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Helios 2 7-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

4⅞ oz. 11', 4-piece, Tip Flex fly rod for 7-wt. line. The sun's glow peeks over the misty horizon, imminent and immense. In front of you is liquid glass, the only movement the occasional wave lapping the cobbles beneath your feet. Salt is in the air. Just as soon as you find solitude on this stretch of beach, a betraying swirl points to the existence of fish. As you reach both hands over your head to cast into the blue-gray water, thoughts of your job, your responsibilities, and your worries vanish. In that moment, all you care about are the fish, whatever they may be. Get 11 feet closer to discovery. Let the Helios 2 be your guide. 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.
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Customer Reviews for Helios 2 7-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Review 1 for Helios 2 7-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Extremely Versatile,
December 15, 2014
By: Seabass
from Northern California
"Steelhead are fish in an ever changing environment. An angler pursuing such a fish not only needs to be versatile and adapt to different water conditions but also needs the proper tool to do so. Want to skate a dry in the morning? Or dredge a bunny leech with T-14? How 'bout lob an indicator rig to the far seam across the river? No problem. This rod can easily handle any situation that comes its way for most small to medium sized rivers.
I've found this rod can handle a great variety of lines in a pretty large grain window. I've experimented with a variety of skagit, scandi and switch lines in the 420-510 grain window and the rod performed flawlessly chucking big flies with an intermediate skagit head, and delicately placing dries with a floating scandi... Truly impressive.
Another great aspect of the rod is sensitivity. Due to the lightweight construction and materials, I can easily feel minute current pressures, telling me to make changes in line and rod position, controlling the speed of the swing.
Overall, this micro-spey/switch rod is super-light, balanced, and has great sensitivity while maintaining strength. This is a seriously versatile Steelhead rod!!!
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Review 2 for Helios 2 7-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing experience,
October 28, 2014
By: ZAV60
from PA
"HELIOS 2 7wt switch. This rod was advised to me by Marlton, NJ retail Store fly fishing manager. He was %100 RIGHT! Recently I have been fishing at Pulaski, NY. I don't want to go deep into details (casting, mending, drift, stripping and etc.). The major part of that rod:
1. lightest switch rod on market;
2. can hold salmon and steelhead on sizes 30" - 40";
3. not stiff for smaller fish;
4. and the last one (for yours fisherman soul) - you will not believe how many times I heard: "O..O..O..O.. HELIOS2!!!" That "O..O..O..O.." make you feel good... This is not a simple rod, this is my fishing partner!
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Review 3 for Helios 2 7-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Beats the competition, two hands down...,
July 10, 2014
By: MrBill
"This is such a great switch/short Spey rod. It is much lighter and more responsive than the other brands that I have tried. One of my guides was so impressed when he tried it, that I didn't think I was going to get it back from him. Two handed casting is so much fun and swinging flies for steelhead, salmon, and big trout is such a blast with this outfit (the Mirage reel is a perfect companion to this rod). Great product."
Review 4 for Helios 2 7-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Thing of Beauty,
January 22, 2014
By: NNCC
from San Jose, CA
"Ridiculously lightweight, effortless casting, and tons of power... just an awesome switch rod. I use this for steelhead fishing in mid-to-large rivers in addition to saltwater striper fishing and perch fishing in the surf. Lightweight so you can cast it and high-stick all day and not get fatigued, super-smooth and easy to cast which comes in handy throwing large streamers and heavy steelhead indicator rigs. I definitely foresee this as the last 7-wt. switch rod I ever buy."
Review 5 for Helios 2 7-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Light Artillery,
November 23, 2013
By: Karoondinha
from Spring Creek Country, PA
"We took this rod out to chase some great lakes steelhead. This rod performed well across the board. From high stick nymphing (euro) to swinging streamers. This rod was sensitive enough to pick up the softest take and strong enough to handle the hardest hit and run. This rod is light in the hand but an absolute cannon. What a pleasure to cast."