Orvis Ratings and Reviews

Encounter 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod Outfit

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 9'6" 6-weight Encounter rod outfit is a powerful big-water trout rod with that extra length that's perfect for reaching out on long mends or high-stick nymphing. Excellent option for light steelhead as well. Go with confidence and a wallet that's still intact.
Average Customer Rating:
4 out of 5
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3 of 4(75%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Encounter 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod Outfit
Review 1 for Encounter 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod Outfit
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Above and Beyond Expectations,
February 18, 2014
By: FreshNSaltwaterFlyFisher
from Orange County, CA
"I purchased this outfit to fish for bass and bluegill in a local private lake. I was planning to go surf fishing the next morning and couldn't wait to try out the rod so slapped on my 8 weight sinking tip line and hit the local surf. The rod worked flawlessly with the heavier line. Caught some nice barred surf perch - what a nice feeling rod. Could not be happier. Although I expected the rod to work well, I did not expect it to handle as well as it did with the heaving line. The Orvis craftsmanship was superb."
Review 2 for Encounter 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod Outfit
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Dansr Cincinnati,
January 21, 2014
By: Dansr
from Cincinnati OH
"Have not had a chance to use this bought it for my grandson. Cast it on the lawn and seems like a good starter rod. For the money it seems well made."
Review 3 for Encounter 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod Outfit
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great starter kit,
January 19, 2014
By: Gilberto2
from Santiago, Chile
"A gift for a young man in Chile he caught 3 5lb. rainbows from Lago Rupanco his first outing. Obviously he likes it."
Review 4 for Encounter 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod Outfit
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Wrong Rod and Wrong Reel,
January 15, 2014
By: CoachG
from Los Angeles, CA
"The Encounter Rod was poorly balanced. Very heavy even for a 9.6 rod. The reel fell apart after a few practice casts. My first bad purchase from Orvis. The experienced few casters from my fly casting club were equally surprised by the poor quality of both rod and reel. Orvis took both back without question."