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Helios 2 4-weight 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex

2¼ oz. 9' 4-piece Mid Flex fly rod for 4-wt. line. 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.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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5 of 5(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Helios 2 4-weight 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Review 1 for Helios 2 4-weight 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A great rod...,
September 8, 2015
By: GuyWithAFly
from Northern Arizona
"This is my second Helios 2 package. I also own (and highly recommend) a H2 3wt 8'4 mid-flex rod. After some battles with strong headwinds and long days on the San Juan fighting whales, I knew I needed something a bit stronger.
So I got this beauty, and on the first day, I landed 3 good sized 14"ers in Oak Creek Canyon, a small creek that a friend and I joked was beautiful to cast in and had the spookiest fish in AZ. Wow! This rod worked perfectly with longer delicate dry fly presentations and dead drifts over fast water. I am still blown away. The Mirage II reel is great, love the positive 'clicks' and feeling the subtle changes in drag. Money well spent, for sure.
Now I have the 3wt fencing foil and the 4wt scimitar--perfect for the local waters.
Review 2 for Helios 2 4-weight 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
All day Casting Comfort,
July 8, 2014
By: Billyrich1235
from New York, NY
"Used for five day float on the Smith River in MT. Accurate casts and frequent recasts were required. Excellent performance and zero shoulder pain after a hard day of fishing. Landed many Browns and big Bows easily. I know I got my money's worth and much more. Now I need to make time to fish it every day all summer."
Review 3 for Helios 2 4-weight 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Fishing Rod,
December 30, 2013
By: BR14
from Los Angeles, CA
"I purchased this fishing rod for a friend that is a serious fly fisherman. He loved it. The fishing rod is extremely light and it came in a nice case. The pruchase experience was very nice at ORVIS."
Review 4 for Helios 2 4-weight 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
August 22, 2013
By: Rquill
"I owned the Zero Gravity 9' 4wt Mid-flex 7.5 and it was my favorite Orvis rod ever. On a recent trip the rod broke at the lower ferrule and could not be repaired. Orvis sent me a new Helios 2 9' 4wt Mid-flex as a replacement. The rod is absolutely beautiful everything is top notch. As far as how the rod performance is concerned, it is dead on accurate and throws very tight loops. The only negative thing I can say is that the H2 mid-flex seems to be a little softer( for my liking ) compared to what my ZG mid-flex was. Looking forward to getting out and fishing it. Thank you Orvis for the great customer service!!"
Review 5 for Helios 2 4-weight 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Another winner,
August 4, 2013
By: DrPhil
from Melbourne, Australia
"My second Orvis rod; my first was a Helios 1 12w originally bought for GT's but now my go-to rod for long tail tuna in Northern Australia. That was the tip flex, a deeply impressive powerhouse and yet easy to cast for an "advanced beginner". So why not try a Helios 2 I ask myself. This is to be my main rod for small to moderate sized stream fishing for wild brownies; so I specified the mid flex and am teaming it with a Force SL and 5 weight WF AirFlo line. Jackpot. Another beautiful Orvis product; deep blue with a hint of sparkle, sexy titanium guides and here is a rod with soul! I read about rods that can make you a better caster, a lot of it is hype but this time I find myself casting perfect straight loops with little pointy ends right out of the box, and feel like I could do it in my sleep. I'm looking forward to a great season with my new best mate!"