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 11 reviews


    11 of 11 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

    • 5/5

      Rockin' the Helios - 5/21/2014
      By: from Golden, CO
      Top 250 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.

    • 5/5

      Light, Powerful, Strong. - 12/24/2012
      By: from Brazil.
      Top 1000 Contributor

      I remember one Orvis advertising years ago which writes "How do you describe the perfect fly rod?". I wrote on the magazine paper "light, strong, fast, and with power but friendly so my wrist won´t be hurt". Well, Orvis did it in 2012. The Helios 2 is all of it. The Perfect fly rod.

    • 5/5

      Amazing - 12/19/2012

      I own this rod. I gotta say, I won't go back to any other rods ever again. I will likely be using this rod for the next 25 years. It shoots line amazingly and is superlight. This rod is very interesting in that it is actually 1/4 oz heavier than the first Helios, however, when you hold it in your hands, it feels lighter. The casting is supersmooth and spot on. I will never fish another 8wt rod again.

    • 5/5

      Better than shoulder surgery - 12/7/2012
      By: from Boulder/Denver, CO

      I was able to cast this rod recently at the Boulder Orvis store. Wow! Hands down the finest rod Orvis has made. The rod has an equally beautiful finish to match its performance. Rod guides that collapse to combat the abuses of guiding and a reel seat that actually fits a variety of reels will make this our go to rod next season. Cannot wait to get this down to Cabo and battle some shore roosters!

    • 5/5

      Best rod ever - 12/4/2012
      By: from Michigan

      My friend is a die hard sage fan and i'm a die hard orvis fan. I got this rod for an early xmas present. We went out on my parents lake fishing heavy sink tips for pike. He has the sage 1 and he wanted to try my rod. He would not give back untill i hit him and his arm was tired after a couple hours and i felt i could of fished all day. The sage was a nice rod but the H2 was easier on your arm and my friend even had to admit it was more acurate


    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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