Helios™ 3-weight 7'6" Fly Rod—Mid Flex

Get superb accuracy and delicacy with this spring creek fly rod. Made in USA.

Details

1 3/4 oz. 7'6", 4-piece, Mid-Flex Fly Rod for 3-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.

The new patent pending Helios 3 weight is so innovative and, frankly, so far ahead of all other fly rods it skips generations in how fly rods should feel, cast, and fish. Our 3 weight spring creek fly rod is so sublimely light, incredibly responsive, deadly accurate, and just plain easy and enjoyable to cast that to compare it to other graphite rods is like comparing graphite to bamboo. There is no comparison. The 3-weight Helios fly fishing rods are that good. And everyone is noticing. Made in USA.

Rod outfit includes:

  • ZG Helios™ 3-weight 7'6" Mid-Flex Fly Rod
  • Mirage I Reel - Gold
  • Hydros Superfine WF Floating Line - Willow
  • 50 yards of 20lb Dacron backing
  • Carbon-fiber rod tube and cloth rod sack



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Reviews

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10 of 10 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Small package delivers! - 3/23/2012
    By: from Asheville, NC
    Top 1000 Contributor

    Couldn't be more satisfied with my purchase of the 7'6" 3 wt. I use it in the smaller streams in western North Carolina and on some trophy waters that can produce some large trout. It feels great on small bluegill and can easily handle trout in the 18+ range. I was surprised at how well this rod casts and amazed at its accuracy. Great job on the Helios line Orvis!

  • 5/5

    Believe it, try 7 stars - 2/20/2012
    By: from Medfield, Mass.

    I bought this Helios 3 wt rod last season. With all the superlatives in advertising today. this one deserves everything good that they say. The only negative is that you will neglect all those other rods you were so fond of. It just works better than you expect. That's rare today.

  • 5/5

    Effortless accuracy - 5/27/2011
    By: from Stanley, NC

    I received the Helios 7'6'' 4pc 3 weight as a Christmas present from the love of my life. She totally suprised me with this gift. Since 99.9% of my fly fishing takes place on small Western North Carolina trout streams, the rod length and line weight are ideal. I have an older Rocky Mtn 3wt that I thought that was the real deal, but it nows take a second seat to this new jewel. This is by far the lightest ,most accurate casting fly rod I have ever had in my hand. I was able to fish for hours without even noticing it was even there. I do a lot of high sticking on plunge pools and it was just so effortless. If I had to describe in one word...ACCURATE!! This rod places the fly exactly were you want it. Orvis, you have outdone yourself on this series of rods. One of the cools perks of buying this rod was the that I also got a Large Arbor Battenkill reel to match up with it for free. I see that you get an Access reel when you buy it now. Guys, I know that the price might make the average fisherman say ouch, but you won't regret it! With quality, you only pay once! This is one fly rod that you will be proud to own.

  • 5/5

    skeptical convert - 6/5/2009
    By: from Adirondack Mountains, N.Y.

    I have tried Orvis rods in the past and could never pull the trigger. I recently thought that no rod could match my Winston Boron llt for feel, flex and presentation. The 3wt. Helios has become the rod I reach for first every weekend. It disappears in my hand and casts effortlessly. What has surprised me the most is the improved accuracy of my casting. It seems to follow my thoughts. Great job on this one!! (balances really well with the 1-3 wt BBs reel)

  • 5/5

    2 Weekends 100 Crappie on 3 Wt - 5/4/2009
    By: from NY & NJ Private Lake

    I love this 3 wt rod. Catch a fish on it and you will know why. I caught over 100 crappie using it over a period of 2 weekends. I think that I should buy another rod (6 wt) for my wife so that I can borrow it often.

  • 5/5

    Amazing Rod! - 3/24/2009
    By: from Hamilton, OH

    I just received a Helios rod for my birthday. It weighs next to nothing! A short story about my rod.... I walk up to my favorite stream and cast a size 18 Parachute Adams. A huge (10 pound) brown trout strikes my fly and strips 20 feet of line! Once he is downstream, I am able to take control and land him. Since I am in a public area, I released him. Later, I got home and caught about 13 5 to 8 inch bluegill in my pond. The next day, I grilled them up and had a delicious bluegill dinner. If you want a fly rod. get a Helios!

  • 5/5

    One great rod - 3/14/2009
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    Why I love my Helios rod? My Helios 763-4 3 weight rod is the best looking finest casting rod for small streams and rivers that I have fished. I fish a small river in Ohio the Mad river this river is some what channelized with few pools that hold big browns but for Ohio's standards it is a fine cold water fishery. I have Been fishing this river for a long time with some nice browns under my belt but some thing has always been missing until I picked up this rod and started to fish it. My Helios and I are a perfect pair! this rod is very responsive, it helps me land those finicky trout that have proper table manners and just sip the fly off the waters surface. My Helios also casts very accurately. This rod can help me get to that shy trout that is rising under that impossible low hanging branch." My Helios is amazing, and thats why it will always hold number one in my heart.

  • 5/5

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  • 5/5

    Zero-Gravity - 2/23/2009
    By: from Northern WI

    No florescents, no phones, no faxes. Zero worries, zero stress, zero guilt. The only weight I feel rests not on my shoulders, but lies in my hands. Some would call it Heaven, A few would insist Enlightenment, But for me, its Zero Gravity.

  • 5/5

    A 3 WT. ROD WITH INCREDIBLE PRECISION AND FEEL - 10/29/2008
    By: from EVERETT, WASHINGTON
    Top 250 Contributor

    THIS IS MY 5TH HELIOS AND IT IS UNBELIEVEABLE! I TRIED IT OUT ON THE CASTING POND IN MANCHESTER, VT., EARLIER THIS MONTH AND DECIDED TO ORDER ONE WHEN I GOT HOME. IT HAS THE MOST PRECISION OF ANY 3 WT. I'VE EVER CAST WITH SO MUCH FEEL, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, MAINTAINS GREAT BACKBONE. THIS IS THE ANSWER FOR THE TRADITIONALIST THAT WANTS THE SHORTER ROD FEEL WITH THE NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR FISHING A LIGHT LINE ON SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED STREAMS. IT IS SO DELICATE ON SHORT CASTS, BUT HAS THE ADDED BACKBONE ON THE LONGER CASTS FOR BIGGER FISH, FLIES, WIND, ETC. I CAN EASILY CAST IT 50', THE TAPER IS PERFECT AND IF YOU ARE USED OF FISHING SLOW ACTION RODS AND BAMBOO AND YOU ARE AFRAID OF THE NEW TECHNOLOGY, THIS ROD WILL MAKE YOU A BELIEVER, BECAUSE THERE IS NO COMPROMISING ANYTHING FOR ANYTHING ELSE. THIS ROD HAS THE BEST FEEL OF ANYTHING I'VE EVER TRIED, PERIOD. I JUST ORDERED THE 602-4 HELIOS AND I KNOW IT WILL BE A WINNER. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE 1-WEIGHT. I KNOW IT WILL BE INCREDIBLE AS WELL! THANKS AGAIN ORVIS!

Features

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

Technology

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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