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    Default Orvis BBS: China and UK Not Same...

    Okay...If you've been following my other BBS threads, this will come as no
    surprise. The first 3 BBS reels I bought were made in China, and I bought
    a Made in UK BBS a few nights ago. There are some notable difference in both
    the boxes, instructions, and build quality.

    The UK box is a tan color, and does not have the line size indications that the
    greenish-yellow Made in China box has. The instructions indicate that the
    UK and MIC reels do not weigh the same.

    UK ............. ................................... .......................... China
    BBS II, 3.6oz 2.75" .............. .................................. BBS II, 3.5oz 2.75"
    BBS III, 3.75oz 3.00" ............................................ BBS III, 3.9oz 3.00"
    BBS IV 4.25oz 3.25" ................................................. BBS IV 4.5oz 3 3/8"

    As noted earlier in another thread, the spool of the UK BBS makes a crisp
    ching sound wen struck. The MiC BBS does not. The line guard radius of
    the UK reel is perfect; the MiC radius is nice, but not perfect. The ching would seem to indicate that the alloy is not exactly the same, but I
    still like the MiC reels.

    The line capacity chart in the Made in UK instructions are the only indication
    of a line wt recommendation in the package. The UK BBS III has line capacity
    listed for 3-6wt lines, and the BBS IV lists capacity for 6-8wt lines. That would seem a bit more reasonable to my thinking, and the idead that anyone
    would put a 7wt line on a BBS III seems ridiculous.

    EDIT: YO! If the size difference between the UK and MiC BBS IV is correct, I'll have a tough time finding new spools for
    the UK BBS IV I just bought !

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    Default Re: Orvis BBS: China and UK Not Same...

    I just called Orvis, and the rep told me that the MiC spools do fit the Make
    in UK BBS IV, eventhough they list different diameters....????

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