IFTD 2017: Orvis Helios 3
Orvis Helios 3: Thought the Helios 2 couldn't get any better? Well, the new Orvis Helios 3 is on the way and it looks to be their best series yet. Orvis has engineered these rods with a big focus on accuracy and strength. Thanks to a precision design that includes strategically reinforced blanks, these rods are said to have a lighter swing weight while delivering excellent tracking, fast damping, and increased hoop strength. Speaking of the latter, these rods can handle up to an 85" deflection before breaking as compared to 72" for the Helios 2. In a nutshell, this means they are much stronger since they can bend much more deeply under load.
There are two series' of rods within the Helios 3 lineup. First off is the 3F series. Perfect for delivering accuracy and finesse, these rods are outfitted with white logo areas, matte storm blanks, midnight black Type III anodized aluminum reel seats with matte storm carbon inserts, black/grey main wraps, green thread accents, REC snake guides, and titanium stripping guides with SiC inserts. Available in weights from 3–8 and lengths ranging from 7'6" up to 11'0", these rods are all four-pieces (with the exception of a 7'6" 3-weight model).
For increased power and distance capabilities, the 3D series is the second offered within the Helios 3 lineup. Featuring similar looks as the 3F rods, the only slight differences in cosmetics are matte midnight blanks, matte midnight carbon inserts in the reel seats, and black/black main wraps with blue accents. 3D rods come in 9'0" four-piece configuration from 4–12 weight and 8'10" one-piece models from 5–12 weight.
All made-in-the-USA Orvis Helios 3 rods arrive in a rod tube and protective sock. Prices will span from approximately $845 on up to $895. The availability varies depending on model, with some being released as early as August and the final rods hitting the scene in March.