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 (size II), 5-wt. line, backing, leader, and a rod/reel case. The 8'6" 5-weight is the best all-around freshwater rod for trout and light bass fishing and 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-wt. Encounter rod outfit is the perfect answer to the question, “What’s the first rod I should buy?”.
- Built for the hardcore angler, yet priced with frugality in mind
- 8'5" 5-wt. is an ideal rod for both newcomers to the sport and those seeking versatility
- Smooth, crisp performance
- Packaged with a size II Encounter reel, 5-wt. line, backing, leader, and rod/reel case
Orvis 25-Year Guarantee
What that means is, we’ll fix your broken fly rod, and if we can’t fix it, we’ll replace it, no questions asked. Step on it, close the door on it, run over it with the car—it doesn’t matter, we’ll fix it. If we can’t repair it, we’ll choose a newer model rod of at least equal value to replace it. Your investment is assured for a nominal shipping and handling charge.