The new patent pending Helios fly rod is so far ahead of all other fly rods it skips generations in how a fly rod should feel, cast, and fish. Our steelhead rod is so sublimely light, incredibly responsive, deadly accurate, and just plain easy and enjoyable to cast that to compare it to other graphite rods is like comparing graphite to bamboo. There is no comparison. The Helios is that good. And everyone is noticing. Made in USA.This 10 foot fly rod offers extra length for improved line control and roll casting. Great Lakes and summer steelhead fisherman's dream. Ice cleans out of Recoil guides quickly and easily. A real plus when steelheading or trout fishing in cold conditions.
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Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 25 reviews
23 of 25 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great Rod -
The rod was recommended by my casting instructor along with a few others. Not having the opportunity to try it out beforehand I went online and looked at other reviews for this rod. Although it was the dearest suggested I 'm glad I spent the extra money buying it especially as I bought it at a promotional price although now having used it I would have paid the extra.
Light, but soft tip -
By: JTee from New York, NY
I cast a guide's rod while fishing the upper Delaware. I found that the extra length made the rid feel soft in the tip. I was longing for me 9'6" 6 weight Helios instead.
First Negative Helios Experience -
I now own three Helios rods and while I can honestly say two of them are by far the best rods I've used in over 20 years of fishing, the 10ft 7wt has been a major disappointment. I bought this rod last summer before heading to Alaska thinking it would be versatile for numerous situations and species. Similar to my other Helios rods, it will enable you to effortlessly cast a significant amount of line, but it fails short on its feel and responsiveness as well as accuracy. I've now used this rod on several occasions and tried various line weigts and types hoping my opinion would change but I'm truly disappointed in this particular rod.
The Perfect Steelhead Rod -
By: NNCC from San Jose, CA
Top 10 Contributor
This is absolutely the perfect single-handed Steelhead/Salmon rod on the market. Extremely lightweight, accurate, and does everything you want it to do. Cast it -- it will change your life!
Good power in 10 foot rod -
Top 500 Contributor
I bought this rod to use for GL steelhead. I wanted to replace a 9' 8wt with a 10' rod that could help protect the tippet a bit better. My first attempt at a 10' 7wt left me thinking that a 10 foot rod would not have the backbone to move a few splitshot quickly in a single move. Sure I liked the extra foot for nymphing, but it felt like it added way to much "gelly" to the rod. THEN, I updated to the Helios. Amazing... You get the benefit of a 10' rod but don't loose the control and ability to move a lot of line in the wind. It is by no means stiff. In fact it feels softer than the 9' model. It seems like the perfect balance between play and force. It should be noted that I generally don't like very fast action rods. Even with the "tip" flex, this feels just right. Hopefully I can get this out for schoolie stripers next summer!
A rod that can do it all. -
Top 1000 Contributor
I own this 10 foot 7 weight Helios for two years now. I fish for Atlantic salmon in Quebec, big rainbows on the Lower Sacramento and McCloud and steelhead on the Trinity... This rod can do it all! It is light but well built and solid. It cast wonderfully, I never get tired of using it. I caught 25 to 30 lbs Atlantic salmon with no problem at all, yet it is delicate and pleasant enough to land a 6 lbs steelhead or a 2 to 3 lbs rainbow. I keep bringing many other rods during my fishing trip but always end up using my Helios... I highly recommend that rod!
Awesomely awesome -
By: Haggis from Cleveland, Ohio
Hi, Having grown up on the rivers of Scotland, I bought this rod for use while working in Cleveland Ohio along with a mirage reel. What an incredibly light and quality casting rod, I love it. Perfect for the Steelheads or searching out that elusive trophy fish. Don't try it just buy it!
Simily the best -
By: coach32252 from Lafayette,la.
Top 500 Contributor
I use this rod for bass and redfish--I have never thrown a better rod--matched with Battenkill reel and the bass big bug line----light enough to throw a heavy bass bug all day and still have the power to handle a 6 pound bass or a 8 pound red--the extra length let's you reach that tailing red before he spooks--simily the best rod on the market
A Fine Rod -
By: BKill from Upstate NY
Top 25 Contributor
Pricey? You bet it is, but the Helios 107 is also the finest steelhead stick I've ever had the good pleasure to fish. Actually, it may be the very best rod I've fished ... regardless of length or line weight ... period.
Features of the Saltwater Helios Fly Rod
By Tom Rosenbauer
Two years ago, we set out to make the lightest fly rod in the industry. Part of the problem was that graphite fiber technology, at least the fiber that can be used in a premium fly rod, just has not changed much in the past few years.
But we have a number of new rod designers in our rod shop, young guys who look at things differently than older, more traditional designers. They knew that all the action in composite design is not in fiber technology but in the prepreg and scrim technology—in other words, the stuff that holds the graphite fibers together and the material that gives a finished rod hoop strength, or resistance to crushing. If you can lessen the amount of graphite fiber you need by using improved resin systems, and if you can use a lighter scrim and less of it, you can design a fly rod with less weight.
And this is exactly what they did. Now scrim is pretty un-sexy stuff. All it does is to keep the hollow graphite tube used to construct a rod from collapsing under the pressure of a long cast or a big fish. Unidirectional graphite fiber can’t do that by itself. In ordinary graphite fly rods the scrim is made from fiberglass, which is heavier, less expensive, and not as stiff as graphite. In Zero Gravity fly rods, the fiberglass scrim was replaced by graphite scrim with an epoxy binder, which allowed us to use less material and thus make a much lighter rod.
New Technology from the Space Satellite Industry
Building upon our Zero Gravity’s exclusive thermoplastic resin technology, which is stronger and lighter than the epoxy resins used to make traditional fly rods, the designers found an exciting new scrim in the space satellite industry. This unidirectional graphite scrim with a thermoplastic binder gives us the same strength in our rods, but uses much less material. We reduced the weight on our new Heliosblanks by 25% less than our already lightweight Zero Gravity blanks. Then the rod team designed, from scratch, new reel seats that would keep the 25% weight reduction throughout the entire rod.
So, they came up with the lightest rod we’ve ever designed. I was pretty excited. Lighter rods are more fun and less tiring, but could this really make someone cast better or put a fly someplace they never could before?
New Design Coupled with New Technology
Then I got a chance to cast one of these rods. “Whoa,” I thought. “This is an amazingly light rod and it wiggles nice, but this thing feels really different.” And it wasn’t just the weight. When I asked Andy Stone and Frank Hoard, the new designers, and Jim Logan, VP and head engineer in our rod shop, I found out why. The new material had given them the opportunity to take advantage of a new taper, a steeper and faster taper that was not stiffer, just more responsive and powerful.
Accuracy and Control for Freshwater Casting
So these Helios rods were fun on the casting pond. What would they feel like in real fishing conditions? I took a 4-weight to the Delaware River for trout fishing and tried it over some of the snottiest brown trout I’ve ever tangled with. That rod would put the fly just where I wanted it to go, almost like ESP. I took a 9-foot, 5-weight to Idaho’s South Fork, and the most amazing aspect of the rod’s performance was that I could switch from pounding the banks with size 8 Chernobyl Ants and then switch to tossing PMDs over finicky cutthroats on 6X with the same rod—and it still maintained the same control and accuracy in both cases.
Power for Casting Large Flies for Saltwater
Then I took a 10-weight striper fishing for big June fish on Cape Cod. It handled big stripers and big poppers in the wind like nothing I’d ever used, and after 10 hours of casting, my arm was not the slightest bit tired. The 10-weight then came along with me to Rhode Island in search of small bluefin tuna in August. The bluefins were not around, but the rod helped me make some quick, precise long casts into the wind for some nice bonito that were blowing up the surface but only gave you a few seconds to make a presentation before they steamed away.
Our testers have had the rods on trout all over the world, tarpon, snook, bonefish, redfish, and many other species. The universal reaction is that for hardcore anglers who fish on the edge and demand the most out of their equipment, Helios sets the standard for the next generation of graphite fly rods. Personally, I think they’ll make plain old backyard trout fishing a lot more fun as well.