Orvis Encounter Complete 4-Piece Outfit
|Price:||$169.00 - $298.00|
- Rod Material: graphite
- Rod Length: [5wt] 9 ft, [6wt] 9 ft, [6wt] 9 ft 6 in, [8wt] 9 ft
- Rod Weight: 5, 6, 8
- Rod Pieces: 4
- Reel Material: composite
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Snap your Orvis Encounter Complete 4-Piece Outfit together, head to your local river, and start catching fish as soon as you free your line from that tree you'll inevitably back cast into. The included rod is Orvis' entry level Encounter fly rod, which has a smooth action and comfortable cork handle to help novice anglers pin down their casting technique, and it comes set up with a composite reel with a stainless steel disc drag. The reel can be converted to either a left- or right-handed retrieve and is pre-spooled with a weight-forward fly line and leader.
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The reel is plastic, but still operates perfectly even after being completely submerged multiple times every time it's been out. The guides are still in good shape as well as the rod and cork. I've put some serious strain on the rod mostly trying to get my fly dislodged from rocks/brush, but also on some larger bass and freshwater drum and I'm confident in its durability at this point.
I have been bit by the fly fishing bug and my next purchase will be a high quality 8wt setup for inshore fishing and eventually a higher quality 4 or 5wt setup with a shorter rod for tighter creeks and I'm sure I will notice slight improvements in all aspects over the Encounter, with that being said the Encounter will always have a spot in my arsenal and if you're looking to get into fly fishing I highly recommend it.
The standard line that comes with the outfit casts streamers with ease. I fish for large mouth bass and I was able to throw #2 and #6 bass and steamer flies.
I was initially concerned about the fly line but after casting for 3 hours I can't tell you the difference between this and SA GPX. I was able to shoot long distances in the wind and turn over large flies. That's all we want right?
I lost my TFO 8wt so this was my replacement. Comparing the two rods the quality is good. Its not like my TFO but I can't find anything bad to say. Its lite and is a fast action rod. The only I miss from my TFO is that this rod is missing the aligngment dots on the sections.
The reel is plastic but its light and does the job. If you are expecting a 200$ quality reel you will be disappointed. No complaints, the reel hold my line well!
Perfect starter rod and replacement for the weekend warrior. Out of the box you can fish.
Reel is serviceable, line is low-grade (began sinking within weeks even with regular cleaning) and rod is fragile. Orvis devalues their entire brand offering something like this...even refusing to stand behind it. A true Orvis rod and reel is worth the investment...this is not.
If you want to begin or return to fly fishing without a pretentious budget, save time and frustration: buy a Temple Forks Outfitter rod, a mid-range reel and string it with line from your local fly shop.
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