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Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 9 reviews
9 of 9 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
A happy accident -
By: mcflyfishing from NE PA
Top 250 Contributor
I actually meant to order a 10' 7 wt, but ordered this one by mistake. I tried it out on the lawn and decided to keep it. It is the best rod I own for roll casting. On small streams without a lot of overhang it is the perfect rod. I have used it with great success on the limestone streams of SW Wisconsin. The extra length makes it a good nymphing rod. I've had it for 3 years.
Helios 4wt, great rod -
I recently invested in a Helios - 10ft, 4wt (I fish a lot from a tube or kayak).....very impressed. Smooth, powerful, and accurate - fabulous delivery - I am overweighting with a #5 line. Still like a different 4wt, medium action better for close in work, but the Helios is an outstanding rod for big dries at medium to long distance, and it can really drive the fly into the wind. Wish it cost less, but it is a great fly rod, and is going to get a lot of playing time.
Exceptional Service - Great Company -
By: AZDON from Phoenix, AZ
I purchased a 4wt 10' Helios to take on vacation. The first morning I was able to fish, I caught 6 smaller tout. The second morning the rod broke completely in two while reeling in the opening trout of the day (larger than any trout from the day before). I was greatly disheartened, but I called Orvis, explained the problem, and they sent a new rod to me overnight. This allowed me to continue fishing with the rod I intended to use while on my vacation. I still don't know the reason for the break, but I do know that Orvis provides exceptional customer service. This is my second Helios and there has been no problem with the first. Thank you Orvis for truly caring about your customers.
Excellent Nymphing Rod -
By: Hyde2003 from Raymond & Greenville, Maine
Top 1000 Contributor
I have had this rod for just a couple of months. I matched the Helios with the Battenkill BBS. I set this rod up specifically to nymph fish. I managed to find a hole that was holding several 18" brookies. What a blast! Then 10' length with the tip flex allows me to put the fly anywhere I want on the river. The 4 wt line is very delicate on the water and get excellent drifts. The rod weighs a mere 2 1/2 ozs. So much fun! If you ever have a chance to try one, or buy one, don't pass it up!
The Perfect Fly Rod -
By: Redelf from Long Beach, CA
I originally purchased this fly rod for Czech and High Stick Nymphing, but it turns out this rod can do much more than just nymph. I used this rod exclusively during a 10 day trip to Montana and I would have to be dead in order for someone else to use it, they would have to pry it from my fingers. I fished the Madison at 3 dollar bridge, The Lamar in the park, Slough Creek and The Gallatin. As you can see this is a wide range of waters, small creeks to large rivers. Czech and Hi Stick Nymphing really don’t require much of a cast, but I was able to cast 2 flies and some heavy weights with ease. My biggest fish was a nice 22” Cutthroat on the Lamar and this rod had incredible power and I was able to land large fish in heavy water with relative ease. I had another spool loaded with a floating line and this is a dream dry fly rod. The rod cast so easily it is simply amazing. I have fallen in love with the 10’ rod and plan to purchase the 5 weight 10’ ASAP. The Battenkill Large Arbor reel is the perfect match to this rod, it is perfectly balanced. I never thought a fly rod would improve my casting, but this rod easily added 10 to 20 feet to my casts and it is a dream to land fish on.
How to justify a $700 rod to your wife -
By: Dr2Trout from Kingsport, TN
I had been dreaming about the Helios ever since reading its first rave reviews. I've had Winston and Sage rods and have felt fairly competent at casting but some times even with these high quality rods, casting felt like work. The reviews seemed like this rod might be the answer, but how could I pull the trigger and explain the bill for yet another rod to my wife? Well, desire and a nagging feeling that casting should be easier got the better of me. When the Orvis box came I wisked it out to my truck before any questions could be asked. I could only get a few flicks in the back yard before I had to stash the rod away again, but even with that brief preview, I could tell that this rod was different. So light. So balanced. I could sense in my hand easily what the rod was doing throughout the stroke. Obviously the reviews were not just hype. I then had a few mouth watering days of anticipation before I could get out on the river. I felt again like a kid waiting for Christmas day, and when I finally hit the water, I was not disappointed. This rod is a dream! Casting is effortless. The rod truly becomes an extension of yourself and responds immediately to your every command. Whether roll casting out of tight lies, making huge mends or dropping a dry silently at 60ft, this rod does it all. I really don't recall catching any fish that first day, but finally experiencing the fly cast as it should be was pure joy. Since then I've caught many with the largest being a 27in rainbow, and there are no deficiencies with this rod in either being able to detect the subtlest of strikes or to bring that monster fighter in. But then came the moment of truth: confession. I started by just nonchalantly mentioning that I had bought a new rod. "What?! You already have rods" was the obvious response. I then proceeded to explain as best as possible to a non-fisher what this rod had done for me. I could now experience the joy of fishing without any concerns or annoyances from my equipment. I could now focus on the most important aspects of fly fishing: the beauty of the river, the satisfaction of a well placed cast and every once in a while getting a willing trout into my net. The Helios truly took my experience to another level. Well, I'm not sure she could completely understand, but she saw my smile and I've not heard another word about it. But now how do I justify another....
The Dance -
The fly fisher and his Helios stalked the fish that he knows - Crossing immense snow covered valleys to where clear waters flow The old trout is a Brown, it has eluded him for years - It has broken his line twice nearly bringing him to tears It was under a big spruce in the deep by the bank - A beautiful fish rose up and than quickly it sank With his new nine foot weapon the fisher took a knee - Quickly surveying the stream he lets the fly go free With minimal effort on a double-hall cast - An olive Woolly is delivered soft, but fast Within a few seconds there’s a slight twitch in the line - The Helios is pulled back setting the hook in time The water boiled and the reel began to scream - The monster of a fish catapults upstream The crazed trout explodes from the water thirty feet ahead - The fisher prays the tippet holds and doesn’t break like thread The rod clenched with hard charges wearing the fish out - It danced with the brown, harmoniously but stout The ardent battle with the big fish caused it to tire - To land the trophy in the net was his one desire Shortly there after his wishes came true - The fish by his side the fighting was through With a triumphant grin he pulled the fly out - Releasing the big brown without any doubt He kisses his rod, the catch was a thrill - And off to the next fish to test his skill
Helios 10' 4# -
Just recieved my new Helios 10' for a 4wt rod to day, had a quick play on my casting lawn, very light in the hand and feeling very balanced, while casting the rod, you can really feel whats going on, very nice. Rivers all high in my area, but that wasn't going to stop me, only had half an hour but caught 4 fish and the rod played them well, all in all, so far very pleased.
Features of the Freshwater 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.