Encounter 8-weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit

An 8 Wt. affordable fly rod perfect as a first saltwater outfit or backup travel rod.


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. This solid 9' 8-weight Encounter outfit has all the power and performance anyone could ask at a price that will have you wondering, what's the catch? Backup or first big-game rod outfit, this is the finest you will ever buy at this price.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 59 reviews


59 of 59 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Solid - 5/16/2015
    By: from Spring branch

    Nice rod, easy to load and cast. The reel itself ifs tough and well piece together. Drags is very nice. Line and leader are awesome and casts very well. Already have landed a few bass and carp, and planing a trip out to the flats to nail some reds. Bottom line- perfect backup/ salt water rod.

  • 4/5

    Good Value - 5/5/2015
    By: from Tampa Bay, FL

    Feels and casts like a much more expensive setup. I would not hesitate to buy another. Great back up or first Flyrod.

  • 4/5

    Solid Purchase - 4/20/2015
    By: from Hollywood, Florida

    The rod and reel are well made for the price. The rod loads and cast well. Should work well for bonefish and seatrout.

  • 5/5


  • 4/5

    Nice fly setup for the money - 2/2/2015

    Haven't had a chance to try it yet but it looks and feels very good.

  • 5/5

    Affordable Awesomness - 1/30/2015

    Bought this for my birthday and have only had the opportunity to whip it around in the backyard since it is below freezing here most of the time. It is great that Orvis provides a product for the general outdoorsman to buy and not break the bank. I have already planned a trip with Orvis in the spring, CANT WAIT!

  • 5/5

    Nice outfit - 1/10/2015
    By: from Northeast US.

    Plan on using this for freshwater North American gamefish, specifically small mouth bass and exceptional specimens of chain pickerel and largemouth bass. Can tell it's made well and the reel seat stuff is nice looking and easy to use. I'll be using it to cast streamers and bulky flies that my 6 weight can't handle.

  • 5/5

    great deal - 12/29/2014
    By: from Santa Cruz, Ca

    My first 8 weight. Different to throw vrs a 5 weight but super easy to get the hang of it. Great deal as well. They should include dots to allow easier rod assembly.

  • 5/5

    Best value - 11/19/2014
    By: from Canada

    Purchased this rod for travel. Now it's all I use! Great feel and reel. Now leave the cane rod at home. Ans you don't have to freak out if you drop it :)

  • 4/5

    Good value - 11/14/2014
    By: from UK

    I purchased this outfit to go bonefishing but found it also to get an excellent small river salmon outfit

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  • Encounter 8-weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit £149.00
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