The Helios 3 was, arguably, the most effective rod Orvis ever constructed. Right now, they’re releasing the following rod of their flagship collection, merely dubbed “Helios” (not Helios 4).
The brand new Helios is billed as “4 occasions extra correct than the H3” based on Orvis. Now, if that feels like normal marketing-speak designed to promote extra fly rods, I perceive you apprehension on the assertion. However Orvis really dumped vital assets into quantifying this rod’s accuracy. The oldsters within the rod store have been in a position to develop new methods to measure how effectively a rod “tracks.” Monitoring refers to how straight the tip stays in the course of the casting stroke. A rod that tracks effectively has little or no side-to-side motion, which leads to tighter loops, and subsequently extra correct casts.
Orvis Director of Product Growth Shawn Combs shared how Orvis was in a position to measure how effectively the brand new Helios tracks.
“We used a high-speed infrared digicam that picks up mirrored mild,” Combs mentioned. “We put a reflector on the tip of the fly rod, and the digicam picked up solely the tip of the fly rod.”
This allowed Combs and different designers to see precisely how straight the rod would monitor with out another variables. What they discovered was fairly spectacular. The brand new Helios tracks left and proper lower than a half-inch, based on Combs. That’s lower than the width of a tip-top information.
The outgoing H3 in a 9′ 5-weight tracked 1.6 inches, so the development in accuracy is noticeable on many ranges.
“The Helios retains up with these higher-paced fishing conditions,” Combs mentioned.
Along with elevated accuracy, the brand new Helios is 25% extra sturdy than the H3, based on Orvis’ testing.
Past simply bending the rod to see when it could break, Combs and the staff at Orvis did a full teardown of the H3 and measured every little thing about that rod. From that have, they designed a brand new clean that extra easily transfers power. It additionally doesn’t focus stress in any explicit spot of the rod. That interprets to a stronger fly rod.
“It’s not about how a lot bend you may put in a rod earlier than it blows up, it’s concerning the quantity of reserve energy and spine within the butt part,” Combs mentioned.
That reserve energy will give anglers extra management over the struggle – in each contemporary and salt water – which implies that fish shall be launched in a less-fatigued state.
The Helios is available in 29 totally different fashions, obtainable in each the “Distance” and “Finesse” households that we noticed with the H3. You’ll get every little thing from a small 2-weight, to Euro nymphing particular 11′ 3-weights, to an 8’5″ 14-weight for the most important fish on the planet.
Helios is obtainable for buy now immediately from Orvis, or your native fly store.
You can even watch rod designer Shawn Combs stroll you thru the brand new Helios on this video.