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 49 reviews


47 of 49 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 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.

  • 4/5

    beginner - 11/29/2014
    By: from north umpqua,oregon

    Just got the 5wt 8'6" encounter, , I've been learning to cast and the feel of the rod is very comfortable in my hand and a very nice smooth cast, , soon I'll take it to the north umpqua river and see it in action, ,,,,, updates to come, ,,,,,

  • 5/5

    Perfection - 11/18/2014
    By: from WI

    Perfection and well design is difficult to find at times! The rod n case was excellent, reel so smooth and ready to use!!

  • 5/5


  • 3/5

    Ok first rig! - 11/13/2014
    By: from Norfolk

    Rod ok but would have been better if there had been alignment dots. The set lost points because of the reel which has been a real disappointment. Drag is getting stuck even when it is completely off. Reel is making a clicking noise as if something is broken in there. No reel lube helps.

  • 5/5

    Great package to get in the water - 11/7/2014
    By: from Ithaca, NY

    New to fly fishing and always forced to borrow gear from friends. I finally scraped some cash and purchased this package. I couldn't be happier for a simple, inexpensive rig to give me the freedom to be in the water. The rod casts nicely and is fun to land even the smaller fish. I was surprised by a plastic reel but don't mind at all now that it's had some action! When I eventually make an upgrade this will be an excellent rod and reel for my son to get started.

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