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Overall: 4.9 / 5 based on 8 reviews
8 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Favorite Rod -
By: MPS42 from Atlanta, GA
Top 1000 Contributor
This has become my go-to rod. I have a 5wt Helios as well but I would really need to be convinced that this shouldn't be packed on basically every trip I take. I love fishing with it and haven't had one performance issue.
Top 1000 Contributor
I absolutely love this rod! I've caught many small brookies and it handles them beautifully. This is a short rod and great for casting in tight situations. In all this is a beautiful rod that looks and performs flawlessly.
Super fun rod -
By: jyuelling from Corning NY
Top 500 Contributor
Used this rod on some small streams in Pa and it is the best in tight quarters. It is a ton of fun catching small brookies on.
Powerfull little performer! -
By: MJH3 from Farmington River Valley, CT
Have to admit, I was skeptical at first when reading all the rave reviews about the Helios brand. I have rods from all of the other major manufacturers but this little guy takes the cake! I love small stream/brook fishing and this 6' 2wt looked like the perfect rig - it is! The surprising thing about this rod, other than it weighs about as much as a #2 pencil is its punch. I was able to cast easily a rather large fly for a 2 Wt (size 16 PMD) about as far as my longer heavier rods can, but without the effort. Awesome! The only feature I'd like to see on this 6' model is a hook-keep. I think this rod would benefit from this. Cheers Orvis!
Wonderful Marvelous! -
By: Tbrown3589 from Surprise, AZ
I am very new to Fly Fishing. I recently purchased my very first rod, and let me tell you, it is great! I wouldn't choose a different rod. These Helios' are great. I am an avid fisher/hunter. I love to get out into the outdoors and relax. With this fly rod in my hand, I can do just that. The line runs through the rings like water through my fingers. There are no hang ups while letting out the line. When I took it fishing for the first time, my casts were beautiful. I caught some fish too, which is the most wonderful part of the whole trip. Thank you Helios for the wonderful fishing trip!
By: BKill from Upstate NY
Top 25 Contributor
This rod couldn't be any more fun to fish if it came with tickets to New Zealand.
my 5th helios -
I got my rod on 11\04\08 went fishing the same day caught some nice little bows this rod feels great on small fish just can't wate for some bigger ones this is my 5th helios i have 10'5wt, 9'4wt 8'4" 3wt,7,4wt now this 2wt the only thing i thought it was suppose to have a real seat like it says & no hook eye buy thats no big deal it works great i was on a real small stream it was very fun.
BEAUTIFUL SMALL STREAM 2 WT. HELIOS ROD -
By: ALLABOUTTROUT from EVERETT, WASHINGTON
Top 250 Contributor
I JUST RECEIVED THIS NEW 602-4 HELIOS ROD AND IT IS A GEM! IT HAS GREAT AESTHETICS WITH A GOLD BUTT-CAP THAT HAS BEEN ENGRAVED AND A NEAT LITTLE MINATURE SUPERFINE STYLE GRIP WITH CORK AND GOLD RING REEL SEAT. THIS ROD CASTS EVEN BETTER, HOWEVER. IT IS VERY CRISP AND CAN ACCEPT EITHER A 2 OR 3 WT. LINE. IT IS GREAT ON SHORT CASTS, BUT HAS THE BACKBONE TO PUNCH LINE OUT TO 40'. THIS ROD ALSO PACKS SO SMALL, IT CAN BE TAKEN ANYWHERE. I ALSO OWN THE SUPERFINE TROUT BUM VERSION OF THIS ROD AND IT IS A GREAT ROD, BUT I HAVE GROWN TO HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR THE NEW HELIOS RODS BECAUSE THEY ARE SO CRISP AND ACCURATE, BUT STILL HAVE GREAT FORGIVINGNESS AND OFFER OUTSTANDING TIPPET PROTECTION, PRESENTING A FLY DELICATELY, BUT ALSO WITH THE BACKBONE WHEN YOU NEED IT! I THINK IF YOU WANT A PREMIUM SMALL STREAM ROD, THIS WOULD BE YOUR FIRST CHOICE. THE LIMITED EDITION VERSION OF THIS ROD I THINK WOULD BE MONEY WELL SPENT IF YOU ARE WANTING A GREAT SMALL STREAM ROD WITH ALL THE "BELLS AND WHISTLES" AS AN INVESTMENT, COLLETIBLE, OR A PREMIUM FISHING TOOL! THIS ROD IS ONE CLASS ACT AND I CAN'T WAIT TO GET THE HELIOS 1 WT!
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.