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 64 reviews


64 of 64 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    Encounter Combo - 8/20/2015
    By: from Woodstock, VA.

    Had a chance to go down to the Shenandoah last Saturday and try out the combo. It handles quite well whether using light dry flies or those larger wet flies. I put on a popper to irritate a few bluegills and found them quite attracted and willing to take it to the house. Since it was mid afternoon and rafters were playing up river I wasn't able to stay very long and seriously go after Mr Bass. Looking forward to my next outing.

  • 5/5

    Bargain - 8/12/2015
    By: from UP of MIchigan

    Having broke the only 8wt i owned i decided to purchase the Encounter. i had already purchased the 5 wt for my daughter as a starter rod, i was impressed by the action and the look of the rod. I took the new 8wt out for a test drive and was impressed by the power the rod has. It feels good in the hand and casting is effortless. I would recommend to anyone who uses an 8wt for early and late season big fish. Very nice product. Cant beat the price.

  • 5/5

    Great price and great value - 7/14/2015

    Took to British Columbia and caught several 8 to 10 lb Samon rod performed great

  • 5/5

    Amazing service and great buy - 6/27/2015
    By: from Bradenton, FL

    The fly fishing rod and reel was better than advertised. Not to mention the customer service I received clearing up a mistake in the order was above and beyond. I couldn't be more satisfied as a customer. Extremely impressed overall.

  • 5/5

    just the right rod perfect - 6/3/2015
    By: from downingtown,pa.

    i bought this rod for bass and carp and it works well and i highly recommend it.

  • 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.

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