Helios 2 8-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

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


  • Helios 2 8-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
  • The most complete and versatile big-game fly rod we've ever produced
  • 3¼ oz. 4-piece
  • 9’ 8-wt.
  • Tip-Flex
  • 20% stronger than the original Helios fly rod
  • 20% lighter in hand
  • 100% increase in tip-impact strength
  • Fine-tuned tapers for unrivaled tracking, accuracy, and lifting power
  • Backed by our 25-year guarantee

The Helios 8-wt; strong, light in the hand, and deadly accurate. Swing steelhead flies in sub-zero weather or toss Crazy Charlies in triple-digit temperatures; the H2 doesn't care. He's hungry for big flies, big water, and even bigger fish. Give him what he wants. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.

Rod outfit includes:

  • Helios 2 908-4 Tip-Flex Fly Rod
  • Mirage IV Reel - Black nickel
  • Hydros Saltwater All-Rounder Line
  • 200 yards of 20lb Dacron backing
  • Made-in-USA aluminum rod tube and cloth rod sack

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Helios 2 8-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 20.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Rod This was hands down the best purchase I've made in a long time! I shouldn't have waited as long as I did to get this 8 weight Helios II rod! Light, smooth and powerful! This absolultly is a game changer! Orvis' customer service and guarantee makes the purchase very easy and comfortable. I would buy again and plan on recommending Helios saltwater rods to all!
Date published: 2016-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I am a lucky man! I got a Helios 2 for big "50" birthday present. I've been fly fishing for about 30 years now, and didn't think I would notice much of a difference...my jaw drops over and over each time I break this baby out. I catch myself saying wow over and over. Casting is so smooth and much easier launching big bass flies. I've had to re-calibrate how much muscle I put into casts...I'm getting 15-20' more distance from same power. Love this rod!!!!
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a rocket launcher Great rod to add to my H2 arsenal (4-wt and 5-wt). Took advantage of the "Broken Rod Upgrade" thoughtfully offered by Tom at the Orvis store in Worthington. Thanks, Tom!
Date published: 2015-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Not just a great rod but great service. I took the upgrade having broken a Clearwater rod and had 5 star service from start to finish. Have to say the Clearwater for the price was a wonderful rod but I've moved to the gulf from freshwater, the Clearwater was jammed in a door that slammed behind me so no fault of the rod, Wt 8 -9ft- flex tip is just shooting line and begging the reel for more, need to take it easy with the double haul. I want a Wt 6 now.
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Noticeable difference. Killer rod. I put off buying the H2 for a couple of reasons: first, it's a pricey rod, and second, I was pretty happy with my Sage Xi3 and my Orvis Access 8 and 9 wt. rods. On my recent fishing trip to Destin, FL I was using the Sage Xi3 9 wt and my son the Access. On the second day of fishing the Access snapped. We went to the Orvis store in Destin where I plopped down the difference to upgrade to the Helios H2. Back on the water two hours later I was hooked. You just can't tell how great the H2 is until you are on water. WOW! For the rest of the trip I relegated my son to the Xi3 and I kept the H2. The feel, the distance, the tracking.... I've never cast a salt water rod that even came close. Even quick direction changes from far to close distances are effortless. My Xi3 doesn't compare. Finally I get the feel of a high-end trout rod with the power of a salt rod--something I just didn't think possible before I got the H2.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best I own and have owned several fly rods. some customer, some Sage. The Helios 2 is the best casting 8 wt I have ever thrown. I have broken a few over the years with falls and accidents. the warranty is the best in the business. This rod is a perfect choice for windy conditions . I have fished from the bahamas for bones, spring wyoming for trout and Alaska for bows and silvers, and this rod can handle all of it with pleasure. Worth the investment!
Date published: 2015-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best 8wt ever PERIOD I bought this rod towards the end of 2012, but I did not wanted to make the review until I had made this rod bend more times that I could count. I am a serious fan of g loomis and sage but when it comes to eight weights, nothing replaces my helios 2. I have caught hundreds of bones, bass, trout, boxfish, snook, tarpon, 2 permit, snapper, bluefin trevally, triggerfish and this rod has never let me down. I have recomended this rod to anybody that needs a new 8wt or that is just looking for fly rod awesomeness. Great job orvis!
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Sweet Rod I bought this to fish for silvers and chums around here. This is one terrific rod. Easy to cast but terrific line speed. The light weight makes it feel and cast as if it were a 6 weight. Like my other Helios 2's, this is going to be a long-term fishing companion for me. Well done, Orivs - again.
Date published: 2014-11-08
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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 8-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex $850
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