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Orvis H2 Big Game Fly Rods & Outfits

The new Orvis Helios 2 rods are as light in hand as the original Helios (the lightest fly rods in the world), but with greatly improved tapers that reduce the swing weight. Precision casting has been improved with refined tapers and increased damping. The rods are stronger that the original Helios, and also have double the impact strength in the tips. Helios 2 rods are still 100% made in USA in the Orvis Rod Shop in Manchester, Vermont. What our testers have been raving about is how smooth these rods are in casting, and how accurate the rods are. For us, that’s the name of the game—if a rod is a delight to cast and it gets your fly exactly where you want it, fishing is just plain fun.

Was it a hot new material? Not really. Orvis is using a secret ultra-light additive (not carbon fiber) in its tip sections to increase tip impact strength in addition to the graphite/resin system used in the first generation of Helios rods. But the real secret to the amazing light feel and much smoother casting characteristics lies in how the fibers and resin systems are combined to create the taper, using Orvis’ patented thermoplastic technology.

The same kind of technological shift is happening in other high-tech sports products such as performance road bikes, where a recent article in Men’s Journal stated, “The bike’s tech revolution is as much about the methods used in their design as their materials”.

According to Shawn Combs, Orvis rod developer, “We’ve increased the impact strength in the tips of these rods by 100%, and made the tips lighter at the same time, giving you less fatigue when casting and more sensitivity. But what’s even more important to the angler is the additional horsepower you get from your casting stroke. A fly rod can be viewed as an infinite series of springs that transition from stiff at the cork to very flexible at the tip. We’ve virtually tuned each spring to work perfectly within the system to give you the smoothest possible power curve during casting. It’s a whole new construction for us.”

Helios 2 reel seats feature nickel-plated aluminum, which is harder and more abrasion-resistant than anodized aluminum. The freshwater configuration uses a gorgeous California buckeye burl insert and the saltwater versions have a woven carbon insert.
All rods utilize Recoil guides for reduced weight and better line shooting.

Orvis Helios 2 906-4 SW Tip Flex
$850.00
It's built for throwing heavy streamers from a drift boat, yet it excels on the bonefish flats of Eleuthera. It's designed to handle big nymph rigs, yet places hoppers within inches of the bank. It's the Helios 2 6-weight 9' fly rod, and it's pleased to meet you. Light and agile, with reserve power in spades, this big-game H2 6wt. with a fighting butt will stare down stripers, steelhead, bass, and bonefish without the slightest hesitation. You'll be glad it's on your side. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 6
Pieces: 4
Weight: 3 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage III Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF6, 125yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 966-4 Tip Flex
$850.00
Sooner or later, you're going to tie on a streamer. Maybe you've been brought up with dry-fly parents, or you've been schooled in the ways of the nymph by a wise mentor—it makes no difference. We all succumb to the ways of the Woolly Bugger. When you do, the 6-weight, 9'6" Helios 2 will be here waiting. Power? Check. Accuracy? Double check. Take this as your invitation to join us. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 9'6"
Line Weight: 6
Pieces: 4
Weight: 3 3/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage III Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF6, 125yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 106-4 Tip Flex
$850.00
It's for light steelhead work throughout the Great Lakes. It's for covering as much water as possible on large, western rivers. It's for protecting your tippet as a brown trout shakes its head in dismay. It's for a little extra reach when controlling your line. It's for tangling with bass and large bushy poppers. The 6-weight 10' Helios 2 is built for many things; mostly, it's built for you. It's up to you to figure out just where you need it. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 10'0"
Line Weight: 6
Pieces: 4
Weight: 3 3/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage III Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF6, 125yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 907-4 Tip Flex
$850.00
It's the pull of a dime-bright steelhead on a swung fly. It's seeing a bonefish materialize 30 feet in front of you. It's the bulldogging carp racing away with your streamer. It's that moment when your tireless preparation meets power and precision. It's why we fish. And it's why we built this fast action 7 wt. Helios 2. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 7
Pieces: 4
Weight: 3 1/2 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage IV Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF7, 225yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 107-4 Tip Flex
$850.00
It's the last run of the day. Your fingers are as cold as the air outside. You've been roll casting your fast action 10 foot 7 wt. since the sun came up, waiting patiently for this moment. A mend here, a slight twitch there, and then you feel her on the end of your line. She runs upstream like a silvery ghost. You might not notice it in this moment, but as your adrenaline subsides and you come face to face with perfection, you'll be glad you had that extra foot at the end of your rod. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 10'0"
Line Weight: 7
Pieces: 4
Weight: 3 3/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage IV Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF7, 225yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 908-4 Mid Flex
$850.00
Pick up this medium action 8 weight fly rod in Idaho and you're nymphing for steelhead. The snow falls all around you as you power a cast into a tempting seam. Pick up this rod in Texas and you're battling both the wind and a school of redfish. The sun sears overhead as golden tails glimmer in the saltgrass. Pick up this rod anywhere and you'll see all the time, energy, and work we put into it. We'd be happy for it to be yours. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 8
Pieces: 4
Weight: 3 1/2 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage IV Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF8, 200yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 908-4 Tip Flex
$850.00
The wind swirls across the flat as the sun blasts you from above. A silvery streak flickers beneath the surface. This is your one shot. Make it count. Make sure you're fishing the Helios 2. Strong, light in the hand, and deadly accurate, the 908-4 Helios 2 is the most complete and versatile big-game fly rod we've ever produced. Swing steelhead flies in sub-zero weather or toss Crazy Charlies in triple-digit temperatures; the H2 doesn't care. He's hungry for big flies, big water, and even bigger fish. Give him what he wants. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 8
Pieces: 4
Weight: 3 1/4 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage IV Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF8, 200yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 108-4 Tip Flex
$850.00
Ice coats the guides of your rod like a glassy fog. It floats down the river in semi-solid chunks and runs through your veins like a bitter winter chill. Winter steelheading is not for the pretenders. You're out here because the river is yours when everyone else stays inside and because you can't think of anything you'd rather be doing. Part of the day, you nymph beneath an indicator. Then you switch to swinging streamers. Luckily, the 8-weight 10' Helios 2 pulls double duty. You tell yourself "one more cast" as you lose feeling in your fingers. Suddenly, your line goes tight and that breathless surge of adrenaline radiating through your chest is the only feeling that matters. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 10'0"
Line Weight: 4
Pieces: 4
Weight: 3 3/4 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage IV Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF8, 200yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 909-4 Tip Flex
$850.00
Stripers haunt you, bonefish taunt you—and don't get you started on redfish. You're a big-game hunter with a big-time need for a fly rod with firepower. Enter the Helios 2. Lighter in hand and stronger than the original Helios, the 909-4 Helios 2 will turn the one that got away from an urban legend to a picture on your cellphone. From meat-eating salmonids to finicky saltwater species, this is the ultimate weapon for big-game targets. With a shocking amount of backbone and unbelievable tracking, no matter what you fish for, you'll come out on top. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 9
Pieces: 4
Weight: 3 3/4 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage V Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF9, 250yd 30# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 910-4 Tip Flex
$850.00
A sharp black tail slices through the surface, then disappears in a whisper. Your eyes scan the flat as your pulse pounds like a bass drum. "Two o'clock, 40 feet!" your guide yells. With nothing more than hope and a backcast, your Helios 2 10-weight 9' fly rod lands your fly near the first permit of your life. You strip once, strip again, forgetting for a moment everything else. This is your time. And this fast action 10 wt. is your fly rod. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 10
Pieces: 4
Weight: 3 7/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage V Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF10, 225yd 30# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 911-4 Tip Flex
$850.00
Through the flapping wind, your guide yells instructions. It's a coordinated effort, him poling the skiff into position, you the proud bearer of some unseen pressure to make the perfect cast. You've dreamt of this moment since the first time you picked up a fly rod and you don't want to blow it. Into the wind, you lay out your line as far as possible. A tarpon peels off from the passing school, opening its mouth as it inches toward your fly. What happens from here is anyone's guess. Give yourself the advantage. Fish with a 9', 11-weight Helios 2. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 11
Pieces: 4
Weight: 4 3/4 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage VI Reel Black Nickel, Hydros Tarpon, 350yd 30# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 912-4 Tip
$850.00
A 150-pound tarpon swims defiantly into view some 50 feet away. Perched on the casting platform, your hands shake as you begin your backcast, and every muscle in your body focuses on this instant. Your lungs exhale an anxious air, equal parts anticipation and pure exhilaration. Your time is now. Your rod is here. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 12
Pieces: 4
Weight: 5 3/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage VI Reel Black Nickel, Hydros Tarpon, 325yd 30# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 8614-4 Tip Flex
$850.00
The water surrounding the boat is as blue as the rod in your hands. How deep it is, you have no idea. A warm tropical wind races through the air, spreading around the crisp scent of the sea. Your fly looks like a dashboard hula dancer, a fluorescent wig tied to a hook the size of your palm. Primal beasts rise from the depths, slashing at the offering with pure anger, not an ounce of hesitation coursing through their muscles. A sailfish latches onto your fly, and with the high-pitched scream of your reel as a soundtrack, leaps to the sun in blue and gold flashes, its eyes focused on you. He's your Goliath. The 8'6", 14-weight Helios 2 is your slingshot. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 8'6"
Line Weight: 14
Pieces: 4
Weight: 5 3/4 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage VII Reel Black Nickel, Hydros Bluewater WF14, 600yd 50# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

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All Helios2 outfits come with Helios2 rod, Mirage black nickel reel, Hydros weight-forward fly line, backing, and Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack.