There may not be many truths in fly fishing, but here is one: you can't catch a fish if you can't get a fly in front of it. Thanks to the most accurate and versatile 5-weight we've ever created, that problem will disappear forever. Whether you're slinging lead toward an undercut bank or dropping tricos in a glass-calm tailout from 50 feet away, the 905-4 Helios 2 will perform with precision, sensitivity, and brute force when necessary. Lighter in hand and stronger than the original Helios, you'll be able to fish longer, fish harder, and feel the difference a superior rod makes. 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: 4.8 / 5 based on 28 reviews
25 of 28 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
almost not fair -
By: 4WDFlyfisher from Ostrander, OH
Top 50 Contributor
Accuracy, feel, great-looking hardware and finish. WF5F Hydros 3-D line and UK-made CFO reel (the limited-edition reproduction). I have the luxury of being able to cast a lot of different rods, and the H2 is most certainly the best technical stick for putting a fly where you want it, and to safely and efficiently bring a fish to hand. When I share it with other casters/fishermen the temptation seems to be, since it is such a "fast" rod, to speed up their cast. When I convince them to slow down and smooth out their cast, they are inevitably rewarded and amazed. Bought the 4-wt tip flex, too, after fishing the 5-wt for awhile, and am pretty sure I will be picking up the 8-wt this spring to fill out the armory.
Not impressed with my tip flex -
By: Damnuge from Yonkers
I'm really having trouble with my tip flex,I just can't cast it like my mid flex rods, I've only fished with it 4 times,I'm going to ask orvis to exchange it for a midflex, can someone give me there opinion on what I should do?
Fantastic Rod, even better customer service -
By: Bluekygrass from Cumberland River, KY
Got a chance to put my H2 9' 5wt tip-flex (w Orvis Hydros 3D line) through the paces yesterday. Fantastic rod. Threw some drys, dry-droppers, and a weighted nymph setup with ease and accuracy. Handled 3 20"+ rainbows with ease. Great feel, fantastic and light to cast, and confident handling bringing the fish to net. Great customer service to match.
Second H2 -
By: Helosales from Whidbey Island, WA
Purchased an 9' TF 5wt for my wife to replace an older mid flex for nymph and streamer use. Turns out it is great for big drys and hooper/dropper so it is a great all-round rod if you want to travel light. She raved about it so much I had to get one too! Have not fished my new H2 yet, but used hers on a trip to MT and ID and loved it. Regarding durability, do not know yet, too soon.
Best of the best -
I've been using Orvis fly rods for 15 years now, I can't speak about other fly rod makers because I haven't used anything but Orvis . Why change when you got the best right off the bat. I've used the T3 ,TLS, Clearwater and several others models. The Helios 2 is super light and is super easy to load without shocking it . The Helios 2 is heads above the other models, simply the best rods I have ! You may ask why I haven't tried other rod makers? I will tell you customer service is the answer they have the best customer service I have ever dealt with. What happens if you brake an expensive rod and the other makers give you guff well your out of rod and angry. Never happened with Orvis kind and fast service is what I like and demand to be a repeat customer.
Helios 2 5-weight 9' Fly Rod—Tip Flex -
By: Mcp8181 from tucson, az.
I spend a lot of time researching before picking the 905-4 Helios 2 and I was not disappointed. It is the first high end rod that I have own and one of the best looking rods too. Forgot about the looks the first time out with it because of the way it feels and the accurate is unreal. Just stated getting into casting streamers and this rod handle them just as good as smallest dry or nymphs. I fish from a float tube a lot and being lower to the water and shoulder replacement that only give 50% uses of the shoulder, it makes it a little hard to cast for me. With this rod it’s not a problem at all. I will be taking a motorcycle trip from Az. to the upper part of Michigan and planning on fly fishing all the way there very soon and this rod will be going with me. Also the Orvis App. help me get a license in any state I am in. Thanks Orvis
Love the "touch" -
By: QKSLVR from Newfoundland, Canada
I've just retired after 39 years as a dental surgeon.. My new Helios2 gives me tactile feedback like I've grown to expect from my favourite instruments. It's so much fun to drop that dry fly in front of Mr. Trout, effortlessly. Thank you Orvis.
super rod -
Great action and can even take a bit heaver line, if needed.
Outstanding Upgrade -
By: DCG9 from Tolland, CT
I recently upgraded to a Helios 2 after using a mid-level Orvis Rocky Mountain 5wt mid-flex rod for about 15 years. Although I love my old rod, the difference between this rod and my previous are night and day. The Helios 2 was very fun to cast behind the Orivs store, but there are a few things in particular that stood out once I got it on the water: Precision - I was able to place the fly EXACTLY where I wanted. In fact, I didn't realize how imprecise my old rod was until I fished with the new Helios 2. Tighter loops - I suspect this is partially due to the difference between a mid- and tip-flex rod, but my loops are much tighter, allowing my to get into and under tighter lies. Mending - My mending skills seemed to improve ten-fold. Not only was I able to mend more accurately, but I was able to throw the entire line above the fly, then perform a second mend closer to me to account for slower current, all without disturbing the fly. Backbone - The new Helios 2 is significantly stiffer than my old rod, which has allowed me to more easily bring fish to net, especially with a long leader. I highly recommend casting this rod when you get a chance. You won't be disappointed.
Smartest purchase ever -
By: CodyPerson from Memphis, TN
Well, i purchased my 9ft 5wt Helios 2 to fish for trout all over the Ozarks, paired it up with a Mirage Reel and im golden, couldn't be happier with it, the rod shoots line beautifully and with amazing accuracy, never have i had so much confidence in a rod until now. Casting is a dream. Its everything that you would expect from a wonderful company like orvis. Great warranty aswell
|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.|