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Gary, I had the same problem...I thought the line as getting caught but it wasn't. If you strip line perpendicular to the reel (eg adding line while false casting) there is a bracket that gets a groove worn in the soft metal by the line...it could be very tiny but it will have the edge of a razor. I went throught three lines in a month before I figured it out. My fly shop guys know this is a problem, Orvis knows this is a problem but they have not addressed it. By the way, they replaced the bracket an line...eventually. I have 3 Orvis battenkills but I'll never buy another one...there are much better for the price. :TSKTSK
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