's claim
that the BBS III weighs 3.9oz was confirmed by my very accurate digital
scale. It will hold 100 yards of 20lb backing, and a 5wt WF line easily. The
CFO's look very nice, but weigh a bit more. Also, the CFO looks like it doesn't
hold much backing. The local Orvis dealer uses CFO's, but he said the new
design is paper thin, and they aren't as durable as the originals. He said
they don't fare well when dropped on a hard surface, but otherwise.....