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Helios 2 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod—Tip Flex

3⅜ oz. 9'6", 4-piece, Tip-Flex fly rod for 6-wt. line. Sooner or later, you're going to tie on a streamer. Maybe you've been brought up with dry-fly parents, or you've been schooled in the ways of the nymph by a wise mentor—it makes no difference. We all succumb to the ways of the Woolly Bugger. When you do, the 6-weight, 9'6" Helios 2 will be here waiting. Power? Check. Accuracy? Double check. Take this as your invitation to join us. 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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3 of 3(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Helios 2 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Review 1 for Helios 2 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Don't overload line on this rod,
November 3, 2014
By: steelcranium
from Seattle, WA, USA
"Purchased this one from our local Orvis in my pursuit of sea run cuts. It was recommended to me to use the Saltwater All'rounder and overloaded with a 7 weight line instead of 6 weight. New to casting surface poppers, I quickly learned that's not my thing. Additionally, the line seemed to me to overload the rod, rendering it's tip-flex rather noodly, significantly slowing down the action of the rod as you let more line out while double hauling. I turned to a 6 weight intermediate Outbound Short line which fit the rod better in my opiinion, but honestly, I think it's still too much line weight for the rod to handle. Get the head all the way out a few feet into the handling line and the action of the rod slows significantly to the point its tough to keep enough line speed. I'm an intermediate to advanced intermediate caster and I can put this line out with this rod 50-65 feet, but it's slooooow and there is little room for error.. Finally, I put on a standard WF, 6 weight saltwater floater, and this feels like the perfect match for the action of the rod - again, I want an intermediate line, so I'm in search of a 6 weight line that's not too aggressively weighted in the head section. In summary, I"m disappointed with the recommended line from the start and finding it tricky to match the rod with the proper line to keep the loading balanced properly."
Review 2 for Helios 2 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
retirement treat,
April 22, 2014
By: mollydog2
from Oxfordshire
"Bought it on the morning with my wife in attendance. Took it out for a try on the afternoon and first cast I took a fish, this has got to be a good sign for the future.
With ease I soon got to casting past my best and into line which normaly stays on the reel, this on a still no wind at all day.
One small complaint, no place to hang the fly at the butt.
Review 3 for Helios 2 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Best Rod I've Ever Cast!,
July 21, 2013
By: SRCTom
from Gig Harbor, WA
"I just got back from my first time taking my H2 out to the Sound for sea run cutthroats. All I can say is WOW!
The rod felt light in hand and through the entire casting stroke. No vibration anywhere in the cast - the rod was smooth through my back and forward casts. It sounds like marketing hyperbole, but the rod did indeed feel like an extension of my hand.
No matter the length of line out, the H2 gave me confidence like I've not felt before with any other rod. At all lengths the line moved smoothly and crisply.
And does it shoot line! I was using an Outbound 6wt floating line, a line that I had trouble getting to work with on other rods given its long head. Not the H2. It was easy casting. Amazing.
This is the finest fly rod I've ever cast. Thank you Orvis - this rod stands head and shoulders above all the others. It will make anyone a better caster."