Helios 2 7-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

This 7 weight switch fly rod covers a wide range of situations.


  • 4⅞ oz. 4-piece
  • 11' 7-wt.
  • Tip Flex
  • 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 tube
  • Backed by our 25-year guarantee

The sun's glow peeks over the misty horizon, imminent and immense. In front of you is liquid glass, the only movement the occasional wave lapping the cobbles beneath your feet. Salt is in the air. Just as soon as you find solitude on this stretch of beach, a betraying swirl points to the existence of fish. As you reach both hands over your head to cast into the blue-gray water, thoughts of your job, your responsibilities, and your worries vanish. In that moment, all you care about are the fish, whatever they may be. Get 11 feet closer to discovery. Let the Helios 2 be your guide. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.

Rod outfit includes:

  • Helios 2 117-4 Tip-Flex Fly Rod
  • Mirage V Reel - Black nickel
  • Hydros 3D Switch line
  • 225 yards of 30-lb. Dacron backing
  • Rod tube
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    Helios 2 7-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 7.
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    Rated 5 out of 5 by from BETTER THAN YOU THINK IT WILL BE I have fished the 11' 7wt switch for a couple of years now, from guiding with it in Alaska for rainbows, dolly's, silvers, pinks, reds, dogs and even a couple of accidental kings, to steelheading Oregon, and am still blown away by how good it is. So light in hand, casts like a dream and can handle heavy tips and big flies when you ask it to. So good I have ordered the 11' 6wt for summer steelhead and trout.
    Date published: 2015-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect steelhead rod. I recently purchased the 11 foot 7 weight switch for the purpose of steelheading on the great lakes tributaries. The first day out I knew the rod was perfect. It loads effortlessly, and when indicator fishing or nymphing it roll casts beautifully. I use the same rod to swing streamers n paired with the right line and tip there isn't a better all around rod for steelhead. I'm going back to get the 10 food 8 wt h2 for single hand steelhead and salmon fishing. Oh, and when I'm asked what kind of rod I'm using I get the same response every time, ooooooooooooh! Worth every penny!
    Date published: 2015-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Versatile Steelhead are fish in an ever changing environment. An angler pursuing such a fish not only needs to be versatile and adapt to different water conditions but also needs the proper tool to do so. Want to skate a dry in the morning? Or dredge a bunny leech with T-14? How 'bout lob an indicator rig to the far seam across the river? No problem. This rod can easily handle any situation that comes its way for most small to medium sized rivers. I've found this rod can handle a great variety of lines in a pretty large grain window. I've experimented with a variety of skagit, scandi and switch lines in the 420-510 grain window and the rod performed flawlessly chucking big flies with an intermediate skagit head, and delicately placing dries with a floating scandi... Truly impressive. Another great aspect of the rod is sensitivity. Due to the lightweight construction and materials, I can easily feel minute current pressures, telling me to make changes in line and rod position, controlling the speed of the swing. Overall, this micro-spey/switch rod is super-light, balanced, and has great sensitivity while maintaining strength. This is a seriously versatile Steelhead rod!!!
    Date published: 2014-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing experience HELIOS 2 7wt switch. This rod was advised to me by Marlton, NJ retail Store fly fishing manager. He was %100 RIGHT! Recently I have been fishing at Pulaski, NY. I don't want to go deep into details (casting, mending, drift, stripping and etc.). The major part of that rod: 1. lightest switch rod on market; 2. can hold salmon and steelhead on sizes 30" - 40"; 3. not stiff for smaller fish; 4. and the last one (for yours fisherman soul) - you will not believe how many times I heard: "O..O..O..O.. HELIOS2!!!" That "O..O..O..O.." make you feel good... This is not a simple rod, this is my fishing partner!
    Date published: 2014-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beats the competition, two hands down... This is such a great switch/short Spey rod. It is much lighter and more responsive than the other brands that I have tried. One of my guides was so impressed when he tried it, that I didn't think I was going to get it back from him. Two handed casting is so much fun and swinging flies for steelhead, salmon, and big trout is such a blast with this outfit (the Mirage reel is a perfect companion to this rod). Great product.
    Date published: 2014-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thing of Beauty Ridiculously lightweight, effortless casting, and tons of power... just an awesome switch rod. I use this for steelhead fishing in mid-to-large rivers in addition to saltwater striper fishing and perch fishing in the surf. Lightweight so you can cast it and high-stick all day and not get fatigued, super-smooth and easy to cast which comes in handy throwing large streamers and heavy steelhead indicator rigs. I definitely foresee this as the last 7-wt. switch rod I ever buy.
    Date published: 2014-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light Artillery We took this rod out to chase some great lakes steelhead. This rod performed well across the board. From high stick nymphing (euro) to swinging streamers. This rod was sensitive enough to pick up the softest take and strong enough to handle the hardest hit and run. This rod is light in the hand but an absolute cannon. What a pleasure to cast.
    Date published: 2013-11-24
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