Written by: Randy Dix
[Editor’s Note: Here’s an email from angler Randy Dix to Orvis chairman Leigh Perkins.]
I am an old (aging) friend of Rick Ruoff who introduced me to Mangrove Cay nearly three decades ago. Since then, we have kept in touch across the years.
I saw Rick this summer and told him that I had departed from my unnecessarily large stock of [REDACTED] fly rods to purchase a 5-weight Helios 2. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about Orvis’s touting of this rod, having been wedded to the [REDACTED] forever.
So I took it out with a guide friend on the Missouri, attached to a Hatch reel, and fished it during an evening caddis hatch in late July. It might be an exaggeration to say that it was transforming, but I can tell you that I use the Helios 2 exclusively when fishing either dry flies or nymphs on my home waters. Its lightness and casting accuracy have made me a believer—enough so that I intend to replace my older, heavier-weight rods with the comparable Helios 2s.
Your rod has taken my fishing to a new direction. Seriously, it casts effortlessly, allows a very light presentation and is great fun when its mid-flex tip is fighting a hot Missouri River rainbow. Thanks.