Orvis Helios 3 Blackout Fly Rods
Imagine a rod designed for a specific application without being confined to what is termed "normal".
These rods are in a class of their own and there's one to suit whatever fishing you're in to.
Big fish are ghosts. They vanish and quickly reappear where you least expect.
This rod thinks quicker—obsessively designed to overcome instantaneous directional changes that would normally require three, four, and five false casts to correct. That’s the philosophy behind this 8'5" surgical 8-wt. The result is a high-concept boat rod designed specifically for the quick-turn, one-shot accuracy required to stay ahead of fast-moving bonefish, reds, permit, or even pike. While this rod has the power of an 8-wt., it feels more like a 7-wt., with a slightly shorter length perfect for fine-tuning your loops and driving flies under heavy cover. It’s a line-speed titan in salt or fresh. Made in Vermont.
It’s what happens when you unleash American ingenuity on constantly evolving European-nymphing techniques.
This, our four-piece, 11' 3-wt. Euro-nymphing rod, is the latest development. A supremely accurate 11' rod with the swing weight of a 10-footer, it’s got the unreal sensitivity to telegraph the exact number of times your nymphs kiss gravel. Translation: Significantly fewer missed strikes and more fish to hand. Note the 11' length—that extra 6" is crucial for intuitive drift control in extremely complex current seams with a softer tip to protect even the finest tippets. Made in Vermont.
Accuracy with a whole lot of power—the Helios 3 Fly Rod casts like a dream.
“Most Euro rod blanks have thin walls with a narrow butt section and just lack the reserved power to control a bigger fish. The new Helios 3 Blackout is the perfect balance between a soft, sensitive tip for strike detection and the beefy butt section I need when a true giant climbs on.”
—George Daniel, guide and instructor at Livin on the Fly, former competitive angler, and a former coach for both the USA Youth and Adult Fly-Fishing TeamsDescription
A product of strong collaboration, the Blackout rods are high-concept, extremely specialised fishing tools—each conceptualised in a partnership between our storied guides and gear designers. New models include a scenario-specific 9'5" 5-weight, an 8'5" 8-weight boat rod, and an 11' 3-weight Euro-nymphing rod. USA.
- Three specialised models of Helios 3
- Matte Midnight blank
- Reel seat is type III anodised aluminum Midnight black w/Matte Midnight carbon insert
- Black/black main wraps
- REC recoil snake guides
- SiC/titanium stripping guides
- Aluminum rod tube
- 25-Year Guarantee
- Made in USA