Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 74 reviews
71 of 74 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great 1st fly rod & reel -
By: Bohunter1 from Oklahoma
I absolutely love my encounter rod & reel combo, it's very easy to cast.
Great package -
By: csparr from Portland, OR
This is my first fly rod and prior to this outing, I've only fly fished once before. I took it out for the first time this week for an after work evening outing on the Clackamas River outside of Portland, Oregon. This rig met all my expectations. Got into some brown trout and really enjoyed the rig.
By: DocDJ from Staunton, VA
I own a mystic 8' 3 wt and it's great for smaller bookie water and it works wonderfully. On a whim I just purchased the encounter 9' 5 wt to get into some larger rivers. I am so surprised on how well this combo fishes for the price. It is amazing! Sensitive and the stiffness is just perfect for those small "sipping" hits on top. Would highly recommend.
Excellent Outfit -
By: Tfisher from South
Purchased this as a 4-piece back-up rod for an upcoming trip. Pleasantly surprised at this rod. Reel seat bracket did seem (a little) to tight for the reel, but this isn't an expensive rod, so it's not a big deal. Took it out first day and did a side by side comparison of an old sage rod I had. Casting was great. Good feel when I hooked the fish. Reel has smooth action. This "back-up" rod will end up getting plenty of use, since 1) it performs well and 2) the price -as clumbsy as I am, I don't have to "baby" this rod. Thanks to Orvis for making a quality rod and reel outfit for anyone to afford.
By: Rope66 from KS.
I can't get over, how nice this outfit is. Just as stated in the catalog. Picked it up,and went fishing. Super good deal!!!
grat value -
By: Newtoflyfishing11 from Omaha, NE
I am new at fly fishing but I'm hooked. After trying out this new sport I wanted to get more involved. The Encounter was the perfect fit, great price for such a great setup and the quality is exceptional.
Excellent Price-Value Balance -
By: Christian4u from Switzerland
Just received this fly rod today and used it the same day. Great product, excellent price to value balance ! Thank you ORVIS !
best Purchase Ever -
By: flyfishing4u from calgary ab
i loved it for this big of a pole it is very light weight and its great to get the rod the reel and the line. it is very easy to cast every who is intrested is buying this fly rod should get it!
Great value for a great fly rod -
By: BradT88 from Michigan
Recently purchased the 9-foot 5 weight encounter outfit and was extremely impressed with its performance as well as the case and reel which also came with a orvis carrying case... Very good value especially if you intend on becoming more immersed in the sport of fly fishing!