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Old 03-03-2010, 08:51 PM
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Default Orvis Battenkill or Lamson Guru?

I'm in the market for a new steelhead reel, I'm torn between and Orvis Battenkill and a Lamson Guru.
I may be opening a can of worms but I'm interested in everyones opinion.
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Default Re: Orvis Battenkill or Lamson Guru?

Guru was voted Field and Streams reel of the year. I don't own any Lamsons currently but they do have several that catch my eye.
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Default Re: Orvis Battenkill or Lamson Guru?

Which Battenkill? There are four different Battenkill models.
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Default Re: Orvis Battenkill or Lamson Guru?

IMO the Lamson's sealed drag would be better in cold temps when freezing might be an issue. I have 3 Lamson reels and have had zero problems in cold weather. Two of them are on steelhead setups & here in Ohio we fish steel when temps are below freezing. Assuming the rivers aren't frozen.........which it seems they'll never be again.
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Default Re: Orvis Battenkill or Lamson Guru?

Have you picked both of them up and felt them? I've never touched the Lamson, but I've laid hands on all the Orvis reels. I like the Battenkill Large arbor, but the other battenkill offerings leave me a little unimpressed.

I would be more interested in the Lamson from the standpoint of having picked up and messed around with their other reels. Not to mention they were designed, machined and assembled by a red-blooded, God-Fearing American man or woman. For me, that is a big deal.

Personally, I have a Nautilus FW7+ on the way. I'm going to see how that works.
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