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Helios 2 8-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

5⅛ oz. 11', 4-piece, Tip Flex fly rod for 8-wt. line. You stand on the brink of madness, shooting cast after cast through the driving snow in sub-zero temperatures. They say steelhead are the fish of 1,000 casts and, even though you're not counting, you swear you're approaching 5,000. Sometimes, you're not sure why you do it. But in those moments of doubt, visions of wild hens covered in sea lice—living sculptures made of pure sterling silver—scream through your mind, their dazzling pink cheeks and humble beginnings in the very water in which you stand trigger your reflexes. Cast, step, repeat; cast, step, repeat. Then you think to yourself, who's counting anyway? Get 11 feet closer to your next affirmation with the Helios 2. 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 8-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
Review 1 for Helios 2 8-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
genuine 8 weight switch,
July 20, 2015
By: thelongboot
from UK
"This switch rod looks beautiful (but without being too flashy) and is a pleasure to use. Paired with a Rio Scandi Short Versitip, I've used it to catch Atlantic salmon to 17lbs, and it's handled them all with ease. Quick landing time, no extended fights, even in heavy water – not bad for a 11ft rod that weighs a fraction over 5oz!
On weight: one of the main reasons I opted for the H2 is that it's one of (if not the only) genuine 8 weight switch rods on the market today. In that you can actually cast it one handed for an extended period of time (from the beach, say) which is something you'd never do with the Sage One 8 weight switch, for example. That rod, like many others at 8 weight and above, is a baby Spey rod – nothing more, nothing less.
Two gripes: first, the cork handles can be a bit heavy on filler. I know quality cork is hard to come by these days, but still, these are top end rods; at this price I think it's fair to expect handles without large areas of filler. Second, the carbon fibre tubes all the H2 rods come in is a bit gimmicky. Very light, of course (it's made from the same material as the rod), but it cracks and even shatters much too easily to work as a rod tube/protector. I've ditched mine and got a leather covered plastic tube instead, which is much more practical ... even if I did have to have it custom made.
I wish there was a 4 weight rod in this range – even a 3 weight. Come on, Orvis. Make it happen."
Review 2 for Helios 2 8-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Performance,
September 18, 2014
By: Monsoon1
"I recently took the new switch rod and reel to Mongolia for Taimen and it performed magnificently. I cast the rod all day for 7 days with little fatigue. I caught many Taimen with it including one 45". It cast effortlessly for good distance and was extremely reliable on many Taiman fights. It is a very good length and handled better than the Spey rods that I was given to try. I love this rod!!"
Review 3 for Helios 2 8-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
The best rod for steelhead,
January 29, 2014
By: Luke28
from Brooklyn ,ny
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"Having this rod has made me able to fish longer and harded for steelhead in the winter months ."
Review 4 for Helios 2 8-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Glad to see outfit uses Mirage V,
January 23, 2014
By: WJBcuse
"I am glad to see that you are recommending the Mirage V reel with this outfit. I bought the same outfit at one of your stores and the salesman suggested the Mirage IV and it wasn't really large enough to hold a Skagit head. I was new to spey casting and really didn't know any better so I went along with him. After a while it dawned on me that maybe I should have bought a bigger diameter reel. He replaced it for a Mirage V but was just a little bit chippy about it. I had some difficulties with my H2 8 wt switch too (it broke in the same place twice), and he kind of insinuated that maybe I didn't know what I was doing and that he has sold a lot of these outfits and none of his customers have had trouble except me. Although he replaced the products he made it seem like he was doing me a big favor when he did it. I like Orvis products but now will do business with my local fly shop. They are just so much easier to do business with, seem so much more grateful when I spend money with them, and are so much more knowledgeable than the factory store employee in question."