The Helios 2 is a featherlight war club that defies the laws of physics and has the backbone of an I-beam. Lighter in hand and 20% stronger than any rod ever developed, it transitions energy directly from your brain to the fly and casts with the precision of a laser pointer. Made by hand in the Orvis, Manchester, Vermont rod shop, it’s a fly rod built by anglers who fish their way home from work, anglers with sunglasses-shaped tan lines, anglers who tie blood knots in their sleep.
Featuring all-new tapers fine-tuned to transfer energy along a smoother curve, the Helios 2 offers unrivaled tracking, accuracy, and additional lifting power while maintaining tippet protection. Built with a proprietary material integrated into the tip, the Helios 2’s impact strength is 100% stronger, the dampening has increased, and the swing weight has been reduced by 20% from the original Helios. Finished with striking midnight blue blanks, accenting wraps, crushproof REC Recoil® guides, REC California buckeye burl freshwater reel seats, REC woven graphite saltwater reel seats, black nickel skeletons, super-grade cork handles, and a UV-inhibiting paint coating, the Helios 2 is the finest fly rod ever produced.What Andy Thornal Company has discovered - reel selection should be carefully considered:
Example: 5 weight H2 fly rods. The first three reels are large arbor. The last is a traditional arbor. Nice weight (and dollar) savings if a traditional arbor will do the job.
Reels for Orvis H2 5-weight fly rods:
Orvis Mirage II for 3-5 weight fly line weighs 4.3 oz [Large Arbor]
Orvis Hydros II for 3-5 weight fly line weighs 4.3 oz [Large Arbor]
Waterworks Litespeed II for 4-6 weight fly line weighs 3.7 oz [Large Arbor]
Orvis BBS II for 3-5 weight fly line weighs 3.5 oz [Traditional]
Example: 8 weight H2 fly rods. The Waterworks Litespeed seems to have been made for the H2 Helios fly rod as it balances perfectly. But so does the Orvis BBS IV traditional reel. Most anglers will prefer the Large Arbor format for an 8 weight. One crank of the handle brings in about a foot of line, but purely thinking weight, consider a traditional format reel.
Reels for Orvis H2 8-weight fly rods:
Orvis Hydros IV for 7-8 weight fly line weighs 6.7 oz [Large Arbor]
Waterworks Guru III for 7 or 8 weight fly line weighs 5.5 oz [Large Arbor]
Waterworks Litespeed III for 8 weight fly line weighs 4.7 oz [Large Arbor]
Orvis BBS IV for 7-8 weight fly line weighs 4.5 oz [Traditional]
Some testimonials on Orvis' new Helios 2 fly rod shot during Trout Unlimited's "Demo Days."