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 61 reviews


59 of 61 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great value and Quality - 6/18/2015
    By: from Trabuco Canyon ? CA

    I bought this outfit for my son and it is the best quality and value for an entry level rod and reel on the market today . Smooth , responsive yet powerful to land even the biggest trout .

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  • 5/5

    Excellent product - 6/2/2015
    By: from Stokesdale, NC

    I am a beginner fly fisherman. I went to the Orvis fly fishing classes 101 and 201. Both classes were great. This rod outfit is perfect for someone starting out in fly fishing. I highly recommend it.

  • 5/5

    Encounter fly rod outfit - 6/2/2015
    By: from Germanton, North Carolina

    I just tried out my now Encounter outfit at a local trout stream. It performed beautifully. I caught a trout within ten minutes! The 8'6' rod made it easy to cast under trees and brush. I have taken the two beginner Orvis fly fishing classes and I'm on my way to another great hobby! Thanks Orvis.

  • 4/5

    Great Starter Rod - 5/28/2015
    By: from Somerset PA

    My son received it for his 12th birthday an has used it and loves it. I love the 25 year warranty on the rod as 25 years will fly by and the amount of use this rod will get from a 12 yr old boy will be heavy as he loves to fish. He will use it for trout and bass in the mountains of Pa. Thanks...I am going to buy one for myself as I need to learn to fly fish with him...

  • 5/5

    Great product - 5/27/2015
    By: from Staatsburg N.Y,

    I'm new to fly fishing so when bought this rod reel combo i wasn't sure what i was doing but with the help of the live chat operator it all worked out. Great price really felt good.IK loss a fish the first time out but i'm sure it was me not the rod.

  • 5/5

    fantastic starting rod - 4/29/2015
    By: from Denver

    I am so pleased with my Encounter fly rod. The rod itself is beautiful, and it comes with the reel completely assembled. It makes it very easy for any beginner to get right out there and start fishing. The price is extremely reasonable considering the quality of the rod.

  • 5/5

    Great rod - 4/24/2015
    By: from Baltimore, MD

    Bought this rod because I am a beginner fly fisher. Took his thing right out of the box and riggged it up and caught five browns about six inches long within a half hour of hitting the river. Before I knew it... I was out there for five hours! This is a great casting rod and I couldn't be more pleased! If you have thoughts about getting this combo... Don't hesitate! Do it!

  • 4/5

    First Fly rod - 4/7/2015
    By: from GA

    I have already caught my first trout. I had a good day fishing with no problems from my first fly rod.

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