Overall: 4.6 / 5 based on 59 reviews
57 of 59 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
This Is A Great Reel! -
By: cyangler from Northeastern Massachusetts
The first thing that impressed me was the aesthetic consideration put into the design. Both functionally and in appearance. Next I would have been surprised, if this weren't an Orvis product, at how close the tolerances are, no slop whatever. And in line with that, the fantastic disc drag mechanism provided in this price point. Truly, a great value in a large arbor reel. On top of it all, the spool wound up holding more backing than the conservative estimate given by Orvis. Once again, Orvis has provided a great product at a great price.
Can't Go Wrong With Orvis -
By: SlummingForTrout from Ontario Canada
I'm vary impressed for the price. Its robust and the drag is smooth.
Great reel -
By: akfisher from Homer,AK
Used this reel on Sockeye and Silver Salmon in Alaska and have nothing but praise for it, in fact, purchased another one for my daughter. Great drag system,enough to stop a red heading down the Kenai R. The price is right too!
Excellent reel -
By: Wildbrownie from Amersham England UK
The Encounter is an excellent reel for the money. I purchased it because it is moulded plastic which is perfect for sea fishing. It is not of the same quality as my BLA's but they are three times the cost. For the money it is perfect for a beginner or someone like me who doesn't want to ruin expensive reels with sea water. Off to buy a spare spool or three cheap at £23 each.
Brilliant for what I bought it for -
By: Frankthesurf from Llanarmon Yn Ial, Near the River Dee, North Wales
Top 250 Contributor
Purchased as a ' cheap' reel to use for French nymphing. Didn't want to spend a fortune as the reel is mainly stuffed full of backing and cheap line ending with my french leader. Best part is.... It's light as a feather. Obviously not as robust as my battenkill LA's , but it'll do the job Spot on
Great Product -
By: youshine from Park City, UT
Product is exactly what I thought it would be. Nice packaging. Works great. Thank you!
Tough Encounter -
By: Owegocrick from Endicott, NY
Switched to Fly Fishing August 2012 and bought an Encounter II as my 1st reel. It stood up well to my often rough learning curve being used minimum twice a week for the past year. I've fallen on it, dropped it, left it on top of my car only to watch it bounce down the road in my rearview. In the process, I've landed 22" browns and 20" Smallies, and it performed well. I just bought another as back up. Love it,
Well pleased -
By: Doyler from South Shropshire
Excellent product & first class service from the supplier.