Encounter 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod Outfit

An all-around affordable fly rod ideal as a first time rod or backup option.


Instead of the term “entry level,” we prefer to describe our new Encounter rod outfits as “affordable awesomeness.” Built for the hardcore angler, yet priced with frugality in mind, the Encounter rod series combines state-of-the-art rod design with a smooth, crisp performance—packaged with a large arbor Encounter reel, weight-forward floating line, backing, and leader. The 8'6" 5-weight is the best all around freshwater rod for trout and light bass fishing it is considered to be the perfect first rod for any fly angler. Small streams, big rivers, or ponds and lakes, this new 8'6" 5-weight Encounter rod outfit is the perfect answer to the question, "What's the first rod I should buy?".
The Encounter series rods are exempt from our standard 25-year guarantee, but do come with a limited warranty against defects in the original workmanship. If, by any means, the rod is deemed defective by our Rod Shop, Orvis will be happy to replace it.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 35 reviews


34 of 35 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

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  • 5/5

    Encounter 5-Weight - 8/28/2014
    By: from Northern New Jersey

    I am brand new to fly fishing, and so far this is the perfect starter gear. Well prepared and packaged. I did not have to worrying about working up a new line on a reel, since I am new at this. I took the rod and reel out to my local river, tied on a fly and had some fun!

  • 4/5

    Very nice rod & reel - 7/26/2014
    By: from NY

    I am a beginner so I don't know a whole lot about fly fishing equipment. But this outfit works well for me. The only complaint I have is that the case doesn't have a spot for the reel so you have to disassemble every time. Although there is a nice little bag to keep the reel in and rod case seems very sturdy. All in all, I'm happy with my purchase.

  • 4/5

    Good Starter Rod - 7/21/2014
    By: from Green River, WY

    Love that the encounter provides full outfit for the beginner fisherman/woman! I've used three times since purchasing and have had no concerns. Will keep this rod and reel in my collection for a long time.

  • 5/5

    Great Rod & Reel Combo - 7/15/2014
    By: from Oregon

    For a starting combo this can't be beat. For the money its well made. If my son continues to fly fish he should get a lot of use out of this combo and then can move on as he gets better.

  • 5/5

    Great package for an entry level price. - 7/12/2014
    By: from El Paso, TX

    I bought this setup for my wife who I I knew would love fishing if given an opportunity. Took her to try out the rod in a small stream in Taos. The rod handled very well as compared to my Clearwater 7 piece. She's now takes pride in her gift and we look forward to many new adventures together.

  • 5/5

    Great first Fly outfit - 6/11/2014
    By: from austin, tx

    Bought this as my first fly outfit. I didn't want to break the bank not knowing if i'd like it or not. The rod is a really great value and the reel will work perfectly for what i want to use it for. This is the best rod/reel combo for the money that i found, easy.

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  • 5/5

    Great combo - 6/1/2014
    By: from Stl. Mo.

    Being new to the sport I researched and thought this would be the best for me. I think that it's easy to cast and feels good with a fish on. It will awhile before I replace it. Plan on wearing it out.

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