Encounter 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod Outfit

An all-around affordable fly rod ideal as a first time rod or backup option.

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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 and 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?".

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Encounter 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod Outfit is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 72.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't be disappointed! This fly rod outfit was recommended to me by my brother-in-law who is a very knowledgeable and avid fly fisherman. He was right in that it feels like an expensive set up but is very reasonably priced for the beginner. I haven't done a lot of fly fishing but can attest that this outfit will more than meed my needs.
Date published: 2015-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good purchase I bought this fishing rod as a present for my husband & we are both really impressed with it. It is a very good product, well packaged & delivered very promptly. The link to related services is very useful & I also bought a fishing lesson voucher - again dealt with efficiently & promptly.
Date published: 2015-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great service Ordered this rod and had it in three days, wow, great service. Haven't used it yet so only can give it a 4 star but it feels great. Was looking for a medium weight and length rod and this jumped out from the crowd, appears to be a good entry/second rod. Can't beat Orvis service.
Date published: 2015-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Addiction Took the free class at the store... Then went into a stream in the VA mountains with loaner gear for a weekend. Time to start buying my own. A great entry level setup. For a beginner it has everything you need.
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Introductory Outfit I've Ever Purchased! I purchased two Encounter 5 wt outfits for a young couple who expressed an interest in learning to fly fish. They both love the rigs, are learning quickly, casting gracefully and seeking advanced instruction and new water to fish. I fished the Encounter and found it to be perfect for a variety of water conditions for the beginner and intermediate angler. It's weighted and balanced nicely, casts smoothly, responds quickly and acts great on fish.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for the price... Good for the price, but don't expect top notch performance. I got this setup as my first rod/reel outfit to get into fly fishing to see if it was something I liked. I've caught several fish on this combo. but I have since upgraded to the "Clearwater" outfit and looking back on it, I wish I would've just bought the Clearwater setup from the get go. However, I do regularly let my friend borrow it when we go out because he's still on the fence about fly fishing vs regular spinner rod fishing and he has caught a fish on this combo almost every time we go out. The one thing I did that made this combo 100x better was have it relined with the "Hydros" fly line. Doing that made combo very fishable and I still occasionally use it, but mostly it's just a back up to my 2 Clearwater setups. Giving it a 3 star rating with the line that's on it, and because of the cheap price range that it's in you can't complain to much. But with the Hydros line I'd give it at least a 4. I also put no I wouldn't recommend it to a friend simply because I'd recommend just pay a little more initially and get the much nicer clearwater outfit.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid & Sexy In A Way Only Orvis Can Do I needed a backup rod package and this one goes beyond just a backup - this package has replaced my other setup and is the one I grab first. A few friends have tried it and immediately ordered one themselves.
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Backup Purchased this as an economical backup for my fishing/camping trips in Wyoming. This setup performs better than expected and would be a perfect setup for someone who is just getting started without a huge investment.
Date published: 2015-07-24
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