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 47 reviews


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

  • 5/5

    nice affordable setup - 10/21/2014

    based on my limited fly fishing knowledge and comparing it to other fly rods i own, the quality of this set up seems great for the price, can't wait to hook a steelhead on it!

  • 5/5

    Great deal on a great combo! - 10/7/2014
    By: from Va

    I was in the market for a eight weight rod with enough backbone to throw large articulated streamers at big pre spawn brown trout. This rod absolutely performs that duty flawlessly. It easily shoots 350 gr sinking lines tipped with heavy streamers for those long and precise bank-hugging casts that are required when streamer fishing. Alone, the rod itself is worth the price paid for the combo. The fact that a very capable reel with a nice line is included is a real bonus! Highly recommended!

  • 4/5

    By: from Santa Clarita, Ca.

    Very nice outfit! My second Orvis combo (Clearwater 6W/9FT) I'm new to fly fishing, so my knowledge is very limited. I think this combo is perfect for beginners such as myself. All I can say is that I really like going after the bass in my local lakes with this rod!!!!!

  • 5/5

    excellent value - 9/23/2014
    By: from Kerry,Ireland

    A well balanced kit that handles very well. It also packs nicely in my suitcase for travel.

  • 5/5

    Great Rod! - 9/17/2014
    By: from Cleveland, OH

    Great rod for a great price! I have used this rod multiple times so far and it casts like a champ.

  • 5/5

    This is why we love Orvis... - 9/9/2014
    By: from OREGON

    Called UPS every day to see when they would hand over this outfit. Hopefully the neighbors will keep to themselves now cus I'm casting it on the front lawn whenever I'm not on the water. Excellent large arbor reel, with line AND a leader, you are ready to hit up your local steelhead run/saltwater flat the moment it gets to your door. Orvis makes it easy to hit the ground running for all of the anxious "patient" anglers around the world with these outfits they offer. Can't wait to throw this in the hard case and hit the road for a good breaking in. Thanks Orvis again for the consistency and quality that we all crave. Go and spend your paycheck here, you'll be happy you did.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Great Buy! - 7/31/2014
    By: from Wiesbaden, Germany

    This is an excellent rod and reel for the money! I would recomend this rod to anyone for a first rod or back up to a more expensive one or to anyone on a budget. The 8 wt. seems quite suitable for black bass fishing and average sized pike.

  • 5/5

    Perfect package for a beginner! - 7/25/2014
    By: from Wiesbaden, Germany

    I just got this in. Though I have not had a chance to cast it, I put it together and it feels great fro a rod and real in this price range. I would highly recomend this series of combos to beginners who want to get into the sport on a budget. I have the 8 Wt. which I think feels like it will be ideal for all black bass fishing and average size pike. I actually bought it in hopes of using it for pike in Germany, perhaps black bass in Spain or Italy, and I think it will do the job. The real seems to have a decent drag. Great bang for your buck!

  • 5/5

    Best purchase ever - 7/23/2014

    What an excellent rod! It casts great! I'm so glad I made this choice. Thank you

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