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: 4.8/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 39 reviews

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39 of 39 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Perfect package for a beginner! - 7/25/2014
    By: from Wiesbaden, Germany

    I just got this in. Though I have not had a chance to cast it, I put it together and it feels great fro a rod and real in this price range. I would highly recomend this series of combos to beginners who want to get into the sport on a budget. I have the 8 Wt. which I think feels like it will be ideal for all black bass fishing and average size pike. I actually bought it in hopes of using it for pike in Germany, perhaps black bass in Spain or Italy, and I think it will do the job. The real seems to have a decent drag. Great bang for your buck!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Best purchase ever - 7/23/2014

    What an excellent rod! It casts great! I'm so glad I made this choice. Thank you

  • 5/5 stars 5/5


    I bought this rod to fish large flies for stripers and smallmouth bass. The rod performed flawlessly. Although the real feels cheap it performs very well.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Well Made - 7/4/2014

    As usual with Orvis, the quality is there, along with beauty, balance & workmanship.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great Value!! - 7/2/2014
    By: from Massachusetts

    I purchased the Encounter 8-weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit with an eye to using it both on a pond for large bass and also for Atlantic Salmon in a river I fish. The package came the very next day - much quicker than I had expected. This was really appreciated as I had injured my back and its arrival picked up my spirits. I rigged it up and took a few casts on the lawn and was greatly impressed. It cast superbly. I will be getting out on the water in a few days to try it out on some big bass. I will most likely pick up a spare reel and sinking tip line also to go with this combo's floating line. Great product Orvis. This combo happily joins my other Orvis rods.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Happy purchase - 6/12/2014

    Did some practice casts with rod . It is nice to handle good flow and to cast

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  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Encounter bonefish - 6/5/2014
    By: from Texas

    This rod and reel outfit is a great price along with great performance especially for entry level saltwater fishing. It's casts great and very comparable to the Clearwater on touch I recommend for those who need a backup rod or a heavier weight for occasional big game fishing

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Great Rod and Reel Combo - 5/31/2014
    By: from North East Ohio

    I fished the 8wt combo for the first time yesterday and it worked flawlessly. The rod casts extremely well. Great feel. I didn't have anything on the line that tested the reel but it looks well made and functions just fine. The fit and finish on the rod and reel was as good as any rod I own some which cost many times the price of this outfit. I only gave the product four stars instead of five for a couple reasons. No alignment dots on the rod. Sure it's easy to add your own with a bottle of nail polish, but all rods in this day and age should come with them. And I have not owned the rod long enough to give a durability rating. Otherwise this is a great setup for any price.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Real nice combo - 5/11/2014
    By: from Saint Cloud . Florida

    I got this combo and this is great. The reel and rod are very well balanced and the line flows out great. Going fishing for reds. Handles bass great. You will not be sorry for buying this combo. Ovris has a new customer.

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