Encounter Large Arbor Reel

This light, powerful and reliable reel is the perfect budget fly reel.


The all new Orvis Encounter Large Arbor is a value-priced fly reel with the all the credentials of a much higher-priced large arbor. Made of a molded composite, the Encounter is extremely lightweight, but the inline, Rulon to stainless, stacked disc drag system is the most powerful in its price class making it the budget fly reel. Easy right- and left-hand conversion with a positive click drag knob to allow for consistent drag settings. For the budget-minded angler or a first fly reel, the Orvis Encounter Large Arbor is a no-compromise option.

  • Encounter LA II for line weights 4-6, 4.3 oz., 3⅜" diameter.
  • Encounter LA IV for line weights 6-9, 4.9 oz., 3⅞" diameter.
  • Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 71 reviews


    69 of 71 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Great low cost reel - 8/9/2014
      By: from N. Ga. Mountain Streams

      While I would prefer a smaller diameter spool, the reel is very light and quiet, the drag works great.

    • 5/5


    • 5/5

      Encounter Large Arbor Reel - 6/20/2014
      By: from Spokane, WA

      Received on time and perfect condition. Can't wait to get the line on and hit the rivers.

    • 5/5

      Excellent Reel - 6/5/2014

      I like this reel so much that I purchased a second one! An excellent value and performance.

    • 4/5

      Great beginner - 4/23/2014
      By: from Denver, CO

      I am a beginner with a fly rod and bought a more exspensvive ($100) reel and the click mechanism stopped working right away. The drag mechanism and bearings aren't enclosed or sealed so as soon as I got the reel wet it began acting up, re-lubricating it didn't help much and I couldn't even get an extra spool for it. This reel is way better for a beginner. It is much smoother than the more expensive reel. I was sceptic about the composite material it is made from, but despite very little flex in the spool when about 15 pounds of tension is put on the line it holds up pretty well.

    • 5/5

      nice reel - 4/11/2014

      very well built, very solid, drag is smooth, very happy, mated well with my redington ct 5wt

    • 5/5

      Great reel - its tough! - 4/10/2014
      By: from Aberdeenshire, Scotland
      Top 1000 Contributor

      I bought the IV specifically for use on the coast/rocks for saltwater fishing for Pollock, Mackeral and Sea Trout. It has also been teamed up with a 7 weight Access and used for streamer fishing for large brown trout. I love the reel. It does not matter if I bash it off a rock or lay it down on a concrete jetty, it takes all the knocks with ease. It really sits nicely on the Access too, balancing it well. Well worth buying as a proper "knock about" reel if you dont want to damage your more expensive Battenkills and Access reels.

    • 5/5

      Built for abuse - 4/4/2014
      By: from Akron, OH

      This reel is awesome! You don't have to worry about it getting scratched while rigging up your rod. You don't have to worry about it breaking if you drop it. Watch the video they have here and you'll see what I'm talking about.

    • 5/5

      Excellent sea reel - 4/2/2014
      By: from Buckinghamshire UK

      I used the reel for sea fishing because it is moulded. I just purchased another spool for my Bass fishing shooting head.

    • 5/5

      Not used yet - 4/1/2014
      By: from WI

      The feel of the reel while loading backing and line was telling of tight tolerances. I bought two, one each for a lefty and a righty kid. Time will unveil the durability and performance of the reels (and dad's patience).

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