Helios 2 9-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex

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

Details

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

Stripers haunt you, bonefish taunt you—and don't get you started on redfish. You're a big-game hunter with a big-time need for a fly rod with firepower. Enter the Helios 2. Lighter in hand and stronger than the original Helios, the 909-4 Helios 2 will turn the one that got away from an urban legend to a picture on your cellphone. From meat-eating salmonids to finicky saltwater species, this is the ultimate weapon for big-game targets. With a shocking amount of backbone and unbelievable tracking, no matter what you fish for, lips will be ripped. 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 9-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex is rated 4.8462 out of 5 by 13.
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    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the jungles of Bolivia Took my new Helios 2 (9wt) to Tsimane in the jungles of Bolivia last September to chase Dorado, Pacu, and Yatorana. The conditions varied from still and oppressively hot, to windy and rainy. At every turn this rod did it's job, putting the big streamers on target. During the course of the week I landed fish ranging from 5 -30 lbs, and the strong backbone of this rod never failed me. I'll be returning to Bolivia this coming season, and plan on purchasing another Helios 2 in a 7 wt to compliment my 9.
    Date published: 2016-01-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Rod Amazing rod, very fast and helpful to cast large flies. I recommend it.
    Date published: 2015-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This rod is a work of art... Let the snow clear and the Bass return!
    Date published: 2015-02-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killer striper rod I picked up the 9ft 9wt H2 after completely falling in love with my 8'6" 5wt H2. This rod just leaves you with a huge grin after casting, my favorite is to let an Orvis skeptic cast it. They always eat their words fast, ha! Plenty of backbone to toss some chunky grocery Pollock flies for stripers but delicate enough to feel even the most subtle takes. The action on this rod is perfect for what I was looking for and I can still bomb flies pretty far on windy days. Highly recommended.
    Date published: 2014-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helios 2 9 wt. tip floex I bought the rod to take fishing for Atlantic salmon fishing on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada. It did not disappoint. Easy to cast, the line pick-up was phenomenal, and it was very light in hand. I had a least 1,000 casts per day and my arm and shoulder never got tired. Paired with the Mirage V and Orvis Hydros All-Around 9wt. line. It took all the salmon had to dish out and stood up very well. I will use it to fish saltwater back home in Louisiana. It is well worth the money.
    Date published: 2014-08-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Striper Fishing I have owned several Orvis rods previously but frankly have not been terrible impressed. But on the recommendation of a friend I recently bought the Helios-2 9ft 9wt rod for saltwater fishing, particularly for striped bass. I am very impressed by the rod which is quite the best of the many 9wt rods I own. It works particularly well with a 10wt intermediate line. I can cast the line further and more accurately than I can with other rods. Well done, Orvis
    Date published: 2014-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cast a mile with this rod I go wade fishing for stripers in Boston Harbor. When you're on foot it's important to be able to cast as far as possible to hit that hole that is just out of reach. This rod does it for me, it adds ten to twenty feet to my cast. Don't you love new technology!
    Date published: 2014-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left me with a stupid grin. As if I needed another reason to be obsessed with salty fly rodding... This rod paired with the Mirage V reel with the Hydros intermediate striper line was a huge surprise Christmas gift from my wife and kids and after a long awful winter I finally got to use it when we visited my in-laws in Fl in March. I hired a Guide out of (Orvis endorsed) CB's in Siesta Key and spent the day on Sarasota Bay catching pompano, Spanish macks, Crevalle jacks, sea trout, and ladyfish. The rod made me giddy. My previous 9 wt was the Access tip flex and it's a fantastic rod but the H2 has such incredible loading power and such amazing accuracy- it feels like it's working with your double haul instead of being worked by it. Seriously. In saltwater where distance can really count, this rod not only didn't let me down it left a stupid grin on my face, haha! And the backbone! Trying to turn a determined pompano is a blast but this rod made it so much more fun because of the confidence the backbone instilled. Get that fish- the rod can handle it! Now after numerous outings back home on the Jersey Shore tangling with blues and even a few largemouth excursions into freshwater, I've grown kind of spoiled, but sometimes after a particularly great cast, or while fighting a particularly stubborn bluefish, the stupid grin is back on my face.
    Date published: 2014-06-09
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    Awards

    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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