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

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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
  • Orvis 25-Year Guarantee

    What that means is, we’ll fix your broken fly rod, and if we can’t fix it, we’ll replace it, no questions asked. Step on it, close the door on it, run over it with the car—it doesn’t matter, we’ll fix it. If we can’t repair it, we’ll choose a newer model rod of at least equal value to replace it. Your investment is assured for a nominal shipping and handling charge.

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    Item #2M39_2
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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

    Orvis 25-Year Guarantee

    What that means is, we’ll fix your broken fly rod, and if we can’t fix it, we’ll replace it, no questions asked. Step on it, close the door on it, run over it with the car—it doesn’t matter, we’ll fix it. If we can’t repair it, we’ll choose a newer model rod of at least equal value to replace it. Your investment is assured for a nominal shipping and handling charge.

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    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 Great to Cast, a Joy to Battle a Fish Bought a H3, 3wt, F, 7ft-6inch fly rod to replace my H2, 3wt. First time fishing, casting 24 Parachute Adams on 7X tippet, to Bows, rising to feed on black midges. Hooked a 17 inch fighter that took me down to the backing, twice. Twenty minutes later I got the fish to the net, never taking the fish out of the water, the barbless hook came out in the net. Revived the fish in the net till wanting to swim away! Later, throwing a size 8 foam bug on 6x tippet, a 17 inch Bow rose to the fly. Set the hook and after 2 long runs, brought him to the net. A Geat rod, so light you barely realize you have in you hand but in can finesse flies as small as 24 and lay out a size 8 wet foam bug and bring in the fish that attacks them! My H3, 3wt is to die for!
    Date published: 2021-05-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helios 4 WT Light and has a great touch. Pounded many rainbows with a prince nymph last weekend, the rod performed like a champ.
    Date published: 2021-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect 8 wght rod I use this rod for large trout waters as well as coastal fishing and can not imagine a better rod when it comes to performance!
    Date published: 2021-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Nymphing rod Just started learning Euro Nymphing and decided to by a complete rod reel package. Just finished first trip with the rod and was able to bring several fish to the net. Handles native Deschutes River Redbands with ease. Was able to detect light strikes versus bouncing on bottom. A fun outfit
    Date published: 2021-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Over a year on the rivers. From the Colorado, Arkansas, Greys Reef, Miracle Mile, and The Dream Stream, this just fishes and it makes it look easy and it is. The biggest mistake you can make is to try and power fish this rod. Just relax take your time and don't try to put a bunch of power in your cast just fish and let the rod do the work. I fish where the wind rolls off the divide every day at about 2:00 PM and I can just roll with it and keep fishing. I damaged this rod twice and Orvis was first class and very fast in the warranty process.
    Date published: 2021-03-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Action. Just one complaint. I wanted to upgrade my Euro Nymphing Rod. I vacillated between the Recon and the H3. The H3 was a big jump in price over the Recon. I called a friend/guide for his advice. He uses the Recon with his clients, but the H3 when he fishes by himself. I flat out asked him if the H3 was worth the extra. He said absolutely. After using it nymphing and dry fly, I would agree. I do have one complaint. It doesn't have a hook keeper. Seriously. I remember hearing that George Daniels helped develop the rod. I would have thought that he would have demanded it. I have two other Recons, they both have one. I primarily fish in a heavily wooded area. In going from hole to hole, I typically travel through thick brush. I place my point fly in the hook keeper and the tag fly is then wrapped around the rod and lines and hooked on the hook keeper. It keeps the tag fly from dangling free. Now, I have to hook the fly on the guide and the point fly dangles and has gotten caught on things. So, now I'm looking at making a home made one. Or, I may see about returning the rod for a Recon. It is disappointing when you look at the price of the Rod. It is so simple and expected. For some people it may not be an issue. Other than that, it is an awesome rod.
    Date published: 2021-03-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 9wt h3f I mainly fish ozark streams for bass and a fair amount of time on the Texas coast and their local ponds. I fish very large rabbit flys with heavy dumbbell eyes to light weight bead chain flys. 60’ cast are effortless with pinpoint accuracy. I have no prob hauling out to 80’. I even broke this rod 6 days before a trip to Texas and Orvis had my replacement section here before I headed out! Outstanding service! If ur trying to decide between the Helios 3 or the recon, buy the best and cry once. i will never purchase anything but Helios 3 from here on out. Orvis is tier 1 when it comes to Quality and service.
    Date published: 2021-02-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality I bought this rod so I could use it on Steel head, Pike, small Saltwater and large trout. I bought knowing I'd never need another rod of this weight again. I have purchased Orvis products for 30 years and never have been disappointed. My purchase was based on research and past experience, but when I cast it I knew it just felt right.
    Date published: 2021-02-04
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