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 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?".


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 70 reviews


67 of 70 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    great service - 11/21/2015

    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.

  • 5/5

    New Addiction - 8/28/2015
    By: from North Carolina

    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.

  • 5/5

    Best Introductory Outfit I've Ever Purchased! - 8/12/2015
    By: from Mammoth Lakes, CA

    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.

  • 3/5

    Good for the price... - 8/2/2015
    By: from Philadelphia

    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.

  • 5/5

    Solid & Sexy In A Way Only Orvis Can Do - 7/27/2015
    By: from Rixeyville, VA

    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.

  • 5/5

    Great Backup - 7/24/2015
    By: from Wyoming

    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.

  • 5/5

    Knockout Quality - 7/16/2015
    By: from Butler, PA.

    After a 10 year hiatus, I decided to get back into fly fishing. Upon locating my old second hand gear, I gave consideration to an upgrade. During my product research, I stumbled upon an add for an Orvis entry level system. The high quality of every piece of equipment is indeed impressive. From the durability of the prespooled reel to the sleek looks of the rod, I fish with high confidence. Heck, even the attention to detail of the rod tube and reel cover are impressive. Thank you Orvis!

  • 5/5

    Great Casting Rod - 7/4/2015
    By: from Saint Helena Island, SC

    This rod casts really great I was very surprised and please with it. For the money this an outstanding rod, reel and line combination.

  • 4/5

    Great beginner rod. - 7/2/2015
    By: from North Carolina

    I heard that this rod was an ideal choice for those who are beginning fly fishing, and it has proven to be just that.

  • 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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