Encounter 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod Outfit

An all-around affordable fly rod ideal as a first time rod or backup option.


Instead of the term “entry level,” we prefer to describe our new Encounter rod outfits as “affordable awesomeness.” Built for the hardcore angler, yet priced with frugality in mind, the Encounter rod series combines state-of-the-art rod design with a smooth, crisp performance—packaged with a large arbor Encounter reel, weight-forward floating line, backing, and leader. The 8'6" 5-weight is the best all around freshwater rod for trout and light bass fishing and it is considered to be the perfect first rod for any fly angler. Small streams, big rivers, or ponds and lakes, this new 8'6" 5-weight Encounter rod outfit is the perfect answer to the question, "What's the first rod I should buy?".


Overall: 4.9/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 17 reviews

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17 of 17 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

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    Great purchase - 4/9/2014
    By: from Baton Rouge, La

    I bought this setup for my son in law and myself. We attended the FlyFishing 101 and 201 classes and have used these rods twice now to catch bream. Great setup and customer service by the Baton Rouge crew! Looking forward to our up coming Smoky Mountain fishing trip. Thanks, Tim

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    I'm hooked - 4/7/2014
    By: from Avalon California

    Orvis encounter 8'6" 5 wt. fly rod outfit was better than I expected. Good workmanship and beautiful. Looking foreward to many years of good fishing. Thank You

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Quality you can't beat - 3/26/2014
    By: from Baton Rouge, LA

    Beginning products in the realm of fly fishing really have the potential to frustrate the novice fisherman. Whether mushy rods or bad drag systems poor equipment is no fun to use. Before moving over seas I sold my outfits to fund the trip. In hindsight this was probably the best thing to happen to me, because it lead me to my first Orvis. The rod that comes in this package is a jewel and really the prize of the package. In this weight a reel is more of a line holder but I am pleasantly surprised by how much I actually like the plastic reel. Between a fast action and pleasant casting a rod that even comes with a case this really is a package to get in or in my case back into the sport. A pleasure for any skill level. Going back to get it in 8 wt too.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Awesome Product! - 3/18/2014
    By: from Arizona

    Product is awesome. Comes with Rod (4 pieces), reel with line, and travel case. Perfect to stow away in my suitcase when traveling. Very excited to use this product on my honeymoon!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great Set up - 3/15/2014
    By: from Loveland, Co.

    Perfect timing! My wife and I just got home from a 6 hour guided fly fishing trip up in Estes Park and down in the Big Thompson Canyon. Being beginners, we need some instruction. Our guide said that we had good rods for the area we were fishing. We caught lots of fish and had so much fun we are wiped out now. The wind was blowing pretty hard and we didn't even let falling down in freezing water slow us down. We just dried off a bit and kept fishing. What a blast. And very affordable as well.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Little Delight! - 3/5/2014
    By: from Southern Louisiana Gulf Coast
    Top 100 Contributor

    My experience with fly rods has always been with 8 wt. or heavier. I was delighted when I tried this little rod. I bought it to play with the assorted panfish that infest our local ponds, canals and bayous. I will definitely try squeeze out a trip to the Smoky Mountains for some trout now that I have a practical rod. By the way, I like the Encounter reel as well. Very nice All in all a superior value.

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    Encounter 5-weight outfit - 3/4/2014
    By: from Okc, Ok

    I purchased this outfit to learn and teach my son to enjoy fly fishing. This is a great rod/reel combo! It is very comfortable to hold and well balanced. The reel is very light weight and has performed flawlessly. The 8.5' rod is a great length when fishing spots with overhangs. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a quality rod to learn with and as a back up for thier main Orvis trout snatching equiptment.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Orvis Encounter - 2/18/2014

    The rod is a great beginner for those starting out with fly fishing. I couldn't be happier with the gift and would tell other wife's or girlfriends to get them for their men.

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    Surprise - 2/4/2014

    Very please with this outfit. Performed well and fits my needs as a novice fly fisherman. Quality without the big $$$.

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