Encounter 5-weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit

This 5 wt. affordable fly rod is a great choice for bigger trout water.


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 9' 5-weight Encounter rod outfit is easily the best value-priced outfit of its kind. This is the perfect backup for an experienced travelling angler or for a new angler who plans to spend most of their time on bigger trout waters.


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

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

  • 3/5 stars 3/5

    Average - 8/24/2014

    I guess it is a decent rod, but not the rod for me. I used it once and don't think I will use it again. The reel was so bulky and the line was so crummy that it just did feel right.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Recent Purchase - 8/20/2014
    By: from Plano, TX

    I recently purchased this rod/reel from my local Orvis store. Customer service was excellent. The equipment works great !

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Rod review - 8/15/2014

    Took my first lesson and then hit the local pond for more practice. Rod performs well.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Beginner Angler's Dream - 8/1/2014

    As someone who had no idea about the fly fishing world, Orvis gave me a great product to start my new fly fishing hobby. After watching some casting videos online from Orvis's instructors and getting a few pointers from my friends (who also use Orvis rods), the lightweight Encounter Series made it so easy for me to just pick up the combo and start casting without any problems. I hope to purchase a heavier rod in the near future to use for some largemouth and steelhead. I definately recommend any Orvis product to anyone looking to get into fly fishing as this rod made my new hobby enjoyable straight from the beginning.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great rod and reel kit. - 7/28/2014
    By: from Georgia

    This is a great rod and reel kit. At the price of this kit you can more than one . Then you can cover all the fishbuou need to. Good rod and reel kit.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Excellent entry level - 7/28/2014
    By: from Northeast

    Comb is well put together.great first rod or backup. Problem with this is, next you'll be hooked in thuds sport and be wanting a Helos2. That's really not too bad though.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Excellent Starter Rod - 7/22/2014

    I bought this when I wanted to start fly fishing and it is an excellent rod to start with. It has the amazing feel all Orvis rods have and comes with everything you need to get started. I also like the fact that Orvis rods come with a case...it makes life easy. The best part to me is it's a reasonable price so I won't have a heart attack if I break it.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Encounter 5 wt 9' outfit - 7/16/2014

    Great weight for medium duty, casts longer than I've done before. Nice combo. Excellent value.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great beginner's rod - 6/18/2014
    By: from Bel Air, MD

    I am new to fly-fishing and this was the rod recommended by a friend who is an experienced fly-fisher. He was impressed by the way it cast and I found it easy to look like I had some skills when I cast. I would recommend this to any beginner who is testing the waters to see if they really are interested in the sport.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Excellent Outfit - 6/18/2014
    By: from Downingtown, PA

    I am a beginner fly fisher "woman", and purchased the Encounter rod/reel setup and I am extremely happy with it. Priced just right too! Thanks to the GREAT Customer Service at Orvis in Downingtown, PA., and Instruction from the FREE Fly Fishing 101 class that they offer. I actually bought 4 encounter's! Happy Fishing...

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  • Encounter 5-weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit £149.00
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