Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 78 reviews
76 of 78 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Solid upgrade from big box cheapies -
By: RandomGuy from South Carolina
Been using a fly rod for bluegill since I was a kid, always with cheap big-box store combo setups. This reel is a huge upgrade over those, at just a slightly higher price
Large Arbor Reel -
By: Biff444 from Steamboat Springs, Colorado
For the price this reel is an excellent addition to quick selection of floating and sinking lines. Much quicker to change out the whole reel when the fish more from deep feeding to surface feeding.
Good budget reel -
By: Islaytolondon from London
It isn't the sexiest design in the world, but its a good practical reel. I've used it for salmon on a spate river, and had a crack at some sea bass. Seems pretty versatile.
Encounter LA Reel -
By: Taylormade66 from Netherlands, europe
Beautiful reel , really good value for money, robust in construction , supe lightweight and a perfect addition to any fisherman's collection !
Great Reel -
By: acricky from Apollo Beach, Florida
Top 1000 Contributor
An excellent reel does the job of much more expensive reels. Better to spend your money on a higher end rod and line. I don't bother with spare spools I just buy another reel. I own 5 of them and just ordered another. Magic.
Thanks, Orvis, for high quality at a bargain price -
By: BobLePecheur from Northern California
I like machined billet as much as any man, but in my opinion it's unnecessary for most fly reel applications. After all, there's a lot of composite in handguns these days. I've had my Encounter II for a couple years now, paired with a high-end 6-wt rod. Caught a lot of fish, big and small. This thing is bulletproof -- I like never having to baby it. The money I saved on the reel and extra spools paid for another nice rod. My only, small, complaint is that setting the drag takes more finger torque than it should.
Great low cost reel -
By: terryraber from N. Ga. Mountain Streams
While I would prefer a smaller diameter spool, the reel is very light and quiet, the drag works great.
Encounter Large Arbor Reel -
By: SpokaneBill from Spokane, WA
Received on time and perfect condition. Can't wait to get the line on and hit the rivers.