Helios 2 8-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

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


3¼ oz. 9', 4-piece, Tip-Flex fly rod for 8-wt. line.

The wind swirls across the flat as the sun blasts you from above. A silvery streak flickers beneath the surface. This is your one shot. Make it count. Make sure you're fishing the Helios 2. Strong, light in the hand, and deadly accurate, the 908-4 Helios 2 is the most complete and versatile big-game fly rod we've ever produced. Swing for salmon in brisk weather or toss Crazy Charlies in tropic heat; the H2 doesn't care. He's hungry for big flies, big water, and even bigger fish. Give him what he wants. 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

    Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 15 reviews


    15 of 15 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      best - 4/13/2015

      I own and have owned several fly rods. some customer, some Sage. The Helios 2 is the best casting 8 wt I have ever thrown. I have broken a few over the years with falls and accidents. the warranty is the best in the business. This rod is a perfect choice for windy conditions . I have fished from the bahamas for bones, spring wyoming for trout and Alaska for bows and silvers, and this rod can handle all of it with pleasure. Worth the investment!

    • 5/5

      Best 8wt ever PERIOD - 1/2/2015
      By: from Mty, Mexico

      I bought this rod towards the end of 2012, but I did not wanted to make the review until I had made this rod bend more times that I could count. I am a serious fan of g loomis and sage but when it comes to eight weights, nothing replaces my helios 2. I have caught hundreds of bones, bass, trout, boxfish, snook, tarpon, 2 permit, snapper, bluefin trevally, triggerfish and this rod has never let me down. I have recomended this rod to anybody that needs a new 8wt or that is just looking for fly rod awesomeness. Great job orvis!

    • 5/5

      One Sweet Rod - 11/8/2014
      By: from Gig Harbor, WA
      Top 50 Contributor

      I bought this to fish for silvers and chums around here. This is one terrific rod. Easy to cast but terrific line speed. The light weight makes it feel and cast as if it were a 6 weight. Like my other Helios 2's, this is going to be a long-term fishing companion for me. Well done, Orivs - again.

    • 5/5

      Only the best. - 10/22/2014
      By: from Wisconsin
      Top 250 Contributor

      Also, one of many (soon) of my fav's. I have multi weights of this same rod. Excellent!!

    • 5/5

      Rockin' the Helios - 5/21/2014
      By: from Golden, CO
      Top 100 Contributor

      First, I must mention that I have been a Sage fan for a long time (I own 6 rods). I would never knock Sage, but this Helios rod might. Upon opening the box I first noticed the handsome looks of this rod, it is an outstanding piece of craftsmanship. I could not wait to get this rod on the water so I immediately gave my self the day off. I went big right out of the gate with this rod - spring pike. Hucking hefty pike bunnys and baitfish patterns was a cakewalk with this Helios 8 wt. Accuracy was spot on and hook sets were fast and powerful. This rod delivers the goods and has a strong backbone for turning and horsing in the baddest of the bad in the river. That said, I believe this rod will probably make me a better FFisher. A perfect rod for the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    • 5/5

      Love this Rod - 8/26/2013

      I love this fly rod. I fish the southeast wisconsin for smallies, carp, steelhead, salmon. They are no match for this rod. It is so light, yet extremely powerful and accurate in casting. The casting is so smooth and when I hold it, it feels as light as my 6 wt winston gvx rod. This rod lives up to it's hype of being extremely tough as well. I accidentally slammed my car door on it and my heart dropped south, but it didn't break at all and still works like a charm :)

    • 5/5

      Wonder Rod - 7/25/2013
      By: from New Brunswick, Canada

      Bought this combo last month and just recently got to give it a try. This is a very, very nice piece. I had the ZG before this and the helios 2 performs even better, if that's possible. Big eastern canadian salmon are easily wrestled in with this rod. A+ in my book!

    • 5/5

      helios - 6/23/2013
      By: from uk

      thid is the best rod i have used and found it very good when bone fishing good tip and could get 10 yed more like out felt good when had good fish on the like going to get a 6 wt as well

    • 5/5

      Awesome! - 3/24/2013
      By: from Athens, GA, USA

      Just got back from a trip to the Rio Limay Medio in Patagonia, Argentina. Used this rod for the first time. What an amazing rod for streamer fishing! I pulled in a 12lb. Brown, 30 inches, with no problems. Cast where I wanted to put the fly, whether heavy streamer or lighter minnow streamer. Great fun! BTW, I am 69 and female. Love it. Big difference from Helios 1 which I still think is a great rod. Now hope they expand the line.

    • 5/5

      WOW - 1/18/2013
      By: from Aiea, HI

      One word: WOW! Who knew what a great caster I was. The 8WT was like magic in my hands on the wind blown flats of Hawaii. What a beautiful rod, casts like a charm, will be buying another in 9WT.


    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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