Encounter 8-weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit

An 8 Wt. affordable fly rod perfect as a first saltwater outfit or backup travel rod.


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. This solid 9' 8-weight Encounter outfit has all the power and performance anyone could ask at a price that will have you wondering, what's the catch? Backup or first big-game rod outfit, this is the finest you will ever buy at this price.
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 53 reviews


53 of 53 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Nice outfit - 1/10/2015
    By: from Northeast US.

    Plan on using this for freshwater North American gamefish, specifically small mouth bass and exceptional specimens of chain pickerel and largemouth bass. Can tell it's made well and the reel seat stuff is nice looking and easy to use. I'll be using it to cast streamers and bulky flies that my 6 weight can't handle.

  • 5/5

    great deal - 12/29/2014
    By: from Santa Cruz, Ca

    My first 8 weight. Different to throw vrs a 5 weight but super easy to get the hang of it. Great deal as well. They should include dots to allow easier rod assembly.

  • 5/5

    Best value - 11/19/2014
    By: from Canada

    Purchased this rod for travel. Now it's all I use! Great feel and reel. Now leave the cane rod at home. Ans you don't have to freak out if you drop it :)

  • 4/5

    Good value - 11/14/2014
    By: from UK

    I purchased this outfit to go bonefishing but found it also to get an excellent small river salmon outfit

  • 5/5

    JUST GET IT! - 11/14/2014
    By: from Myrtle Beach, SC

    The price on this thing can't be beat by any other company. It's a high quality set up for a more than reasonable, if not generous price. If you're on the fence about quality, it has Orvis' name on it! I love mine and I'm glad I got it!

  • 5/5

    Great purchase - 10/27/2014
    By: from Pittsburgh Area

    I just recently used the Encounter 8-weight 9' Rod outfit on my trip to lake Erie. It's a great rod for Steelhead. The greatest part is that it came with a case, leader, and tippet. Exceptional quality as usual with Orvis!

  • 5/5

    nice affordable setup - 10/21/2014

    based on my limited fly fishing knowledge and comparing it to other fly rods i own, the quality of this set up seems great for the price, can't wait to hook a steelhead on it!

  • 5/5

    Great deal on a great combo! - 10/7/2014
    By: from Va

    I was in the market for a eight weight rod with enough backbone to throw large articulated streamers at big pre spawn brown trout. This rod absolutely performs that duty flawlessly. It easily shoots 350 gr sinking lines tipped with heavy streamers for those long and precise bank-hugging casts that are required when streamer fishing. Alone, the rod itself is worth the price paid for the combo. The fact that a very capable reel with a nice line is included is a real bonus! Highly recommended!

  • 4/5

    By: from Santa Clarita, Ca.

    Very nice outfit! My second Orvis combo (Clearwater 6W/9FT) I'm new to fly fishing, so my knowledge is very limited. I think this combo is perfect for beginners such as myself. All I can say is that I really like going after the bass in my local lakes with this rod!!!!!

  • 5/5

    excellent value - 9/23/2014
    By: from Kerry,Ireland

    A well balanced kit that handles very well. It also packs nicely in my suitcase for travel.

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