Helios™ 8-weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit—Tip Flex

Our best-selling flex profile fly rod for bones, reds, stripers, and larger freshwater species.


9', 4-piece, Tip-Flex fly rod for 8-wt. line, 2 7/8 oz.

We set out on an adventure to make the world's lightest fly fishing rod. Along the way, we also made the world's best.

All you need. Ready to go. We've made it easy for you to choose our finest saltwater outfit, complete with the rod, reel loaded with fly line and backing, and a case to protect and store it. Our top–of–the-line components make this the best saltwater fishing outfit possible. It's complete and ready to go fishing.

Outfit includes:

  • The Helios 9' 8-weight Tip Flex – recognized by guides and anglers around the world as the best performing fly rod ever made. Light and perfectly balanced from tip to butt, the Precision Power Taper is a straight steep taper for a smoother transition of power all along the rod, and is made possible by our thermoplastic technology. Find out why Helios is the most coveted fly rod made.
  • The Mirage IV reel – the very finest fly reel we make. Using the same principles employed for the brakes on fighter jets, the fully sealed carbon to stainless drag surface with 16 surfaces on the IV, give smooth, consistent, and infinitely adjustable stopping power from lightly engaged to full stop. Available in gold and black.
  • The Saltwater All–Rounder line – Great for stripers, blues, redfish, snook, bones, plus pike, muskie, and early–season largemouth bass. Compound front taper loads the rod easily and turns over heavy flies in the wind. Hard coating stays firm in tropical heat, while braided multifilament core reduces memory in cold weather.
  • Dacron backing–200 yards of 20–lb. backing.
  • Safe Passage Rod and Reel Case – carries your rod and reel in a handsome and protective case from our popular Safe Passage luggage line. Interior is cut foam designed to cradle each and every component of the outfit in absolute safety.


Overall: 5.0/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 2 reviews

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2 of 2 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    love it - 5/10/2012
    By: from Atlanta, GA

    Coming from a Sage Launch this rod is a whole other animal. Smoother launch, more control over all throughout the rod, yet still sensitive enough to feel from small rainbows to massive tarpons. I do a lot of saltwater fishing, but lately I've been doing a lot more trout fishing in the rivers and I can use this rod for either. I'll probably invest in a 5-6 wt next but it will always be a Helios.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Orvis Does It Right - 6/22/2009

    The Tackle mgr.@ THe Raleigh, NC store is the best I have ever been exposed to in fly shops ANYWHERE. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Because of him, when I purchase a Red Fish rod, it will be the Helios. There are some good rods out there as you know; Sage, RL Winston, etc. But how you market and treat your customers is different. I own Sage and Winstons not to mention my Orvis Flea and Penn's Creek. Your mgr. @ the Raleigh store helped me make up my mind to buy the Helios 8 wt and Battenkill reel. Thanks ORVIS! And Craig too!


ZG Helios from Orvis: The World's Lightest Fly Rod Awaits Your Best Cast

Tom Rosenbauer with a Helios Fly RodBy 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.

The New Zero Gravity and Helios Construction

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.

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