Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 66 reviews
64 of 66 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
nice reel -
very well built, very solid, drag is smooth, very happy, mated well with my redington ct 5wt
Great reel - its tough! -
By: Garioch 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.
Built for abuse -
By: Steelhead13 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.
Excellent sea reel -
By: ianmandyb 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.
Not used yet -
By: Alwaysask 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).
Ready for anything ! -
By: Mainebigfoot 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!
quality and priced right! -
By: BigTimeYukon 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
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.