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Helios 2 9-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

3¾ oz. 9', 4-piece, Tip-Flex fly rod for 9-wt. line. 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.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.
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Customer Reviews for Helios 2 9-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Review 1 for Helios 2 9-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Casting Machine,
November 12, 2013
By: BluewaterBill
from Islamorada, FL
"I just fished the Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament in Islamorada with the H2 9wt. The winds HOWLED both days of the tournament -- often blowing well in excess of 20mph. Florida Bay had turned chalky and the fish weren't happy. In these conditions, the H2 was the difference between success and failure. I was able to punch through the wind, get to distant targets and ultimately, win the Fly Division of the tournament. Over two days, I literally put in hundreds -- if not thousands -- of casts with the Helios2 and came away with not so much as a slightly tired arm. The H2s are -- in every sense of the word -- winning rods."
Review 2 for Helios 2 9-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My new favorite fly rod,
June 11, 2013
By: Captfly
from Rhode Island
"I have used many different rods in the past and I can honestly say this one is worlds apart from the competition. My very first time picking it up I threw the entire 300 grain depth charge line without a problem. It is lighter than all 10 weights I own and has just as much backbone. This rod will be the last one you will ever purchase (unless you get an 8 and a 10 like I did). It casts smoother than the Helios, lighter and stronger per ounce than Sage Xi3. It looks fragile but it casts big flies to stripers no problem."
Review 3 for Helios 2 9-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Perfection 9 Weight.,
March 5, 2013
By: FSBrazil
from Brazil.
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"I used this rod on a 3 day trip to the Everglades last february. Winter fishing is very technical, requiring absolut precise casts 5 feet or 60 feet. The rod could cast with total control and can lift the line in seconds if the fish turn to the other side or move.
This is the best 9 weight ever.
Review 4 for Helios 2 9-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
2nd one,
February 1, 2013
By: mjh96701
from Aiea, HI
"this is my second Helios2 first was an 8wt this was a 9wt. Love this one as much the last one. Best rods I have ever owned."