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

An all around fly rod that has versatility written all over it.


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

If there were a Hall of Fame for fly rod models, the 8'6", 5-weight would have been voted in unanimously. One of the most popular lengths and weights in the world, the fine-tuned Helios 2 tapers breathe new life into a beloved classic. From small-stream boulder hopping to launching rubber-legged foam-bodied hoppers from a boat, this fast-action Helios 2 will finally let you retire all the other 8'6" 5-weights you own and help you rediscover why you started fly fishing in the first place. This Helios 2 will be your new first love. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.

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 Tip-Flex Fly Rod
  • Mirage II Reel - Black nickel
  • Hydros WF5 line
  • 100 yards of 20lb Dacron backing
  • Carbon fiber rod tube and cloth rod sack

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  • Reviews

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


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

    • 5/5

      Amazing. - 12/23/2013

      Last november I took this rod to Patagonia. It was wind and the trout were feeding below the surface. The guide asked me to wade with him to the middle of the river and cast droppers under the trees. I´m not used to wade so the further I could go had to cast around 15 meters with precision, spey roll casting, droppers and with the wind! The H2 # 5 8'6" performed perfectly and we landed around 8 nice 20 inch plus fish from under those green leafs. This was the first day of the trip and I could go back home because I was "fished". Just an amazing rod. Fishing locally on a pond, the pacu (fish) always stay in the middle of the lake, around 35 meters from the bank. Casting the whole line is easier with this rod. Great fighting too.

    • 5/5



    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" Fly Rod—Tip Flex $795.00
    • Outfit - includes Mirage II reel, Hydros WF5 line $1,319.00 Sale: $1,219.00
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