I am sure all of you are familiar with the Orvis Battenkill fly reels. I have been searching for the Battenkill II Reel for some time at a decent price. Well I found the reel the other day on Ebay for the unbelievable price of 65.00 used, regular price 145.00 plus tax. Just goes to show if one has patience when shopping for fly fishing equipment, good things will follow. I bought the fly rod that I was going to used with the reel some months back, when Cabelas had a clearance on their Redington Trout Classic fly rods for 75.00, regular price at 150.00.
With this 5 wt reel/rod combo I’m ready now for those 14” to 15” rainbows on the tailrace and some huge bluegills on the lake.
The Poudre Canyon Special & Yankee Smelt by Alan at Small Stream Reflections --Alan does a fantastic job creating fly patterns that he has tied. I gave my son these streamers for Christmas and he had all four streamers framed.
The Brown & Grizzly with the Red Baron both by Alan--Sorry for the distorted frame size in the image; I have big time trouble keep glare out of the picture when shooting anything that has glass in it--any suggestions how to avoid that? Many thanks to Alan for tying these great streamers--my son has a special place on the wall for them.
Made my first trip out yesterday fishing this 10 acre pond with the microlight 7 1/2 ft. using the crappie curly tail searching for crappie, instead landed numbers of small bass and numbers of bluegills--zero crappie --this bluegill will not count on my quest, it wasn't taken with fly rod. This is the area that has the 30 acre lake stocked with Tigerbass and Coppernose, that is another post in the future