Helios 2 8-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

This 8 weight is the ideal all around switch rod for steelhead.


5⅛ oz. 11', 4-piece, Tip Flex fly rod for 8-wt. line.

You stand on the brink of madness, shooting cast after cast through the driving snow in sub-zero temperatures. They say steelhead are the fish of 1,000 casts and, even though you're not counting, you swear you're approaching 5,000. Sometimes, you're not sure why you do it. But in those moments of doubt, visions of wild hens covered in sea lice—living sculptures made of pure sterling silver—scream through your mind, their dazzling pink cheeks and humble beginnings in the very water in which you stand trigger your reflexes. Cast, step, repeat; cast, step, repeat. Then you think to yourself, who's counting anyway? Get 11 feet closer to your next affirmation with the Helios 2. 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 2 118-4 Tip-Flex Fly Rod
  • Mirage V Reel - Black nickel
  • Hydros 3D Switch line
  • 200 yards of 30-lb. Dacron backing
  • Carbon fiber rod tube and cloth rod sack

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  • Reviews

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 3 reviews


    3 of 3 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Great Performance - 9/18/2014

      I recently took the new switch rod and reel to Mongolia for Taimen and it performed magnificently. I cast the rod all day for 7 days with little fatigue. I caught many Taimen with it including one 45". It cast effortlessly for good distance and was extremely reliable on many Taiman fights. It is a very good length and handled better than the Spey rods that I was given to try. I love this rod!!

    • 5/5

      The best rod for steelhead - 1/29/2014
      By: from Brooklyn ,ny

      Having this rod has made me able to fish longer and harded for steelhead in the winter months .

    • 5/5

      Glad to see outfit uses Mirage V - 1/23/2014

      I am glad to see that you are recommending the Mirage V reel with this outfit. I bought the same outfit at one of your stores and the salesman suggested the Mirage IV and it wasn't really large enough to hold a Skagit head. I was new to spey casting and really didn't know any better so I went along with him. After a while it dawned on me that maybe I should have bought a bigger diameter reel. He replaced it for a Mirage V but was just a little bit chippy about it. I had some difficulties with my H2 8 wt switch too (it broke in the same place twice), and he kind of insinuated that maybe I didn't know what I was doing and that he has sold a lot of these outfits and none of his customers have had trouble except me. Although he replaced the products he made it seem like he was doing me a big favor when he did it. I like Orvis products but now will do business with my local fly shop. They are just so much easier to do business with, seem so much more grateful when I spend money with them, and are so much more knowledgeable than the factory store employee in question.

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    • Helios 2 8-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex $885.00
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