Affordable gear: the Orvis Encounter outfit

Orvis got it right, it is “affordable awesomeness”.

The Orvis Encounter Fly Fishing OutfitIt’s time to check out another affordable piece of fly fishing goodness and this time around we’re taking a look at the Encounter outfit from Orvis.

Orvis is known for making some awesomely good fly fishing gear and that includes their entry level offerings. Good quality doesn’t have to mean $800 and Orvis continues to prove that with the Encounter outfit.

What you get

The Orvis Encounter outfit is setup and ready to go to get you on the water slinging flies in no time.

  • 9ft., 5wt. 4 piece Encounter rod
  • Encounter series large arbor reel
  • Weight-forward floating fly line
  • Backing and leader

Add some tippet and a few flies and you’ve got a setup that is ready to hit the water for action.

A good all around outfit

The 9ft., 5wt. setup has been a standard outfit in fly fishing for quite a while. It’s versatile, which means it can be fished in many different situations and for many types of fish. Versatility is a good thing, especially when you’re on a budget.

The Encounter large arbor reel is perfect for almost any standard fly fishing situation. Outfits like these are very popular because it takes the guesswork out, while providing a good starting point to get into several types of fly fishing.

Price & availability

The Orvis Encounter outfit is priced at $159.00. I think it’s a great price for a great outfit that will serve you well as a beginning setup or perhaps just a backup outfit to have handy.

The outfit is available directly from Orvis and also available from a few other online outlets. If you’re looking for a great outfit to get started or to use as a backup outfit, certainly give the Orvis Encounter outfit a look.

Cory Perry

I’m a husband, father and fly fishing geek living in Greenville, SC. I’m down with slinging flies, tying flies and spending every minute I can enjoying the vast outdoors with my family and friends.

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