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Orvis Encounter 8-weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit
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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 performancepackaged 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. Free Shipping on all orders $150 or more for all Orvis Products. Limited Time Only!
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The fly line is decent and gets the job done. I replaced the leader just because I couldn't really tell what the tippet size was and the pound test. I bet it was somewhere in the specifications but I build my own leaders to spec so I just replaced it so that I knew what I was fishing with.
The reel is a large arbor. Constructed from plastic but for the price point and combo pack I felt that it was adequate. The reel has a felt bag to go with it but you'll be carrying the rod and reel separate on those outings.
The rod holder is pretty nice. Good construction (as expected from Orvis). Overall I'd say I'm happy w/ the purchase. I shuddered to think of purchasing a fly rod online without being able to see it, feel it and cast it but for the price point I decided to take the risk. I must say I'm not disappointed. That's part of the reason I went with this rod / reel combo from Orvis - they haven't disappointed yet.