I bought myself a Battenkill LA VI for Xmas to use with a Windcutter 678 floating line. Does anyone have an idea of how much backing the reel will hold with that line? Thanks in advance for your help and Happy New Year to all.
I bought that reel to go with my 7136. I asked Orvis to send me 200 yards of their thinner diameter backing. Typical Orvis, they sent the backing on a spool and not on the reel.
The reel would not handle the WC 678 and 200 yards of backing. I had to cut the backing back a couple of times.
When I bought my MS 67 dry line, I ordered a spare spool and put on my own backing. Two hundred yards of 30# micron went on, and the MS fit but was a little tight. So I cut off about 10 yards, and it is a good fit.
That is a really great LA reel. I will be buying the next size up to balance my 7141 as it is a little light for the 7141. I think that it retrieves more line per rotation than my Loop 4.
I called Orvis to see whether they had any idea of what the backing capacity would be with a RIO 678 Windcutter. The fellow with whom I spoke did not know what the "Windcutter" was. When I told him it was similar to a spey line, for what it is worth, he opined that the Battenkill LA VI would take about 125 yards of 30 lb. backing with that line.
I have decided to take the line into the local orvis store and have them run things on using their machine -- flyline first -- to get a proper fit.
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