Orvis Fly Fishing Encounter Fly Rod & Reel Outfit
|Price:||$169.00 - $298.00|
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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 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 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?". Features: Built for the hardcore angler yet priced with frugality in mind Smooth, crisp performance Packaged with a large arbor Encounter reel, weight-forward floating line, backing, and leader ...
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This is what is considered a starter or beginner outfit. The rod doesn't come with the usual Orvis 25 year warranty. For this reason alone you might consider stepping up to a better model.
I read two reviews saying this was a good starter outfit, but after buying it I've been reading stuff on various fly fishing forums. The opinions vary to it's a good starter outfit for the price, to an upgrade to a better Orvis outfit with a warranty is worth looking into. Also, some say that you can get a better rod and reel from other companies with a good warranty at the same price.
Take some time to check around and read before purchasing.
I'm a beginner and I don't know much, but I do like the outfit.
I started casting small flies and did well. But I want to fish for largemough and smallmouth, and when I started casting larger flies, I started having trouble. I have learned that I need to use leaders that are heavier and shorter to cast these larger flies. I'm just beginning to do that so not yet sure how well it will work. I have read that to cast bass size flies an 8 or 9 weight rod would be better, especially for beginners.
BTW, while this rod reportedly (I didn't check to be sure) doesn't have a standard Orvis warranty, I wouldn't be surprised if they did something for you if you were to break it. They've been good to me when I've trashed gear (sometimes my fault, sometimes not)