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Orvis Helios 3


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  • Matte Midnight blank
  • Reel seat is type III anodized aluminum Midnight black w/Matte Midnight carbon insert
  • Blue accent wrap, black/black main wraps
  • REC recoil snake guides, SiC/titanium stripping guides
  • Reinforced blank increases loop strength and dampens vibration for straighter tracking and a truer cast
  • American made
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Frequently Bought With Orvis Helios 3

  •   Features

    • Perfect for bonefish, permit, tarpon, redfish and snook with low-stretch performance
    • Easy annealing, low-memory core that lays perfectly straight on the water
    • Low-stretch DirectCore for hard, solid strip sets
    • Mid length head & long rear taper for complete line control
    • High floating running line that will not sink and impede the cast
  •   Features

    • Sealed, maintenance-free carbon and stainless steel disk drag adjusts from zero to full drag in a single drag knob rotation
    • Patent-pending drag provides smooth drag adjustments in the fishing and fish-fighting range
    • Super large arbor machined in the USA from strong, yet lightweight 6061 T6 aluminum barstock
    • Military-spec type III hard coat anodizing
    • Titanium shaft adds strength without weight and fully radiused reel foot prevents kinked leaders
  •   Features

    • Reel frame, spool, drag knob and foot made of 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum
    • Alternating stacked carbon composite and stainless steel disc drag system
    • Quick change spool, user convertible retrieval direction
    • Completely sealed drag system
    • Made in USA

Accuracy is everything
It’s no secret that fly fishing is a game of inches. There are so many factors that can throw off your cast and the Orvis Helios 3 is on a mission to silence the variables. With almost autocorrect-like properties, the H3 provides un-compromised accuracy.  Through a reinforced blank with a greater hoop strength, the rod won’t oval when under pressure thus dampening the vibration and reducing tip frequency as the rod unloads. A truer path to the target is the end result.

The reinforced blank also adds strength, meaning more pulling and hauling power. With the D in 3D standing for distance, the Helios 3D model is the faster rod for shooting long and true in windy saltwater and warmwater conditions.


Rod Size Rod Length Pieces Model/Action
5 wt 9' 4 (3D) Distance
6 wt 9' 4 (3D) Distance
7 wt 9' 4 (3D) Distance
8 wt 9' 4 (3D) Distance
9 wt 9' 4 (3D) Distance
10 wt 9' 4 (3D) Distance
11 wt 9' 4 (3D) Distance
12 wt 9' 4 (3D) Distance

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  1. Question

    Allen Grignon

    How much futher can a 9 ft rod cast then a 8. 6 rod

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    • OFFS Mike Mastropasqua

      Allen, don’t think of it in terms of how much further can one rod cast over the other. In capable hands any rod can be thrown 80ft. Think of it in terms of what is optimized by the design of the rod. Typically shorter rods are designed to be loaded quicker and make shorter shots quicker (less time to load the rod) and easier especially with larger flies… The H3 is designed to optimize accuracy, especially in the most important range in sight fishing – 40-60ft. The H3D model is optimized to handle wind, larger flies, and distance (line speed) better than the H3F with its softer tip designed to provide more feel and finesse.

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  2. Orvis Rods are my best rods!

    David Johnson

    I have owned many brands of rods. Especially Fly Rods. The Orvis 4 piece rods have been the best. I have Helios 1, 2, and 3. I’d though NOT like the 3 color. My Helios 1, 2 I like the fit and finish better. Need a blue rod for salt. Not a black shaft. I think it can spook fish. Even the older Zero Gravity etc., are great Rods.

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  3. Best Orvis rod yet!

    Capt. Jason Sullivan

    I have been fishing the Helios 3 for a year now. By far the best rod Orvis has put out to date. The design put into this rod to be more accurate is spot on. I can honestly say we have caught fish because of it. Having the option of 2 different style rods in the same weight class, gives every scenario covered on the water. Absolutely love the Helios 3!
    Capt. Jason Sullivan is our Everglades guide – contact Capt. Jason: Capt. Sullivan’s Guide Referral Page

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