The big push for Orvis this year is going to focus on two reel models and a line of accessories. We are most intrigued about the American-made reboot of its Mirage reel. This one is going to sell for $649 for a size 5, but it’s going to feature a number of Cadillac design elements that warrant that price. Examples: 330-degree drag adjustment with 27 detents (easy to access and operate, using a patent-pending ball-and-ramp design; Type III military-spec. anodization (the best level available for scratch and corrosion resistance; and hardened steel clickers and plate. This one is going to be bombproof.
On the other end of the pricing spectrum, Orvis is launching a new model under the familiar Battenkill Disc Reel name, bargain priced at $139 for a size III. Orvis will also be launching their own branded aluminum snips for $79, and pliers for $189.