Helios 2 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod—Mid Flex

The Helios 2 is the best fly rod the world has ever seen.


2¼ oz. 8'6", 4-piece, Mid-Flex fly rod for 5-wt. line.

You see that brown trout gently sipping duns in the back eddy over there? He's not going to catch himself. Tie on a cripple, put on some floatant, and make sure you have this Helios 2 in your hands. The rest is academic. Lighter in hand than the original Helios, and with unrivaled tracking ability, this medium-action 5-weight feels just as home on the River Test as it does on that little brook running through the woods by your house. This all around trout fly rod will handle flies, fish, and rivers—large or small—with equal aplomb and sensitivity. 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.

  • 20% stronger than the original Helios
  • 20% lighter in hand
  • 100% increase in tip-impact strength
  • Fine-tuned tapers for unrivaled tracking, accuracy, and lifting power

  • Reviews

    Helios 2 5-weight 8'6" Fly Rod—Mid Flex is rated 4.9286 out of 5 by 14.
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    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great fly rod! This rod is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeett!! It feels great, casts great, balanced great, etc etc. Looks fantastic.
    Date published: 2016-01-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent rod I chose the H2 865 mid flex to use as my "go to" rod for most situations. I often travel, and I thought its length and weight would be a good all-around match for most situations I encounter. I was right. The H2 is the best rod with which I have ever fished. I'm so pleased with it. It is much more powerful than another manufacturer's 9' 5 wt tip flex (the H2 is replacing this rod), yet the H2 retains the delicacy and accuracy for fishing in rhodendron infested high-gradient streams. It seems like I'm losing fewer fish with this rod too for some reason. Anyway, keep up the great work Orvis.
    Date published: 2015-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Rod Beautiful, great craftsmanship, extremely lightweight, easy to handle, tight loops, accurate even at long distances, even handles well in moderate winds. Exceeded expectations. Love it!!!
    Date published: 2015-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best rod I ever owned For Xmas 2014 My wife gave me the Helios 2 5 wt 8'6". Since I live in the Northest the snow finally melted and last week I was able to take the rod out for a pratice session. I was blown away. It was like holding a straw that you could cast a line 25-30 ft with zero effort. I have 7 now 8 Orvis rods andthis is THE BEST!! The combination of this rod and the newHyros line makes this an unbeatable piece of equipment.
    Date published: 2015-04-21
    Date published: 2014-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Purchase Ever Rod casts like a dream! Accurate at all distances. Very forgiving to setting up with line weights above or below it's rating. Casts great on windy days as well. Well apportioned and cork has a great feel. Can't get any better.
    Date published: 2014-09-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Flawless Just got my rod in the mail today! The second it got into my hand I knew it was something special. Not only does it come in a really cool case the weight and detail are just outright ridiculous. Brought it down the road to the closest pond to test it out and caught the biggest bass all summer for me. I was able to reach every part of the pond with extreme casting precision and distance. Great product
    Date published: 2013-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better the 2nd time around where the helios fell short the H2 is long. this feel of this rod is much more pronounced over the original helios. you can feel what the rod is doing more. This "feel" translates to better timing on your loading and power moves in your cast. The "feel" also translates into accuracy as you can tell where the rod tip is pointing. that said this is the first "modern" rod I have used that I feel has struck the balance between old and new graphite. Some of you will understand when I say this rod is slow where you want it to be and fast where you need it to be. I highly recommend demoing this rod to the discerning casting. Throw out all the hype about this ONE or talk about that ONE. Go cast the H2, FEEL the difference. I took two of these rods to a famous casting school in the catskills this spring and students and teachers were impressed. we set all the rods out in a field and rotated through them all. Winston, Sage, Hardy, Scott, TFO, you name it it was there. At the end of the session I could feel the difference in hand and see the result in the distance and accuracy. But again, don't take my word for it. Talk is cheap, go cast one!
    Date published: 2013-07-23
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    Best in Class, as judged by the Gear Institute, 2012
    Recipient of an Editor's Choice Award from Fly Fusion magazine, 2012
    Winner of Fly Fisherman magazine's Best New Rod Series award, 2013
    Winner of Men's Journal Gear of the Year Award, 2012.
    Winner of American Angler's Gear of the Year Award as one of the best new fly-fishing products chosen by the magazine's editorial staff.
    Trout and Salmon Recommends for 2013. Recipient of "Recommended for 2013" award from Trout & Salmon magazine.

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