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#1 JerriB



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Posted 01 November 2019 - 08:57 PM

Fishing question, if I may. I have credit card points and I would like to get an Orvis Battenkill reel, but the size available is 1-3 wt. If I would put a 4wt line on that, with no backing, do you think it would be okay? Or... I have a 4wt rod, do you think I could go with a 3wt line on that, if I go with a line that is said to load one size larger? It would be for moderate size stream fishing, dries, nymphs, wets, mostly #8-28.


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#2 Norm Frechette

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Posted 02 November 2019 - 01:04 PM

why not get a battenkill II in a 3-5 weight and use the proper amount of backing?

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#3 Alex Hayes

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 04:14 AM

If you can't get the matching weight reel I would say it would be a much better idea to put the 4 wt. line on the 1-3 wt. reel rather than use 3 wt. line on a 4 wt. rod. For the style of fishing you're doing, you probably won't really need much backing anyway. The reel just functions to hold the line as you know, so if you can get it on there it should work fine, but the rod may not cast well if you use a lighter weight line. Hope that's a little helpful!

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 07:59 PM

One other thought...assuming you are using a weight forward line, simply cut 10 feet  or so off the end that attaches to the reel. I've done this more times than I remember.

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#5 Roy McAvoy

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 05:54 AM

Would fit with no backing but rod balance would be less than ideal.