Since its release, the Orvis Helios 3 has been marketed as the most accurate rod ever made. A bold statement. We definitely had to put this to the test and what better place to do it than Biscayne Bay? The Bay is one of the toughest fisheries on the planet where the difference between success and failure can be measured in inches.
The morning started just like any other Biscayne Bay trip. Full of hope and anticipation. A few detours including a rendezvous at our Biscayne Bay guide (and guide for the day) Capt. Dave Saddler’s house and a stop for ice/coffee, put us right in the jaws of the morning i95 commute. Ruthless as that traffic can be, it had no chance of dampening our mood. Not only was it our first time back to the Bay since hurricane Irma, but we were also on a mission to see if the Helios 3 holds up to its self proclaimed reputation.
The gloomy blanket of clouds that covered us as we ran to the first flat soon burned off. With the first ray of sunshine came the first opportunity to put the H3 to work. The bump of water coming at us turned out to be a small shark and the rest of the day followed suit, save one excellent shot at three little permit. All in all it was a gorgeous day for a rod test and whether it’s a prestigious Biscayne bay flat, a mangrove treeline in the backcountry, a Louisiana bay or a striper blitz in the northeast, the H3 is an asset that deserves to be there. See the video above for a full review of just what Orvis‘s new masterpiece is capable of.