Ice coats the guides of your rod like a glassy fog. It floats down the river in semi-solid chunks and runs through your veins like a bitter winter chill. Winter steelheading is not for the pretenders. You're out here because the river is yours when everyone else stays inside and because you can't think of anything you'd rather be doing. Part of the day, you nymph beneath an indicator. Then you switch to swinging streamers. Luckily, the 8-weight 10' Helios 2 pulls double duty. You tell yourself "one more cast" as you lose feeling in your fingers. Suddenly, your line goes tight and that breathless surge of adrenaline radiating through your chest is the only feeling that matters. 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
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 1 reviews
1 of 1 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
One Word... -
By: Seabass from Northern California
One word sums up this rod: Power, accuracy, response, greatness... ok those are a few words, but this rod lives up to and surpasses them all. I originally had the 908 H2, but was having trouble finding the right line to match such a fast rod... I felt I needed a 10wt line to properly load the thing since I am using it in harsh conditions on the California Delta, San Francisco Bay, and Coast. The customer service at the San Jose, Ca Orvis is so awesome. I brought up the issue with the fishing manager Nathan and he recommended the 10' 8wt. What a difference!!! I wouldn't say the 10' rod has slower action than the 9', but the rod loads more evenly and with more power... using the same Hydros 8wt Bass Line. I had no problem sending the line out 90ft straight into 15-20mph wind with a heavy weight clouser. I would assume this would be THE rod to use in the tropics for Bonefish, permit, baby tarpon, etc... and can only assume this will be an awesome Fall/Winter Salmon Steelhead rod as well. For those still in doubt, I also had the opportunity to fish on the California Delta with the Sage XI3; which is comparable in price to the H2. Well, I have to say the H2 blows the XI3 out of the water.... better action, more response, better accuracy, more power, better materials, better components... hands down... sorry Sage. If you are looking for the best fly rod this is it, forget about the 9 foot rod, and backed with the unconditional warranty, it's a no brainer!
|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.|
|Recipient of "Recommended for 2013" award from Trout & Salmon magazine.|