Encounter 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod Outfit

This 6 Wt. affordable fly rod is ideal for bigger freshwater applications.


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 9'6" 6-weight Encounter rod outfit is a powerful big-water trout rod with that extra length that's perfect for reaching out on long mends or high-stick nymphing. Excellent option for stillwater as well. Go with confidence and a wallet that's still intact.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 12 reviews


11 of 12 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    Very Good - 2/19/2015
    By: from Salem, South Carolina

    Combo is very well made and attractive. The backing and fly line are of good quality. As a once a year fly fisherman and a novice also, it really fits my need and pocketbook.

  • 5/5

    Solid performance - 10/29/2014
    By: from USA

    I was skeptical at first due to the composite material of the reel, but after a full day of field testing, i came to the conclusion that i enjoyed the light weight durability of this product. Caught a 26 incher on my first day out with this Orvis Outfit.

  • 5/5

    Fantastic Outfit - 8/24/2014
    By: from West Lothian, Scotland

    Great outfit. Used it on my local trout fishery as soon as it arrived and although I didn't catch anything, I had a fantastic day. When I produced my rod to the owner he was full of compliments and said that I didn't cut any corners with this outfit. He even had a few casts himself and he was very impressed.

  • 4/5

    Great Product, Minor Problems. - 8/5/2014
    By: from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I will say that this fly outfit is very nice. I am an avid fisherman and just started delving into fly fishing a few years ago. I did a lot of research and landed on this particular one. I was very excited to receive it and, when it finally came, I immediately opened it and put it together. This is when I discovered the problem. The leader had completely wrapped around the shank of the reel. It was twisted and knotted, and the only way I could remedy this was to take apart the reel and untwist all of the line. Now, I have had a lot of experience taking apart reels and drag systems before- so I knew to watch out for all of the little springs and tiny metal pieces that these reels are made of. I was able to successfully untangle the line and now the reel works perfectly. I didn't appreciate having to take apart my reel 15 minutes after having it delivered, but everything turned out okay in the end. I still highly recommend this outfit to anyone who is looking for a beginner system.

  • 5/5

    good outfit - 7/22/2014
    By: from Springcreek, TN

    It arrived on time in a sturdy box. The fly shop was extremely helpful with all of my questions.

  • 5/5

    good combo outfit - 7/4/2014
    By: from Springcreek, TN

    It arrived on time in sturdy shipping box. Great customer service. Just add a fly and a pond/lake. Their flies are much better than what is available locally.

  • 5/5

    Great purchase with the help of Orvis - 5/27/2014
    By: from Richmond, VA

    After a lot of looking around for a beginner fly rod, I finally decided on the Orvis Encounter. The rod came right on time with its fast shipping. The rod case was an excellent addition to the outfit, it has already saved my rod from damage many times. The super helpful Orvis employees helped perfect my cast and helped me pick out some great starting flieswhich had me on the water in no time. The rod its self is very durable and is a canon. This thing launches flies with power and precision. The cork grip provides comfort for all day fishing. I have dropped this real many times and its still brand new. 5/5 for a great overall experience with Orvis and its product! Highly recommended!

  • 5/5

    More bang for your buck! - 4/24/2014
    By: from Pennsylvania

    Great value! Very nice well balanced combo for beginners and avid anglers. Perfect as a backup outfit or for use in rugged back country. I also bought the Encounter 8 wt 9' for steelhead.

  • 5/5

    Above and Beyond Expectations - 2/18/2014
    By: from Orange County, CA

    I purchased this outfit to fish for bass and bluegill in a local private lake. I was planning to go surf fishing the next morning and couldn't wait to try out the rod so slapped on my 8 weight sinking tip line and hit the local surf. The rod worked flawlessly with the heavier line. Caught some nice barred surf perch - what a nice feeling rod. Could not be happier. Although I expected the rod to work well, I did not expect it to handle as well as it did with the heaving line. The Orvis craftsmanship was superb.

  • 5/5

    Dansr Cincinnati - 1/21/2014
    By: from Cincinnati OH

    Have not had a chance to use this bought it for my grandson. Cast it on the lawn and seems like a good starter rod. For the money it seems well made.

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