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: 4.7/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 66 reviews

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    64 of 66 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5 stars 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 stars 5/5

      Great reel - its tough! - 4/10/2014
      By: from Aberdeenshire, Scotland
      Top 500 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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).

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Ready for anything ! - 3/28/2014
      By: from In rivers and streams of Maine

      Now when I'm fishing for Salmon on East Grand Lake this spring I can switch from a floating fly line to a sinking line by simply switching the spool on my Encounter Large Arbor Reel . This will make my fishing fast and easy for anything the fish are doing . I am very please with the quality of this Orvis reel!

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      quality and priced right! - 3/21/2014
      By: from Whitehorse,Yukon .Canada

      Just received this reel and already I can tell that this is a step above the rest.Even with the impact resistant plastic this reel does not have a "plastic cheap" feel. Being a lefty switching retrieve sides was a snap ...literally just pop out the slip bearing and flip it around snap back together and your off fishing! Great reel Ovris I'll be adding more to my arsenal. -Jon BigTimeYukon

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      This Is A Great Reel! - 1/25/2014
      By: 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.

    • 5/5 stars 5/5

      Can't Go Wrong With Orvis - 1/15/2014
      By: from Ontario Canada

      I'm vary impressed for the price. Its robust and the drag is smooth.

    • 4/5 stars 4/5


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    • Encounter Large Arbor Reel £45.00
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