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: 4.8/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 30 reviews

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29 of 30 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great rod and reel - 5/28/2014
    By: from Colorado Rocky Mountains

    I bought this combo for my nephew as a high school graduation present. He has fly fished some, but is still in the learning curve. This is an excellent rod and reel for him to hone his skills. It will last him a long time and provide many great memories.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Excellent for Beginners - 5/3/2014
    By: from Dahlonega, GA

    This fly rod outfit is perfect for the beginner! It's great even if you just want to fish small streams!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Fantastic product - 4/29/2014

    I am probably considered a beginner at fly fishing although I have been doing it for a year or so now. This rod is great for any level fly fisherman and the combined lightness and ease of the rod makes it a prefect rod for most settings. The casting is incredibly smooth and it helped me cast a lot better. Overall, an outstanding outfit and the rod case makes traveling with the rod a lot easier.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    By: from So. river ,N.J.

    Good starter outfit,fact that it is complete is important. Suggest that more options in size be available.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great outfit for first timer! - 4/29/2014
    By: from Michigan

    I bought this outfit for my girlfriend. I started to teach her how to fly fish and she was instantly hooked. She loves this outfit and does not want to leave the river. Thanks for offering an affordable outfit for those who are just getting started.

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