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: Show Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 54 reviews


52 of 54 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    fantastic starting rod - 4/29/2015
    By: from Denver

    I am so pleased with my Encounter fly rod. The rod itself is beautiful, and it comes with the reel completely assembled. It makes it very easy for any beginner to get right out there and start fishing. The price is extremely reasonable considering the quality of the rod.

  • 5/5

    Great rod - 4/24/2015
    By: from Baltimore, MD

    Bought this rod because I am a beginner fly fisher. Took his thing right out of the box and riggged it up and caught five browns about six inches long within a half hour of hitting the river. Before I knew it... I was out there for five hours! This is a great casting rod and I couldn't be more pleased! If you have thoughts about getting this combo... Don't hesitate! Do it!

  • 4/5

    First Fly rod - 4/7/2015
    By: from GA

    I have already caught my first trout. I had a good day fishing with no problems from my first fly rod.

  • 5/5

    Bought for my husband's birthday! - 3/25/2015
    By: from Valdez, AK

    My husband is very excited to try this out! I purchased a fly rod for myself in the past and he really liked it, so I bought him his own for his birthday! :)

  • 5/5

    Can't wait to start using it - 3/2/2015
    By: from Fort Collins, CO

    We live really close to a wonderful river for fishing and I am eager for summer to start my fly fishing lessons and using my new rod. My husband thinks that it is the perfect rod for me since I am a beginner but he even thought that it would be a good rod for someone with more experience as well. I will keep you posted on how it goes!

  • 5/5

    First Orvis Fly combo - 2/26/2015
    By: from Floral Park , NY

    This Encounter outfit seems to be well worth the price. This is my first Orvis tackle , and I cannot wait to start practice casting. I haven't fished for almost 40 years, but, being a Vietnam vet with PTSD, I feel it would be beneficial

  • 5/5

    Great Rod - 2/16/2015
    By: from Griffin Georgia.

    I received my rod from the delivery truck on Thursday, I went to try it out and stretch the line on Sunday. Weather and conditions not good to fish, fished one hour and caught two bass about one pound each. Great casting and very happy with my new possession.

  • 5/5

    High Quality Combo - 2/13/2015
    By: from Virginia

    New to fly fishing and found the Orvis site extremely informative! Ordered the Encounter combo kit and could not be happier! Took this kit to fly fishing lessons and was praised for my choice! Superior product!

  • 5/5

    Great Set - 1/5/2015
    By: from Oneonta/ Al

    Good set to start with . Great quality for a great price

  • 5/5

    Great for Beginners - 1/5/2015
    By: from Georgia

    Bought the rod for my pops for Christmas and it has become a great learning rod. Just like anything else you should buy an inexpensive rod like this first to learn what you do and don't like before you go out and drop a boat load on a finer quality combination.

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