Orvis introduces the fourth generation of Helios fly rods | Hatch Magazine

Orvis introduces the fourth generation of Helios fly rods |  Hatch Magazine

Orvis is backing the launch of its next generation Helios fly rod with some confident claims. But, judging by the initial information the Vermont-based rod maker is sharing with the launch of its latest American-made flagship rod series, along with our initial impressions of the new Helios’ performance on the water, these claims may not just be a marketing threat.

Officially available today, February 7, from the legacy manufacturer, the 4th Gen Edition of the Helios is certainly what it’s billed as The most accurate fly rod ever. Big words, indeed.

“The new Helios is a reimagining of what is possible in a fly rod and its ability to deliver the best experience for the angler. Four times more accuracy than the industry standard H3 is not an exaggeration,” said Sean Combs, director of fly fishing design and development at Orvis. .

“We have built the tools to measure what has historically been measured in our industry by sentiment,” Combs continued. “This rod is where instinct and innovation meet. The result is the most accurate rod in the world. We know it when we throw it, and we see it in the data.”

According to Orvis, the new Helios features a significant increase in ring strength, all while weighing 10 percent less than its H3 predecessor. The company also claims that the new Helios is 25 percent more powerful than the H3, which is a big claim given the hype devoted to the H3 when it was released in 2017.

The hottest penis ever?

But it’s the big claim – the most accurate penis ever – that will raise eyebrows. “Accuracy is very important on the water, when you’re trying to hit a target. Whether it’s sipping a trout, catching a fleeing tarpon or a redtail, accuracy makes all the difference in a day,” Combs said.

In order to effectively measure the accuracy of the new Helios, the company didn’t just build a new rod and put it in the hands of experienced anglers. It has developed test equipment that measures rod tracking — a unique set of instruments that Orvis demonstrated to Hatch Magazine and a number of other media outlets last summer at the company’s rod shop in Manchester, VT.


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Illustration depicting data output from an Orvis tip wobble test. Image credit: Orvis.

“We don’t ask the wheels, is it more accurate?” Combs said. “We are measuring whether it is more accurate.”

In addition to measuring accuracy, the company’s equipment measures rod recovery.

“This will be a complete game changer,” he added.

Achieve durability

Durability is important, Combs says. That’s why Orvis has made its way through every piece of material used to build the rod and tested everything.

The company says it “analyzed decades of rod construction data and a taper strategy” to build a rod that bends but rarely breaks. Orvis says durability is evident when an angler feels the Helios’ superior lifting capacity, for example, when a tarpon dives under the boat or a 40-inch pike tries to wrap his fly line around the motor.

Two copies

In line with recent iterations of the Helios series, the new Helios is available with two functions – “Distance” and “Quality”.

The “D” Series is a fast rod that delivers line speed and lift power for anglers looking to cast longer lines and fight larger fish. It comes in weights from 4 to 14. The “F” series is a little slower and, as Orvis claims, “features improved increased sensitivity for precise presentations and tippet protection.” The deluxe version comes in weights from 2 to 8. Orvis says both rods are completely accurate when tested on the water.


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The new fourth generation Helios is in service in Honduras (Photo: Nate Simons).

just the tip

The secret behind the company’s claims of accuracy? There is a significant reduction in limb displacement, says Orvis.

“The new Helios offer a significant increase in collar strength and reduced vibration along the blank, resulting in a radical reduction in tip displacement,” an Orvis technical bulletin said about the new rod. “The result is a precise, smooth transfer of energy from your hand to the fly with laser-like precision.”

It sure looks great. According to Orvis CEO Simon Perkins, the penis will meet the lofty expectations the company has for it.

“We had something really special with Helios 3, and we wanted to challenge ourselves with something even better,” Perkins said. “Because our Rod Shop team is the best in the world, the result was revolutionary.”

Tested by the best

There’s no doubt that Orvis did its due diligence with the fourth-generation Helios. Seven years between iterations means the company likely invested significant time and capital into R&D on this latest version. It has also enlisted some of the world’s most famous anglers to test both versions of the rod in a variety of environments.

“The rod is very strong and sturdy for such a light rod,” said Jaco Lukas, traveling angler and rod tester for the “D” version of the new Helios. “I pulled out some big tarpon, striped marlin, giant trevally, grouper and snapper, and they did great. In some cases I tried to break them and didn’t.”

“I was able to adjust the cast to allow me to make a softer back cast to keep the line over the grass, and then tighten it on the front cast in a creek that was only about five feet wide,” said Tuck Scott, who tested the cast. “F” version of Helios. “The intuitive nature of this rod is almost supernatural.”


A scene from the Orvis Rod Shop in Manchester, VT

A scene from the Orvis Rod Shop in Manchester, VT (Photo: Tim Schulz).

A tribute to legacy

For a company that has spent more than a century and a half building generational goodwill among fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts, you might think it might shy away from the boldest claims it makes about the new Helios.

but not. Confidence in the new Helios company is evident at the top of the corporate food chain.

“It’s fun to think about Orvis as a startup company in the 1850s, and how Charles F. Orvis wanted to give someone a tool that would introduce them to the natural world in a way that would change their life,” Perkins said. “That’s really what this new generation of Helios does. It makes any angler their best. And when you’re at your best, you want to go out and live unforgettable moments on the water.

The new Helios retails for $1,098 for freshwater versions, and $1,198 for saltwater rods.

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