Helios™ 5-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

You will be blown away by the feel of the best 5 weight fly rod. Made in USA.


2 3/8 oz. 9', 4-piece, Tip-Flex fly rod for 5-wt. line.

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

Helios technology--with its incredible power-to-weight ratio--offers a new version of the 9-foot-5-weight fly rod with performance characteristics that are astounding. It feels like a 3-weight and yet has the ability to throw long casts in the wind across big water and fight big fish like no other 5-weight on the market. With its modern Tip Flex action, this rod is the gold standard by which all other trout rods will be measured. If you haven't cast this rod yet, make sure you do, as its performance can only be appreciated in use. Made in USA. The fast-action Tip-Flex is the go-to rod for big water and big trout.

Rod outfit includes:

  • ZG Helios™ 905-4 Tip Flex 9.5 Fly Rod
  • Mirage II Reel - Gold
  • Hydros Trout Flyline WF5 - Yellow
  • 100 yards of 20lb Dacron backing
  • Carbon fiber rod tube and cloth rod sack

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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 33 reviews


33 of 33 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Best Purchase Ever!!! - 12/25/2012
    By: from Bled, Slovenia

    Without doubt, if you can afford it, do it!!! The the best fly rod that I bought ever!!!! I do not know why I wait so long to buy it!

  • 5/5

    The lightest fly rod ever made. - 11/29/2012
    By: from Phoenix, AZ
    Top 250 Contributor

    I've had two Orvis Helios 5wt fly rods for over two years now. I bought a second one because I wanted my back up fly rod to be just as good. By far one of the best and lightest fly rods ever made. If you spend a lot of time fly fishing, this fly rod will keep you on the water longer and reduce your arm from getting tired from casting. The Orvis Helios fly rod is worth ever penny to a beginner and/or season fly fisher who wants to get the most out of every hour spent on the water doing what we love most.

  • 5/5

    What more can I say?? - 11/19/2012
    By: from Llanarmon Yn Ial, Near the River Dee, North Wales
    Top 250 Contributor

    Just the best, if you can afford it, do it, Without doubt... total magic!!

  • 5/5

    My first Helios - 8/19/2012
    By: from Medellín - Colombia

    I'm happy using my new Helios (the first one). It has the best weight / speed relation. I used it for 12 continuous hours and ended up not tired.

  • 5/5

    Perfect - 7/1/2012
    By: from Eugene, OR

    This rod feels perfect. The rod is fast and extremely accurate. I notice how well the rod casts when casting heavy wolly buggers. The rod bombed the big fly like it was a much lighter fly. Expensive, but worth the money.

  • 5/5

    AMAZING ROD - 6/1/2012
    By: from Va

    Just another long limber stick, right? Well, that is what I thought until I did the test cast at the store. The rod is amazingly sensitive and yet has handled some pretty good fish on my latest trip. Like the guy at the store said, "You don't want to try one unless your ready to spend the money". It really is the best rod I have ever used.

  • 5/5

    epitomizes the quality that Heliuos now represents - 5/24/2012
    By: from New York, NY

    Casts like a dream. Light, responsive. A really nice rod. Compares well to anything out there.

  • 5/5

    THE BEST - 12/19/2011
    By: from Colorado Springs CO

    I have had my Helios for about 2 1/2 years now and I have to say it is still my baby when it comes to my fly rods. I own several brands of rods and have two orvis rods, TLS and my Helios. Hands down I just cant get enough of my Helios. This past weekend on the Arkansas River below Pueblo I was amazed again at how the rods was just chucking a size 8 Slump Buster to the oppisite bank. Man it was a great day of fishing, The lightness, the power, the BEST.

  • 5/5

    Light and accurate - 7/10/2011
    By: from Louisiana

    I had the Orvis store attendant rig up an Access 10' as well as a 9' Helios 5 wt., in order to try both out. The Acess was indeed a very nice and easy to cast rod...the attendant said, "Now try the Helios." Wow....light but more importantly it was a dream to cast and incredibly accurate. Lawn casting with a 10 -12 mph head wind I picked out a small leaf on the lawn approx. 70 feet away and told the guy I would try to hit it...bounced the yarn off the leaf. Figured it must be luck and tried 3 more times...each time landing the yarn within 6 inches of the leaf. Effortless to cast, as the rod loads like a dream. I recommend the Helios to anyone..and feel confident that you are doing business with the very best when it comes to quality and service.

  • 5/5

    Great Rod! - 11/14/2010
    By: from Cleveland, OH
    Top 250 Contributor, Expert

    I got this rod for a trip I had planned while traveling our west. The rod is surprisingly light. I am always amazed at the light weight of these rods. We traveled 1400 miles in 7 days, fishing 12 streams, and catching 8 different species of trout....this rod excelled in everything we did!


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

Features of the Freshwater Helios Fly Rod

  • greatest feel of action for more accurate and longer casts
  • superior sensitivity and responsiveness
  • the strongest fly rod on the market
  • loads quickly, crisply, but nimbly
  • supremely-balanced feel
  • unmatched fish-fighting power
  • better tracking for dry flies and nymphing
  • smoother transition of power
  • reduced casting fatigue
  • exclusive first-ever thermoplastic, thermoset resins from tip to butt
  • Precision Power Taper™
  • woven graphite & gold-anodized aluminum reel seat
  • recoil guides
  • titanium frame stripping guide with NanoLite® ceramic insert
  • translucent-olive finish
  • highest grade cork handle
  • woven-graphite rod tube
  • made in Manchester, Vermont


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.

To have this rod personalized, please call 800-548-9548 or contact us via Live Chat and our experts will be happy to assist you.

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