Orvis Ratings and Reviews

Helios 2 3-weight 8'4" Fly Rod—Mid Flex

2 oz. 8'4", 4-piece, Mid-Flex fly rod for 3-wt. line. 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. Why would we take the world's best fly rod and change it? The answer is simple. We're driven by constant improvement. Put this rod in your hands and feel the rush. You'll completely understand.
Average Customer Rating:
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4 of 6(67%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Helios 2 3-weight 8'4" Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Review 1 for Helios 2 3-weight 8'4" Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fly touch down EXCELLENT,
April 15, 2015
By: BCHorsemen
from Pisgah Forest, NC
"Fished the Davidson and N. Mills in NC. Using the 3 wt. 8'4' Helios II makes casting a dream and lets you touch down your fly with accuracy and very little disturbance on touch down. Fighting even large trout it has a lot of backbone to get the job done. My choice for dry fly fishing above all others."
Review 2 for Helios 2 3-weight 8'4" Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
January 14, 2015
By: ThiagoFSBrasil
from Brazil.
"I don´t fish with 3 weight rods that much, but when I do,... this is my new choice! Love this rod, very smooth and still with a crisp fast recorver, it is possible to make super tight loops.
Love it.
Review 3 for Helios 2 3-weight 8'4" Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
April 21, 2014
from Mansfield, PA
"I typically love Orvis Products. Can't say I'm too thrilled with this one. Bought the 8'4" 3wt H2 and the first time on the water I set the hook with a quick flick of the wrist and it snapped in the middle of the third section. Used the rod for about 30 seconds and it broke. Good thing I brought my superfine as a backup rod or my trip would have been done quick. Have yet to use the rod since the repair, but hopefully its better. However, the customer service at Orvis is top notch. Called them up and the only thing I had to pay for was shipping to Vermont. They replaced the entire 3rd section and shipped it back to me in about a month. Look forward to catching many wild browns on it this summer."
Review 4 for Helios 2 3-weight 8'4" Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Awesome all around rod,
January 6, 2014
By: SpanFly
from Mooresville, NC
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"I got this rod in November and fished it next day on one of my favorite wild creeks. It not only held up with heavy tandem nymph rigs, but delicately threw dry dropper rigs flawlessly. Thanks Orvis!"
Review 5 for Helios 2 3-weight 8'4" Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Orvis Rod, Ever,
August 29, 2013
By: MacTrout
from Crested Butte, Colorado
"I recently purchased an Orvis Helios 2, 8'4", 3 weight. I have a friend who had the original Helios and I wanted one for myself. I was pleasantly surprised to find the 2 was even a lighter, more sensitive and more responsive rod. I can really feel the line load on the back cast and can still send out a long delicate cast. I have caught everything from a few brookies to a few 18-20 inch bows. I am getting another Helios 2."
Review 6 for Helios 2 3-weight 8'4" Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
August 17, 2013
By: Xander6957
from Stafford, VA
"I've been fly fishing for over 30 years.
purchaced my 1st Orvis (ClearWater 7-W) which I love 3 years ago. Last year upgraded to Access 5-W Tip-Flex; Fantastic Rod. This year test drove Hilios2-W 8'4" in the back of store. I cast the line 20 yds toward the sales man. hel held the line in his hand and asked me to pull and increase tension. H2 2W Rod broke @ the "O" OrvisLOGO.
So I went on and purchaced the H2 3-W took it to the river next day beautiful day cought some nice small mouth bass. Within an Hr in my fishing the rod broke @ the handle during casting and I had to end my trip early. Went back to store and replaced it with Access. Hope the H3 is designed better.