Helios 2 5-weight 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex

The ability to handle small dries and big streamers make this the best 5 wt. fly rod around.


2½ oz. 9' 4-piece Mip Flex fly rod for 5-wt. line.

In a culture that wants everything bigger, stronger, and faster, sometimes slowing things down can provide the greatest benefits. If you prefer parachutes to tungsten, live for emergers, and shudder at the thought of coneheads, this is the ideal fly rod. This medium-action Helios 2 5-weight 9' fly rod handles long leaders and light tippets with kindness, but won't shy away from those stubborn trout who won't eat anything that doesn't include rabbit strips and rubber legs. Be ready for anything that swims your way knowing that the best 5 wt. fly rod is in your hands. 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 9' Fly Rod—Mid Flex is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 12.
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    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sold my Sage for this rod Best rod I've ever bought, and I have bought many. Great feel, well mannered, and delivers.
    Date published: 2016-03-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure yet Got this rod in June of 2015. Loved the feel of the rod for the first few outings. Then the handle came apart. Sent rod back to Orvis for repair. Rod was repaired quickly and sent back. At this point confidence is still high that I have purchased on of the best fly rods available. Because of warm weather of late summer I then switched to musky fishing and was not using rod. It is now February of 2016 and back to trout fishing in central Pa. Rod broke at first and second sections. Now sending back again. I just received my 3rd H2. 9' 5WT MID flex. Also have had conversation with 2 local shops that have informed me they are experiencing a high number of failures with the H2. Still deciding if I should sell this new rod or give it another try.
    Date published: 2016-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great rod Just tried it today on a local river. Casts like a dream! Would highly recommend
    Date published: 2015-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional! I always believed equipment wouldn't make a better angler. This rod proves that false. I upgraded from a clearwater rod and can't believe how much better this rod feels/casts. The fit and finish is superb. Loads very nicely yet retains excellent strength and power, very sensitive too. A joy to cast all day. I believe I'm in love!
    Date published: 2015-08-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Rod I have an early CFO III reel which needed a rod to go with it and the Helios 2 seemed like a good choice. I purchased a 5 weight mid flex . Wow, what a great rod it is! It is so light I can go all day with it and can out cast my thirty year old Orvis 7 weight which has always been my go to rod until now. Beautiful craftsmanship and the envy of my fishing partner.
    Date published: 2014-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Rod Can't say enough about my Helios 2 9' 5Wt. Super Light, and great action, makes an average caster great, and an experienced one sublime. Great looks, and when paired with the Mirage II and Hydros 3D line...becomes an incredible trout sniper. Can't wait to get a 10' 3Wt :)
    Date published: 2014-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My best flyrod ever I got this rod latge in the season, but managed to test it on streams in the Roros distrrict fishing for greyling. The rod is precise, easy to cast, light in the hand, and it casts very long and at the same time very delicate presentations of my flies. I am very satisfied with the purchase, and will recomend the rod to my flyfishing friends.
    Date published: 2014-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from best yet I started fly fishing three years ago, started with an Orvis Clearwater nice rod and as a beginner it taught me how to cast. As my skill level improved like all of us I wanted a better rod.I went to my Orvis store and thought it was time for an Access. This rod had good reviews and cast well. As I was finished with my lawn casting I said while I am here can I cast the new Helios 2. I was hoping it was not much better to save the money. I was shocked at what an upgrade it was over the Access. The wind was blowing around 15 to 20 MPH so I tried both rods into the wind no contest. The Helios 2 is a special rod. The Helios 2 is very smooth yet you can fell the power for distance or like today into the wind.This rod is worth testing and if you can swing the dollars an amazing rod.
    Date published: 2013-08-14
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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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