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Helios™ Switch 5-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

4 5/8 oz 11', 4-piece, Tip-Flex fly rod for 5-wt. line.Helios Switch 11-foot, 5-weight—the most versatile 5-weight ever. Easy to cast one-handed, but also casts two-handed when distance is necessary. Tremendous reach and mending ability for big water nymphing in Western rivers and tailwaters both in and out of drift boats, and in Midwestern tailwaters where shorebound anglers are faced with generation periods and want greater distance. Also good for beach fishing for sea run cutthroat and brook trout. Lightweight Helios technology finally makes it possible to create a switch rod that is not a compromise, but the best of both casting styles.We set out on an adventure to make the world's lightest fly rod. Along the way, we also made the world's best.
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7 of 7(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Helios™ Switch 5-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Review 1 for Helios™ Switch 5-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
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swing baby swing,
August 17, 2013
By: Karoondinha
from Spring Creek Country, PA
"I had the rod out on a local bass river and I cant be more pleased. I rigged up a streamer and started my float with the mind set of getting out of my kayak to swing this rod and quickly found it to be very easy to cast single hand from the yak.
very versatile rod. I now prefer to use it when throwing streamers and poppers for bass,
very fun and responsive rod!"
Review 2 for Helios™ Switch 5-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
'A wing and a rod",
August 11, 2013
By: shoulderfriendly
from Boise, ID
"I enjoy all kinds of fishing including the ancient art of wondering how long a bobber and a worm really need to be under the water before I suggest to my 7 year old grand daughter to give it a yank and reel in yet another perch! However, I love to flyfish!
Problem, right shoulder arthritis (severe as in bone on bone) resulting in less and less hours on the water. Solution, switch rod so that I can use less arm and shoulder motion for longer periods of time.
And I got my answer at the Orvis store here in Boise, ID where I have done business off and on over many years. With a little demonstration on the Boise river running through town I was led to the Helios 4 piece 5 wgt. switch rod. I just could not get over how light it was.
That was a few years and many "enjoyable and less painfull
hours" of flyfishing ago. Believe it or not I can use this rod all day fishing nymph rigs or dry flies down to 22's with finesse on a 12-14 5x or 6x leader. For others of you who have bad shoulders I recommend highly that you give the Helios a try.
I have never paid this much for a rod in my life but I figured it has saved me thousands in therapy and surgery bills and opened new water to me that I could never reach before from shore or in a boat. Thanks Orvis! Mark M.
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Review 3 for Helios™ Switch 5-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
My Go To Rod,
August 29, 2012
By: SeattleWingshooter
from Seattle, WA
"I love this rod! It is my go to rod for all trout and small steehead trips. I can throw dry's, streamers and do some nymphing and high sticking. It's worth every penny."
Review 4 for Helios™ Switch 5-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
The best switch rod on the market,
December 2, 2011
By: coach32252
from Lafayette,la.
"I used this rod on the Gunnison River this summer. It allowed me to reach spots that I could have never reached with a standard fly rod and it is so light that I could fish it all day. My guide could not believe how well my Heliios handled. I had a twenty plus fish day and I have to give a lot of the credit to the Helios Switch 5 wt."
Review 5 for Helios™ Switch 5-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Switch Rod in the Industry,
May 27, 2011
By: Capitan
from Canon City, CO (Arkansas River)
""The 11-foot 5-weight Helios Switch. This rod is capable of doing pretty much anything. As a guide on the Arkansas River over 150 days a year, I see a lot of big attractor drys, streamers, and Czech nymphing done. This rod is light enough and accurate enough to throw any dry fly and is sure a delight for launching larger attractor patterns. Not only that, but this rod surpasses any other in its class for swinging big gnarly streamers, especially when lining it up one line weight with an Orvis Switch Line. And last but not least, it is a nymphing machine. The 11-5 is a perfect length for high-sticking a Czech Nymph rig in those deep holes, and is also great for throwing 50-foot mends and setting the hook with a lot of line out with a long line nymphing setup. This is the most capable rod in the market! ""
Review 6 for Helios™ Switch 5-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
WOW!,
November 13, 2010
By: Drakecutter
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"What a great rod!!! It was worth every penny! It is works great making big mends and high sticking. By far my favorite rod!"
Review 7 for Helios™ Switch 5-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great rod!,
May 17, 2009
By: flyfishingman
from nh
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"I love my new rod! It works great and I can't wait to use it again on my next outing."
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