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 88 reviews


    86 of 88 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Orvis Encounter LA II no longer available - 4/23/2015
      By: from Malvern, PA

      I have a IV that I use for fishing Strippers. It is great, good design and fine drag. However I am greatly disappointed that Orvis is no longer offering the Encounter LA II. I wanted to buy one for my wife and I have been told that they will no longer be available, shame. I was also told that an extra spool for the LA IV is no longer available. Shame

    • 5/5

      The Price Is Right - 4/20/2015
      By: from Eastern Pennsylvania

      First attraction was the price but this reel is a winner all around. Light weight, smooth drag. Love the clickable drag setting.

    • 5/5

      Great Large Arbor Reel - 4/1/2015
      By: from Pittsburgh, PA

      I recently bought this reel for my son as his first fly reel - initially I purchased the larger reel (which was a little big for his rod) but the staff at my local store was awesome and helped me do an exchange for the smaller one. Initially, I bought this thinking it would be more durable and could withstand a lot, being polymer - because I didn't want my 12 yr old to beat up an expensive reel. When it arrived and I had it spooled up for him I was very surprised - it has a great feel - it's a nice weight to compliment a 5/6 rod and has a has a smooth drag that's comfortable to and easy to adjust. There's no play in the spindle and it has a smooth retrieve... Overall it seems like a great little reel that's good looking, durable and won't break the bank. I'm definitely going to buy another for myself as an everyday reel that I won't mind fishing hard and beating up some -

    • 5/5

      Great newbee reel - 3/23/2015
      By: from Carmel, IN

      Just like other Orvis fly fishing gear, valuable for your each penny. I used once last Saturday, feel no problem to fight with a 7lb grass carp with this reel. I probably will get the light one for pan fish fishing as well.

    • 5/5

      it's just so good - 3/4/2015
      By: from Enid OK

      Preface, I am a beginning fly fisher. Put this Encounter II reel on a Clearwater 9' 5wt rod and just love it. It will take a long time for my skill to develop enough that I will be able to even see the difference in this reel and a more expensive one. I can't believe the quality for the price.

    • 5/5

      Exactly What I Expected!!! - 2/26/2015
      By: from Smith River, Ca

      This is a Large Arbor Light weight reel with everything it takes to fight and land Salmon and Steelhead!!! You can't go wrong with Orvis.

    • 5/5

      Excellent drag - 2/26/2015
      By: from Isle of Skye, Scotland

      I now have 3 if these reels, absolutely superb. I use them for salmon fishing at home in scotland, last year I used one for Bonefish in Mexico, the drag handled Bonefish runs all day long without a problem. Nice fast retrieve too. Stop thinking about buying one and just add it to your basket, you'll not be disappointed.

    • 5/5

      Quality product - 2/21/2015
      By: from Western Massachusetts

      I just received my Orvis Encounter Large Arbor fly reel today. The reel is lite-weight and has a smooth drag. The line capacity is what I was looking for in a large arbor reel. I can put 250 yards of 20lb backing on with my Orvis Trout WF6F line. The reel is very durable (see video) and looks good.

    • 5/5

      Encounter Large Arbor Reel - 2/6/2015
      By: from No. Swanzey, NH

      !7 fly reels have passed through my hands over time. Five of them are still with me...four are Orvis reels... the Encounter is one. This graphite reel is one tough, yet precise example of what I call "the pick of the litter". I like the numerous "vents" in the spool and frame, to dry and drain. I like the push-button spool release and the traditional spool-shaped handle. The drag is smooth and well protected. I will be buying another and would put the Encounter reel at the top of the gift list for anyone.Thanks for a classic.

    • 5/5

      Encounter LA 11 - 1/28/2015
      By: from N.Ireland

      Great value, well made lightweight reel. Impressive in the hand and a joy to use on the rod.

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