Encounter 5-weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit

This 5 wt. affordable fly rod is a great choice for bigger trout water.


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 9' 5-weight Encounter rod outfit is easily the best value-priced outfit of its kind. This is the perfect backup for an experienced traveling angler or for a new angler who plans to spend most of their time on bigger trout waters.
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 4.7 / 5 based on 47 reviews


46 of 47 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    Great entry level rod - 10/15/2014
    By: from Horsham, PA

    I got this as a replacement to a much cheaper rod I had received as a gift. First weekend I put it to the test catching several smaller Smallies a few stocked trout and a handful of panfish. Handled all of them with ease. Would definitely recommend an extra spool for the beginner as this rod is diverse enough to handle quite a range of fish without the need for a lighter weight kit.

  • 4/5


  • 4/5

    Beginners thoughts on the 5wt. - 9/22/2014

    I purchased the Encounter 9ft, 5wt outfit to fish primarily for bass. As a beginner, I've found that casting larger flies for bass too difficult with the 5wt. As I gain experience with casting and matching leader size to the fly, I hope to be able to cast the larger flies. But, I probably should have started out with an 8wt to make things easier.

  • 4/5

    My encounter with the Orvis Encounter - 9/4/2014
    By: from Pachuca, Hgo., México

    I live in Mexico and recently bought through internet equipment for fishing "Encounter 5-weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit", to use it I took a pleasant surprise to confirm the high quality of the equipment, Reed is fast, flexible and highly sensitive, throwing line and retrieve a capture is a great pleasure, moreover reel fulfills all expectations, and together make an affordable equipment, high-quality and visually very beautiful. Orvis, thank you and congratulations for having created the "Encounter 5-weight 9 'Fly Rod Outfit". And I congratulate me for buying it.

  • 5/5

    Thoroughly Pleased - 9/3/2014
    By: from Oklahoma

    I am new to fly fishing and started researching fly rod and reel combos. After spending several weeks evaluating different rod and reel combos ( I even bought another one and returned it) the Orvis Encounter feels far superior than the others in every way. The cork grip has a great feel, the rod is light, and the reel is as smooth as an expensive bait cast reel. I have not had a chance to fish with it yet but I have complete confidence in this outfit.

  • 5/5

    Great Value - 9/3/2014
    By: from irwin, id

    I bought this on my third day of fishing with guides at The Lodge on the Palisades. I used it instead of the pricier rods I was loaned the two previous days. Couldn't tell a difference and landed huge trout. Can't wait to try it on bass and bluegill back home in Indianapolis.

  • 4/5

    Great Rod for Price - 9/2/2014
    By: from AZ

    The action on the rod is great, the rod and reel seem to be built very well, and it all comes in a nice case. Overall, a good deal for the price.

  • 5/5

    backbone - 8/28/2014
    By: from Colbert, GA

    Strength, feel and smooth drag at a reasonable price. I have caught large bass, rainbows in the 30 inch length and a few stripers in the 17 lb range This drag can fight the fish with the rod action keeping the heat on as if it had cost much more. Very pleased jorge

  • 3/5

    Average - 8/24/2014

    I guess it is a decent rod, but not the rod for me. I used it once and don't think I will use it again. The reel was so bulky and the line was so crummy that it just did feel right.

  • 5/5

    Recent Purchase - 8/20/2014
    By: from Plano, TX

    I recently purchased this rod/reel from my local Orvis store. Customer service was excellent. The equipment works great !

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