Orvis Encounter Fly Fishing Combo Review

Orvis fly rod and reel combo

What are fly fishing combos kits and who are they best suited for?  Well let’s take a look. Fly fishing combos, packages or kits are basically a way, for the first time angler, to get everything needed to start fishing in one package.

Orvis fly rod and reel combo

There are many different types available but for the most part a combo is made up of a fly rod, a reel that the manufacturer has picked to complement the rod and the appropriate fly line and backing for the set up.

Some may say that a combo is made up with substandard products but I disagree. If you do some research you will find that, yes there is crap out there but if you know what you’re looking for and stick to the quality manufacturers, you can get a great set up for good price.

The Orvis Encounter Fly Fishing Combo (9’ 5 weight)

First of all Orvis has been around for over 150 years, they are very well known in the fly fishing industry with their quality fishing gear and apparel. Orvis understands what it means to offer quality products at an affordable price.

This Combo Comes With

  • Four piece rod that comes in sizes to accommodate every angler
  • Large arbor Encounter reel
  • Weight forward floating line with backing and a leader
  • Rod case

This an incredible value at $169.00 and for that price it’s an unbelievable entry level fly fishing package. Besides being a good looking rod, most Orvis rods are,  it really does cast well. I also like that it is a four piece and comes with a nice rod case. The reel was decent and was very smooth overall and surprisingly the drag worked better than expected.

What’s to like?

  • The price is right! It is really hard to find a package out there that has what this does for the price
  • It’s a good entry level package that should last a few years
  • It comes with everything needed to get started
  • Its perfect for the young angler who wants to learn how to fly fish

What’s not to like?

  • This rod is exempt from the Orvis 25 year guarantee. However it does come with a limited guarantee.


If you are an entry level angler. If you are on a budget. If you’re just not sure about fly fishing but you want to give it a go, then this could be the package for you. This is a good rod and reel but if you want to continue fishing you will want to upgrade within a few year. However that doesn’t mean you can’t keep this in your arsenal and even pass it down to a youngster.

For more information regarding the Orvis Encounter Combo click here .


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