Incredible power, deadly accuracy, and impressive feel are part and parcel of our Helios 3F fly rods.

4.6 out of 5 Customer Rating
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  • Helios 3F Fly Rod.
  • Reel seat is type III anodized aluminum Midnight black w/Matte Storm carbon insert
  • Matte Storm blank
  • Black/gray main wraps
  • REC recoil snake guides
  • SiC/titanium stripping guides
  • Aluminum rod tube
  • 25-Year Guarantee
  • Made in USA
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    100% Customer Satisfaction

    has been our commitment since 1856. It’s who we are. If you aren’t happy with a product or service, we want to know about it. And we’ll make it right. That’s the Orvis Way.

    • Helios 3F Fly Rod.
    • Reel seat is type III anodized aluminum Midnight black w/Matte Storm carbon insert
    • Matte Storm blank
    • Black/gray main wraps
    • REC recoil snake guides
    • SiC/titanium stripping guides
    • Aluminum rod tube
    • 25-Year Guarantee
    • Made in USA
    Rod outfit includes:
    • Helios 3F Fly Rod
    • Fly Reel
    • Fly Line & Backing

    The Story

    Not only have we built a super lightweight rod in the Helios 3, but it also offers a crisp feel in hand for an unbeatable casting experience. Accuracy is important. Hurling a fly across the water and hoping for a strike won’t win any trophies—it’s those accurate drops that bring in the real prize. The difference in a couple of inches can make or break a catch. The Helios 3F reduces the variables and harnesses the energy behind each cast for enhanced accuracy, so you can reach the far bank and drop a fly with precision every time. We’ve checked unbeatable accuracy and power off the list, but the H3F also delivers the finesse required to delicately drop a fly without spooking fish, and it has plenty of backbone to haul in the big fish of your dreams without flinching. Whether you’re chasing bonefish on the flats or casting streamers to the far bank, the Helios 3F offers the outstanding casting performance and responsiveness you need to land more fish.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from fab fly rod Took it out for small stream winter nymphing soon after it arrived. It behaves! Casts as advertised--very well indeed. Caught some! Will be my go-to small stream rod, and small streams is mostly what I do.
    Date published: 2020-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features!!! Love this rod and reel. Perfect for small streams and trout.
    Date published: 2020-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent rod Bought this rod to fish the rainbows in the South Platte in Colorado. It casts nicely and is very accurate. I like the feel of the rod while casting and it transmits even very light strikes to your hand making it easier to set the hook. This is definitely a pay for what you get and it is worth it.
    Date published: 2020-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and beautifully constructed ! My Christmas present is a fly fishing trip to Montana this year!
    Date published: 2020-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very versatile Look at your target, cast, hit ! Sweet light touch with the dry fly. Able to cast small buggers with distance. I never thought that I would find another rod with as much “fish feel” or more than my superfine 3wt glass- wrong- H3 F 3wt 8’4” flat out the best ! Already caught nice bluegill just to get it out. Can’t wait for trout and crappie.
    Date published: 2019-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic Wand I bought this rod for UK rivers and chalk streams where I fish for trout, grayling and chub and am casting anything from a size 20 midge to a size 6 sedgehog. To say it excels at the above is an understatement as this rod is far more capable than me. However, what makes it so magical is that fact that you can cast with a slow tempo and fish close-in or fire the line off the tip and send the fly up the river as if it were two different rods. And the accuracy thing isn't hype, no matter what angle you cast at. Once you have a fish on you get a lovely progressive bend - typical of Orvis rods - yet there's plenty of power in the lower third to bully surprisingly large fish. My dilemma now is whether I should sell my 2 and 4 weight 8ft Superfine Carbons as this rod has pretty much made them redundant.
    Date published: 2019-09-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect rod for small and medium river. I fish a lot in small and medium river. This rod is absolutely fantastic with smooth action and powerful cast. My new favourite rod.
    Date published: 2019-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely AWESOME!!! I wrote a review last year when I purchased my 3F-5wt. Orvis lists it with all the other reviews- we all agreed its the best rod I’ve ever casted. Well...take two. The same amazing abilities. False casts and concern about back casts are something of history now. Forget bout’em’! Wanted the ideal small fly presentation rod. This is it. Again, amazing, awesome, the best ever. Details: Don’t need to re-write. Just read all the others and my previous reviews- about the 3F-5wt and you’ll be up to date with this rod. Thank you Orvis.
    Date published: 2019-04-29
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