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Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 8 reviews
7 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Third Helios I've owned -
By: Teflon from Colorado
Top 250 Contributor
I'm a typical gear nut and was looking for a second rod to take for 3 weeks of bonefishing this year on Crooked and Andros. Often it's nice to have a different fly rigged on a rod ready to go, and I found a 7 wt to complement my 8 wt Helios for a great price. I honestly can't tell the difference between the two rods, and neither could any of the other people that tried the rod, including for full days of fishing the flats. I used an 8 wt line since I'd already bought that with plans to buy another 8 wt Helios. Even the 7 wt handles big bones up to 8 pounds with ease. There have been some reports of the Helios breaking, and I in fact broke my 8 wt in two places on the last day of 3 weeks of fishing after catching 20+ bones. I can't necessarily blame the rod for the breakage though since I think the line wrapped around the reel and there wasn't any give for the rod. I was also trying to horse in about the 15th fish in a row to keep it away from sharks so there was a huge amount of strain on the rod. With the no questions asked replacement policy it's easy to get another rod. These rods are also so light they make fish feel about twice the size, so fighting an 8 pound bone is amazing fun!
The ideal streamer rod -
By: chawk from Traverse City, MI
I recently spent 20 days in Patagonia casting streamers to large trout. I used my favorite rod, a 9-foot 7-weight Helios Tip Flex. This rod will handle any fly, from a small Little Rascal to a size 2 rabbit leech. It delivers them all with ease and grace. At 58 years old, my body appreciates the lightness and the power that this rod brings to my game. - Chuck Hawkins Owner, Hawkins Outfitters, 2010 Orvis Endorsed Guide Service of the Year
By: Hyde2003 from Raymond & Greenville, Maine
Top 500 Contributor
Who ever thought that Orvis would create a 7 weight rod with a 10.0 tip flex that weighs 2 7/8 ounces? I just got back from a trip to Roach River and I was WOWWED by the power of this rod. The Helios is my new go to rod for streamer fly fishing. I can't wait to use it this weekend on my next trip!
My Go To Rod -
By: SouthFork from Lost in Montana
When I purchased this 7wt I really didn't think it would become my new go to rod as I thought a 7wt was a bit heavy. My preconceptions were tossed out the window as soon as I picked this rod up. In my last two years fishing in Alaska, it has become my number one rod for landing Coho Salmon, Rainbows and Dolly's. This past fall it became my new lake rod for hauling in some nice cutthroat and bows. And just recently I took it to NZ where it handled windy days with ease, and still had the action to present a long leader in the stiff breeze with delicacy. 7wts are usually heavy, but not this rod, its lightweight and casts beautifully, plus it has the backbone for turning the big fish when you need it.
great freaking rod -
By: 1c3man from Montana
Been lucky enough to fish a lot of 7 weight rods and the Helios tip flex makes your mouth water, you just can't fish any other rod for 10 hours straight throwing double bugs and enjoy yourself so much. I have fished all weights between 3-9 of the helios and I just can't say enough. I am not a guide and only get out about 50 days a year but my helios is alway with me, I own both the 7 and 8 weights and would not trade them for the world. I also own TFO and Winston BIIX and they don't even compare. Being in Montana we fish in a lot of wind and nothing cuts it like Helios Tip Flex not to mention the effort of casting big junk all day is soo much easier. If you can afford this rod you will not be sorry. I will say if you fish in wind stick with the tip flex, mid is fine in small calm waters but you will want the tip action with any wind or long distance which you know you will get almost anywhere. Tight lines 1c3man
If you can, get it. -
By: Cardo from Shendoah Valley, Virginia
Top 250 Contributor
I picked this up for small and large mouth bass and some saltwater action around Virginia. For it's size and length it's lighter than others in its class. Paired it to a copper evolution lt. It throws big flies easily but is sensitive enough for the small stuff. Planning on getting a 4wt to replace existing rod.
Delivers the Promise! -
By: JRJ1 from Melbourne, Australia
We've got a few Orvis Rods including a Zero Gravity 907-4, Tipflex 9.5 - which is a great rod, but after testing the Helios 907-4, Tipflex 10 at our recent trip to San Francisco, my wife and I decided to have this one too! It's incredible, the power and accuracy it delivers and the light weight of it. Matched with a LA IV Fly Reel it's the perfect outfit! We also had the opportunity to fish the ZG and the Helios both as 8wt's afterwards in the Bahamas for Bonefish, great rods - it just confirmed the choice we've made re the Helios.
Heavenly Helios! -
By: Gjorda1 from Baton Rouge, LA
When fly fishing the marshes of South Louisiana, most people would think you were crazy for using anything less than a 9-weight rod for twenty plus pound Redfish. Those people haven't cast a Helios. My Helios 7- weight has the power to cast big flies to big fish, and the backbone to handle fish normally reserved for a much heavier rod. Since the Helios is first and foremost an Orvis rod, I know that in the unlikely event I hook a fish that is too large for the 7-weight to handle, I have the 25-year warranty to give me peace of mind. The perfect blend of power and precision, combined with Orvis’ unparalleled level of service, is why I truly love my Helios!
Features of the Saltwater Helios Fly Rod
By 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.
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.