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 78 reviews


    76 of 78 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Solid upgrade from big box cheapies - 1/9/2015
      By: 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

    • 5/5

      Large Arbor Reel - 12/16/2014
      By: 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.

    • 4/5

      Good budget reel - 11/14/2014
      By: 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.

    • 5/5

      Encounter LA Reel - 11/14/2014
      By: from Netherlands, europe

      Beautiful reel , really good value for money, robust in construction , supe lightweight and a perfect addition to any fisherman's collection !

    • 5/5

      Great Reel - 11/9/2014
      By: 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.

    • 5/5


    • 5/5

      Thanks, Orvis, for high quality at a bargain price - 10/1/2014
      By: 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.

    • 5/5

      Great low cost reel - 8/9/2014
      By: from N. Ga. Mountain Streams

      While I would prefer a smaller diameter spool, the reel is very light and quiet, the drag works great.

    • 5/5


    • 5/5

      Encounter Large Arbor Reel - 6/20/2014
      By: from Spokane, WA

      Received on time and perfect condition. Can't wait to get the line on and hit the rivers.

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