Helios 2 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod—Mid Flex

The Helios 2 is the best fly rod the world has ever seen. Made in USA.


2¼ oz. 8'6", 4-piece, Mid-Flex fly rod for 5-wt. line.

You see that brown trout gently sipping sulphurs in the back eddy over there? He's not going to catch himself. Tie on a cripple, put on some floatant, and make sure you have this Helios 2 in your hands. The rest is academic. Lighter in hand than the original Helios, and with unrivaled tracking ability, this medium-action 5-weight feels just as home on the Madison or Snake as it does on that little brook running through the woods by your house. This all around trout fly rod will handle flies, fish, and rivers—large or small—with equal aplomb and sensitivity. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.

Why would we take the world's best fly rod and change it? The answer is simple. We're driven by constant improvement. Put this rod in your hands and feel the rush. You'll completely understand.

  • 20% stronger than the original Helios
  • 20% lighter in hand
  • 100% increase in tip-impact strength
  • Fine-tuned tapers for unrivaled tracking, accuracy, and lifting power

    Rod outfit includes:

  • Helios 2 865-4 Mid-Flex Fly Rod
  • Mirage II Reel - Black nickel
  • Hydros WF5 Trout line
  • 100 yards of 20lb Dacron backing
  • Made-in-USA aluminum rod tube and cloth rod sack

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  • Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 12 reviews


    12 of 12 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Fabulous Rod - 4/26/2015

      Beautiful, great craftsmanship, extremely lightweight, easy to handle, tight loops, accurate even at long distances, even handles well in moderate winds. Exceeded expectations. Love it!!!

    • 5/5

      The best rod I ever owned - 4/21/2015
      By: from Rochester,NY

      For Xmas 2014 My wife gave me the Helios 2 5 wt 8'6". Since I live in the Northest the snow finally melted and last week I was able to take the rod out for a pratice session. I was blown away. It was like holding a straw that you could cast a line 25-30 ft with zero effort. I have 7 now 8 Orvis rods andthis is THE BEST!! The combination of this rod and the newHyros line makes this an unbeatable piece of equipment.

    • 5/5

      HEAVENLY HELIOS - 12/18/2014
      By: from NEW YORKN NY


    • 5/5

      Best Purchase Ever - 9/19/2014
      By: from Iowa City, IA

      Rod casts like a dream! Accurate at all distances. Very forgiving to setting up with line weights above or below it's rating. Casts great on windy days as well. Well apportioned and cork has a great feel. Can't get any better.

    • 5/5

      Simply Flawless - 8/18/2013
      By: from Bernardsville, NJ

      Just got my rod in the mail today! The second it got into my hand I knew it was something special. Not only does it come in a really cool case the weight and detail are just outright ridiculous. Brought it down the road to the closest pond to test it out and caught the biggest bass all summer for me. I was able to reach every part of the pond with extreme casting precision and distance. Great product

    • 5/5

      Better the 2nd time around - 7/22/2013
      By: from Spring Creek Country, PA
      Top 500 Contributor

      where the helios fell short the H2 is long. this feel of this rod is much more pronounced over the original helios. you can feel what the rod is doing more. This "feel" translates to better timing on your loading and power moves in your cast. The "feel" also translates into accuracy as you can tell where the rod tip is pointing. that said this is the first "modern" rod I have used that I feel has struck the balance between old and new graphite. Some of you will understand when I say this rod is slow where you want it to be and fast where you need it to be. I highly recommend demoing this rod to the discerning casting. Throw out all the hype about this ONE or talk about that ONE. Go cast the H2, FEEL the difference. I took two of these rods to a famous casting school in the catskills this spring and students and teachers were impressed. we set all the rods out in a field and rotated through them all. Winston, Sage, Hardy, Scott, TFO, you name it it was there. At the end of the session I could feel the difference in hand and see the result in the distance and accuracy. But again, don't take my word for it. Talk is cheap, go cast one!

    • 4/5

      Lightest fly rod I've ever fished - 6/4/2013
      By: from London, KY

      The Helios 2 is the lightest fly rod I've ever fished. I was very unhappy with a Helios ZG tip flex - would not load at short distances and required overweight line to cast even moderate distances. Orvis's 100% guarantee allowed me to exchange it for the Helios 2 in mid-flex. This rod is much more responsive and a true five wts rod.

    • 5/5

      The best rod ever! - 5/19/2013
      By: from Pawlet, VT
      Top 250 Contributor

      This rod is simply incredible. I previously owned a Helios ZG and really loved it, the H2 takes the brilliance of the ZG and refines it to literally be a perfect rod. After having an issue with a cracked ferrule on the ZG I was able to get store credit towards an H2. Orvis modified the taper of the rod on the H2 from the original and the balance in hand feels much better. This is the perfect rod for tossing dries. Although it excels with dries it still has enough fortitude to huck some fat streamers or tandem nymph rigs with a heap of split shot. I absolutely love the custom woodwork below the cork, which is unique to every rod. The photo in the catalog does not come close to doing this curly wood inset justice, you must see it in person! I picked up one of the new Battenkill II rods in gunmetal/nickel and its a beautiful match.

    • 5/5

      Mid flex works for me. - 5/19/2013
      By: from Sweet Home, OR
      Top 100 Contributor

      I have a good tip flex rod that has never been comfortable for me. I can actually feel the mid flex load and casting loops are much closer and easier to control. Oregon streams open next weekend and I am excited to try actual fishing with the rod. I bought the rod as an outfit and that will be the test of Mirage reel and line.

    • 5/5

      Awesome!! - 3/28/2013
      By: from Pa

      Hands down, one of the best fly rods I have used! Along with its sharp looks, it's extremely light and casts to perfection. Highly recommended.


    Best in Class, as judged by the Gear Institute, 2012.
    Recipient of an Editor's Choice Award from Fly Fusion magazine, 2012.
    Winner of Fly Fisherman magazine's Best New Rod Series award, 2013.
    Winner of Men's Journal Gear of the Year Award, 2012.
    Winner of American Angler's Gear of the Year Award as one of the best new fly-fishing products chosen by the magazine's editorial staff.
    Trout and Salmon Recommends for 2013. Recipient of "Recommended for 2013" award from Trout & Salmon magazine.
    Gray’s Best is considered one of the most prestigious sporting product awards and is chosen by the editors and staff at Gray’s Sporting Journal.
    Winner of the Trident Fly Fishing Poseidon Award and the 2014 5-weight Shootout.

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    • Helios 2 5-weight 8'6" Mid Flex Fly Rod $795.00
    • Outfit - includes Mirage II reel, Hydros Trout line $1,319.00 
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