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Orvis H2 Freshwater 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 2 602-3 Mid Flex
$795.00
The delicate beauty of a brook trout is hard to ignore. Flaming red fins capped with snowy white tips emerge from a body dotted with orange specks and blue halos. In tumbling mountain streams, they slash at flies, as eager to eat as they are terrified of the unknown. Bringing one to hand is a joy; fishing for them with the 2-weight, 6' Helios 2 is sublime. The old axiom that claims size doesn't matter? Bull. In this case, the smaller the better. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 6'0"
Line Weight: 2
Pieces: 3
Weight: 1 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage I Reel Black Nickel, Hydros Superfine WF2, 75yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 842-4 Mid Flex
$795.00
Small-stream fishing is many things. It's hopping from boulder to boulder while trying to stay upright. It's searching each plunge pool with a bushy caddis pattern. It's hiking as far from the parking lot as you can get. Whatever it means to you, the 2-weight, 8'4", Helios 2 makes the perfect companion. Trophy fish come in all shapes and sizes. Go find yours. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 8'4"
Line Weight: 2
Pieces: 4
Weight: 1 7/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage I Reel Black Nickel, Hydros Superfine WF2, 75yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 763-4 Mid Flex
$795.00
You don't fly fish for accolades. You don't hike along boulder-strewn mountain streams to make a name for yourself. You don't spend hours tying up bushy attractor patterns to get a better job. You don't use small flies and delicate tippets in order to drive a better car, impress strangers, or conquer the world. You fly fish for yourself, no matter where it takes you. Let the 3-weight, 7'6", Helios 2 be your guide. You'll like what you discover. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 7'6"
Line Weight: 3
Pieces: 4
Weight: 1 1/2 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage I Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF3, 50yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 843-4 Mid Flex
$795.00
Can a fly rod transform you? Can it change how you view the world? How you fish? Maybe a better question is this: should it? Don't fit yourself into a mold. Find a fly rod that fishes the way you do. Designed with dry flies and eager risers in mind, the 3-weight, 8'4" Helios 2 is the rod to turn to for small streams, small fish, and big adventures. Precision and delicacy still have a place in this world. You embrace them. This rod embraces you. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 8'4"
Line Weight: 3
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage I Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF3, 50yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 103-4 Tip Flex
$795.00
There are as many ways to fly fish as there are anglers with fly rods. The only thing that matters is finding what's right for you. Some lean toward heavy rods and big fish, while others are quite content with a 1-weight and a brook trout. For those with a high-sticking itch to scratch, the 3-weight, 10' Helios 2 is the perfect rod for the job. From delicate tailwater presentations to dapping dries in creeks no wider than the rod itself, the Helios 2 is all about finding new water and finding yourself. Let the Helios 2 help you along the way. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 10'0"
Line Weight: 3
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 1/2 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage I Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF3, 50yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 704-4 Mid Flex
$795.00
A canopy of trees blocks out the sky as patches of sunlight dot the stream in front of you. Overhanging limbs and thick bushes reach toward your backcast, inching closer to grabbing your fly and snapping your tippet. Cramped is an understatement, but you didn't find this spot by accident. You followed the blue line on the map, you trailblazed your way up here, and this plunge pool full of eager trout is your reward. Let the 4-weight, 7' Helios 2 help keep your fly out of the trees and on the water. In this instance, it's fine to come up just a bit short. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 7'0"
Line Weight: 4
Pieces: 4
Weight: 1 7/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage II Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF4, 125yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 864-4 Mid Flex
$795.00
A glass-calm pool mirrors the sky and the steady rhythm of a rising trout echoes in your chest. You've been here before, but not on this stream, not on this day. You'll need a soft, straight cast from the perfect small stream fly rod and an effortless drift, but will you be ready? Fish this 4-weight Helios 2, and the answer will be a resounding "yes." Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 8'6"
Line Weight: 4
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 1/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage II Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF4 Trout, 125yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 904-4 Mid Flex
$795.00
Is fly fishing a worthwhile endeavor? Is it important, on more than an emotional level? The truth is, when you're trying to fit a size 18 fly into a feeding lane halfway across the river, the answer to that question really won't matter. The only thing you'll be thinking about is putting your fly on target. Count on the Helios 2 4-weight 9' medium action fly rod to help you get it there. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 4
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 1/4 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage II Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF4 Trout, 125yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 904-4 Tip Flex
$795.00
Is the 4-weight 9' Helios 2 a small-stream rod? Is it made for larger streams and drift boat trips? Is it for dry flies? Nymphs? Streamers? The answer to all of the above is, simply, yes. It's a rod built for whatever situation in which you might need it. Versatile, powerful, and alarmingly accurate, this fast-action Helios 2 will become a valuable member of your fishing family, if only you'll let it. Do yourself a solid and get one. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 4
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 3/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage II Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF4 , 125yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 104-4 Tip Flex
$795.00
The difference between catching a fish and going home empty handed can come down to fractions of an inch. It makes sense, then, to give yourself an extra foot to play with. You might just need it. For unrivaled presentations on even the most technical of streams, the fast action 10-foot 4 wt. Helios 2 will give you all the line control you could possibly need. Reach out and hit your target with the Helios 2 4-weight 10' fly rod. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 10'0"
Line Weight: 4
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 5/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage II Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF4 Trout, 125yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 795-4 Mid Flex
$795.00
Everyone wants you to cast farther, to explore deeper, to reach out as far as possible. But there's something to be said about focusing on what's close. You laugh at the parking lot casters, the "I can throw a line with my 3-weight" braggadocio and lose count of how many fish you've caught within 10 feet of where you're standing. You cherish these short casts, these communal presentations, and—what do you know?—so does the 5-weight, 7'9" Helios 2. You're both designed to fish, which means you're perfect for each other. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 7'9"
Line Weight: 5
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 1/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage II Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF5, 100yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 865-4 Mid Flex
$795.00
You see that brown trout gently sipping sulphurs in the back eddy over there? He's not going to catch himself. Tie on a cripple, put on some floatant, and make sure you have this Helios 2 in your hands. The rest is academic. Lighter in hand than the original Helios, and with unrivaled tracking ability, this medium-action 5-weight feels just as home on the Madison or Snake as it does on that little brook running through the woods by your house. This all around trout fly rod will handle flies, fish, and rivers—large or small—with equal aplomb and sensitivity. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 8'6"
Line Weight: 5
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 1/4 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage II Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF5 Trout , 100yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 865-4 Tip Flex
$795.00
If there were a Hall of Fame for fly rod models, the 8'6", 5-weight would have been voted in unanimously. One of the most popular lengths and weights in the world, the fine-tuned Helios 2 tapers breathe new life into a beloved classic. From small-stream boulder hopping to launching rubber-legged foam-bodied hoppers from a boat, this fast-action Helios 2 will finally let you retire all the other 8'6" 5-weights you own and help you rediscover why you started fly fishing in the first place. This Helios 2 will be your new first love. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 8'6"
Line Weight: 5
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 1/4 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage II Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF5, 100yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 905-4 Mid Flex
$795.00
In a culture that wants everything bigger, stronger, and faster, sometimes slowing things down can provide the greatest benefits. If you prefer parachutes to tungsten, live for emergers, and shudder at the thought of coneheads, this is the ideal fly rod. This medium-action Helios 2 5-weight 9' fly rod handles long leaders and light tippets with kindness, but won't shy away from those stubborn trout who won't eat anything that doesn't include rabbit strips and rubber legs. Be ready for anything that swims your way knowing that the best 5 wt. fly rod is in your hands. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 5
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 1/2 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage II Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF5 Trout, 100yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 905-4 Tip Flex
$795.00
There may not be many truths in fly fishing, but here is one: you can't catch a fish if you can't get a fly in front of it. Thanks to the most accurate and versatile 5-weight we've ever created, that problem will disappear forever. Whether you're slinging lead toward an undercut bank or dropping tricos in a glass-calm tailout from 50 feet away, the 905-4 Helios 2 will perform with precision, sensitivity, and brute force when necessary. Lighter in hand and stronger than the original Helios, you'll be able to fish longer, fish harder, and feel the difference a superior rod makes. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 5
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 1/2 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage II Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF5 Trout, 100yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 105-4 Tip Flex
$795.00
It's possible to be both versatile and specialized. Just fish with the 105-4 Helios 2 fast action 10 foot 5 wt. and try to think otherwise. Its long reach powers your casts when fishing from drift boats and pontoons, and provides enough line control to roll cast and mend on any sized stream. We've taken an excellent trout rod and simply made it 10 feet in length. You can't have too much of a good thing, right? Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 10'0"
Line Weight: 5
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 3/4 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage II Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF5 Trout, 100yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

Orvis Helios 2 906-4 Mid Flex
$795.00
Not everything needs to be fast in order to be effective. From the casting platform on a drift boat, what matters most is accuracy. The small number of anglers that can put flies within an inch of the bank are the ones who are catching the majority of the fish. So when you find yourself dropping a Copper John from a Chernobyl Ant during hopper season on some western river, use a rod that will give you an added advantage and a feeling unlike any other. Use the 6-weight, 9' Helios 2. Your cast will thank you. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 6
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 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 2 906-4 Tip Flex
$795.00
Every serious angler needs a powerful rod for double streamer rigs and heavy nymph setups. As light as most 5-weights, and as powerful as an 8-weight, this fast-action Helios 2 6-weight 9' fly rod handles anything you can dream up, with power to spare. Think we're exaggerating? From light steelhead action to dry flies from drift boats, the 906-4 fast action 6wt. Helios 2 will pounce on the opportunity to prove us right. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Length: 9'0"
Line Weight: 6
Pieces: 4
Weight: 2 5/8 oz.
Outfit includes: Rod, Mirage III Reel Black Nickel, Hydros WF6, 125yd 20# dacron, Carbon fiber rod tube & cloth rod sack

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