Helios™ 6-weight 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex

Our Helios 9' 6-weight is a great streamer and nymphing fly fishing rod. Made in USA.


2 1/2 oz. 9', 4-piece, Mid-Flex fly fishing rod for 6-wt. line.

We set out on an adventure to make the world's lightest fly fishing rod. Along the way, we also made the world's best.

While dry flies are the consummate way to catch trout, we often need to go deep with weight and bigger flies to catch trout. The new patent pending Helios 9-foot 6-weight gives you the strength and length to properly cast, mend and drift heavy nymphs and streamers, but because of the remarkable Helios technology eliminates the compromise in dry fly fishing. This rod will do both beautifully and is the perfect rod for big rivers and streams where a variety of techniques are necessary. If ever there was a perfect rod for fishing a dry with a dropper, the Helios 906 is it. Precise casts even at distance and the ability to reach out and control your line for perfect drifts. The remarkable light weight and responsiveness still gives you the tippet protection and the joy of feeling the fish in the fight. This is a big water trout rod taken to a level never before realized. Made in USA.

Rod outfit includes:

  • ZG Helios™ 906-4 Mid Flex 7.5 Fly Rod
  • Mirage III Reel - Gold
  • Hydros Trout Line WF6 - Yellow
  • 125 yards of 20lb Dacron backing
  • Carbon fiber rod tube and cloth rod sack

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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 14 reviews


14 of 14 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Fab rod - 10/17/2012
    By: from Glos

    This is definately the best fly rod that i have ever used, in my 40 years of fishing.... Thanks

  • 5/5

    Best fly rod ever - 5/7/2012
    By: from Tennessee

    I have been fly fishing since I was a young boy. My wife purchased this rod for my 40th birthday. It is absolutely the best fly rod I have ever used. The cast is nearly effortless because the rod does all of the work. It allows you to feel everything and still has the backbone you need to land the bigger fish.

  • 5/5

    Helios Mid. Flex 7.5 9ft - 8/14/2011
    By: from Germany
    Top 25 Contributor

    I bought this rod for heavier nymphs and small to medium sized trout streamers. The craftsmenship is very high and the cork is also very good. This Mid Flex 7.5 version of the 6wt is on the faster side of Mid Flex. When lane casting with the Easy Mend WF 6wt line it feels right. If you want to slow the rod down a little I would recommend a TT Nymph Taper 6wt line. This Helios rod is not an in close small stream rod. BUT it is very versatile as it handles smaller (down to 16) flies as nicely as larger #8/#6 trout streamers or nymph rigs. It acts with authority here and with the appropriate nymph/ stremaer as a weight the rod works also nicely within the first 15 ft. I can only highly recommend this rod for all nymph and streamer fishing. I you let the rod work 60-80 ft casts are possible for everybody. You can feel every take or bounce of the fly. I recommend this rod highly.

  • 5/5

    The Perfect Rod! - 3/3/2010
    By: from London

    The best rod money can buy, without question. I was and still am amazed with my T3. The Helios though, is lighter, more powerful, accurate and casts further. The moment you touch one of these rods you'll understand rod perfection. See roytroutbum's review of this rod I agree with everything he says, it looks and feels gorgeous, such a joy to use that you won't want to stop fishing, and you will love this rod more than anything you've ever known. I am biased of course, I love the quality and feel of Orvis gear but, if you only ever buy one rod make it one of these you will not regret it.

  • 5/5

    first cast -> fish - 9/23/2009

    When I went to down to the Isar river in Munich, Germany with my brand new ZG Helios 906-4 mid I decided to try dry flies even though I hardly saw fish feeding at the surface. With my very first cast with the new rod I cought a rainbow with about 55cm (some 21 inches - carefully released). I found that awesome since I hadn't much time to get used to the new rod except the time I spent with it at the store where I bought it - and in the park... The trouts at that particular spot tend to be picky, the water was clear and the surface was calm. The cast obviously was good enough... I spent the whole day out at the stream and there was no sign of fatigue. I casted farer then before and tried nymphing and streamer-fishing, too - all just beautifully easy with this peace of equipment.

  • 5/5

    Nice Salmon Rod - 9/8/2009
    By: from SLC, UT
    Top 1000 Contributor

    Who needs an 8 wt rod. This baby handled Salmon up to 25 lb without problems on my recent trip to SE Alaska. Best part is it's so light your arm will never tire of casting.

  • 5/5

    Worth Ever Penny - 8/5/2009

    When I got this rod for a fly fishing trip to Montana and I loved it! While some Orvis rods are bad at shaking out slack, this one is very good at it. Not to mention this thing has no weight to it at all. It is super light, and it is tough. It is also good for when you will be hiking into fishing areas. If you are looking for a good rod, this is your rod!

  • 5/5

    Stronger than I imagined! - 7/29/2009
    By: from Virginia

    This past June on a family vacation, I found myself on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Wading the crystal clear flats for carp. It was a far cry from fishing the mountain streams at home for native trout, but a lot of fun to say the least! After spotting several large carp cruising a along the shore, I began to doubt that I had enough rod to handle a fish that size. I would soon find out that I was wrong. I knew my 906-4 mid-flex Helios was more than up for the task when I got my first fish to the shore. At 30 plus inches and 20 lbs, I never doubted the rods strength again. With the sensitivity to gently lay out a tiny dry fly to a picky trout and the strength to bomb large streamers into a harsh great lakes wind, this rod does it all. Extremely Light, Extremely Sensitive, and Extremely Strong! I couldn't be more satisfied with this rod!

  • 5/5

    Excellent performer - 7/3/2009
    By: from Seaford DE

    Having been flyfishing for only 2 years my observations and exposure to all that is available has been limited. I started with a 100 dollar Temple Fork, moved to a TLS, then got a Zero G and finally a Helios. My comparsion is to the rods noted and can be summed up simply as this "Cast like a rocket with the precision of a surgeon". No matter the type of cast, forward, roll, side arm or back hand all are presented with confidence and precision. Using a 6 wt rod I have landed 7 pound large mouth bass and 8 oz trout. The rod provides a solid precise feel that makes everything fun to catch.

  • 5/5

    Top Ten Reasons Not To buy A Helios - 4/1/2009
    By: from Williamsburg, MA

    I have sold all my other rods in order to get my three Helios rods. I am now a self-proclaimed expert on Helios---so Listen Up if you are thinking about acquiring one. There are issues you should be aware of: 10 - Think of all the good stream time you will waste hypnotically staring like a lovesick teenager at your beautiful Helios and fondling it instead of fishing. 9 - You will miss many strikes because you will be so amazed at the extra distance you achieve that your attention will be distracted. 8 - The overwhelming desire to cuddle and speak baby-talk to a fly rod will make you look very, very foolish on the stream. 7 - Your significant other will not be happy when you want to take your Helios to bed with you. 6 - The Helios is so tough and forgiving that you may become recklessly overconfident about warding off bears, moose, coyotes, etc., with your 6-weight. 5 - You will put down many fish within easy casting distance by constantly going for the ones way-the-heck out there--simply because you can now reach them with your Helios. 4 - You will lose many flies in the bushes on the opposite bank---something you never had to be worried about before. 3 - You will fish much longer and later due to lack of fatigue, have to invest in better flashlights and be late for more dinners requiring a more plausible explanation than “I love my Helios.” 2 - The Helios is so light and casting is so effortless that you must beware of traumatic changes to your life-style caused by the compelling, overwhelming and irresistible urge to be out there fishing all the time---your family may not understand. 1 - Your fly fishing friends and other anglers may become irrationally jealous, creating Bad Karma---forcing you into becoming a solitary angler---hey, maybe that's not so bad. Go ahead, buy the Helios---you only live once, but don't say I didn't warn you!


ZG Helios from Orvis: The World's Lightest Fly Rod Awaits Your Best Cast

Features of the Freshwater Helios Fly Rod

  • greatest feel of action for more accurate and longer casts
  • superior sensitivity and responsiveness
  • the strongest fly rod on the market
  • loads quickly, crisply, but nimbly
  • supremely-balanced feel
  • unmatched fish-fighting power
  • better tracking for dry flies and nymphing
  • smoother transition of power
  • reduced casting fatigue
  • exclusive first-ever thermoplastic, thermoset resins from tip to butt
  • Precision Power Taper™
  • woven graphite & gold-anodized aluminum reel seat
  • recoil guides
  • titanium frame stripping guide with NanoLite® ceramic insert
  • translucent-olive finish
  • highest grade cork handle
  • woven-graphite rod tube
  • made in Manchester, Vermont


ZG Helios from Orvis: The World's Lightest Fly Rod Awaits Your Best Cast

Tom Rosenbauer with a Helios Fly RodBy Tom Rosenbauer

Two years ago, we set out to make the lightest fly rod in the industry. Part of the problem was that graphite fiber technology, at least the fiber that can be used in a premium fly rod, just has not changed much in the past few years.

But we have a number of new rod designers in our rod shop, young guys who look at things differently than older, more traditional designers. They knew that all the action in composite design is not in fiber technology but in the prepreg and scrim technology—in other words, the stuff that holds the graphite fibers together and the material that gives a finished rod hoop strength, or resistance to crushing. If you can lessen the amount of graphite fiber you need by using improved resin systems, and if you can use a lighter scrim and less of it, you can design a fly rod with less weight.

And this is exactly what they did. Now scrim is pretty un-sexy stuff. All it does is to keep the hollow graphite tube used to construct a rod from collapsing under the pressure of a long cast or a big fish. Unidirectional graphite fiber can’t do that by itself. In ordinary graphite fly rods the scrim is made from fiberglass, which is heavier, less expensive, and not as stiff as graphite. In Zero Gravity fly rods, the fiberglass scrim was replaced by graphite scrim with an epoxy binder, which allowed us to use less material and thus make a much lighter rod.

New Technology from the Space Satellite Industry

Building upon our Zero Gravity’s exclusive thermoplastic resin technology, which is stronger and lighter than the epoxy resins used to make traditional fly rods, the designers found an exciting new scrim in the space satellite industry. This unidirectional graphite scrim with a thermoplastic binder gives us the same strength in our rods, but uses much less material. We reduced the weight on our new Heliosblanks by 25% less than our already lightweight Zero Gravity blanks. Then the rod team designed, from scratch, new reel seats that would keep the 25% weight reduction throughout the entire rod.

The New Zero Gravity and Helios Construction

So, they came up with the lightest rod we’ve ever designed. I was pretty excited. Lighter rods are more fun and less tiring, but could this really make someone cast better or put a fly someplace they never could before?

New Design Coupled with New Technology

Then I got a chance to cast one of these rods. “Whoa,” I thought. “This is an amazingly light rod and it wiggles nice, but this thing feels really different.” And it wasn’t just the weight. When I asked Andy Stone and Frank Hoard, the new designers, and Jim Logan, VP and head engineer in our rod shop, I found out why. The new material had given them the opportunity to take advantage of a new taper, a steeper and faster taper that was not stiffer, just more responsive and powerful.

Accuracy and Control for Freshwater Casting

So these Helios rods were fun on the casting pond. What would they feel like in real fishing conditions? I took a 4-weight to the Delaware River for trout fishing and tried it over some of the snottiest brown trout I’ve ever tangled with. That rod would put the fly just where I wanted it to go, almost like ESP. I took a 9-foot, 5-weight to Idaho’s South Fork, and the most amazing aspect of the rod’s performance was that I could switch from pounding the banks with size 8 Chernobyl Ants and then switch to tossing PMDs over finicky cutthroats on 6X with the same rod—and it still maintained the same control and accuracy in both cases.

Power for Casting Large Flies for Saltwater

Then I took a 10-weight striper fishing for big June fish on Cape Cod. It handled big stripers and big poppers in the wind like nothing I’d ever used, and after 10 hours of casting, my arm was not the slightest bit tired. The 10-weight then came along with me to Rhode Island in search of small bluefin tuna in August. The bluefins were not around, but the rod helped me make some quick, precise long casts into the wind for some nice bonito that were blowing up the surface but only gave you a few seconds to make a presentation before they steamed away.

Our testers have had the rods on trout all over the world, tarpon, snook, bonefish, redfish, and many other species. The universal reaction is that for hardcore anglers who fish on the edge and demand the most out of their equipment, Helios sets the standard for the next generation of graphite fly rods. Personally, I think they’ll make plain old backyard trout fishing a lot more fun as well.

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