Orvis Encounter 5-weight 9′ Fly Rod Outfit Review

Orvis Encounter 5-weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit

Daiwa Tatula-R100XS

Rating: 4.2/5

Power

Weight

Action

Price

PROS

- A convenient 4 piece combo.

- The rod is smooth enough with good spool.

- The well-rounded balance.

- The medium-fast action.

CONS

-Fly fishing rods and reels are good for just that – fly fishing, and they are inappropriate for other types of Angling.

Fly fishing is a great way to spend time in nature and test your skills. If you're starting out or an experienced angler, you'll want to ensure you have adequate gear.

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This Orvis Encounter is a great choice for fly anglers looking for a 5 weight outfit. It will be suitable for a starting fly angler or a more accomplished intermediate angler. 

It comes with everything you need to get started including fly line, backing and a leader.

Orvis is world renowned for building quality fly fishing gear. The encounter is no exception.

What is the product good for?

The product is great for people who don’t have the time or the willingness to spend long hours wandering around different shops or different websites scouting for the best product.

At the same time, as the name suggests, it’s a fly fishing rod, which pretty much limits its designation. Fly fishing rods and reels are good for just that – fly fishing, and they are inappropriate for anything else because of their specifications. This is something that you want to account for. 

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Fly fishing rods and reels are particularly specific but they are also very easy to use if you get the hang of them. So, with this in mind, let’s have a look at the specifics of both the rod and the reel.

Product Features

The Fishing Rod:

The 9 feet fishing rod is undoubtedly amongst one of the best valued options on the market. The entire set, actually, is quite affordable.

At 9 feet the rod is a perfect length for getting good distance on a 5 weight fly line. The rod is rated at medium power.

It will be adequate for going after species such as panfish, trout and bass.

When you're casting a fly line, you'll want a rod that loads up nicely and won't wear you out.

The encounter delivers. It transfers power very nicely. The result is that the rod does much of the work. This saves you energy and lets you fish all day in comfort.

It even comes with a 27 inch (70cm) storage tube. This is a great addition that will keep your rod safe when travelling. 

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The medium-fast action guarantees that the rod will get back to its convenient form quickly enough to be good for fly fishing. The balance is well-rounded while the convenient tip system allows a lot of sensitivity.

All in all, you can rest assured that this is a good rod, regardless of whatever it is you are looking to get out of it.

The Fishing Reel:

The large arbor Encounter reel as well as the weight-forward line are here to guarantee quick and clear casts. You need to be able to conveniently lay down the fly in order to ensure that you get the hit. This particular set is going to allow you to do just that.

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The rod is smooth enough with convenient spool in order to deliver great casts. What is more, it comes at great weight, ensuring the necessary counterbalance to the rod, making it even more appropriate and comfortable when casting.

The weight-forward line is going to allow you to get the necessary drag when casting and also to place the cast perfectly.

Aside from the rod, rod tube, and reel, you also get a weight-forward floating line, backing, and leader. 

You get everything you need to get started. The fly line is an Orvis brand fly line so you know that it will be well paired with the rod.  The backing will ensure that you can sustain long runs from large fish.

The leader is well paired to the 5 weight fly line. So, all you need to do is get a couple of flies and you'll be ready to go.

Conclusion:

All in all, it’s obvious that this is a great option if you are looking for an affordable yet appropriate and comfortable fly fishing combo. The best thing about it is that you wouldn’t have to spend time looking for each component individually.

This is a 4-piece fishing rod. It means that it disassembles in 4 convenient components, hence allowing easy transportation and compactness. This makes it the perfect rod to have at the back of the track. The reel is rigged for left-hand retrieving as most of the fishermen cast with their right hand.

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