The only performance disadvantage is that it has a narrower sweet spot, so anglers will have to apply the power more precisely to benefit from this rod’s full potential. To make the deflection chart we place the rods at a 45-degree angle and then hang a weight of 6.2 oz from the tiptop. He is a certified casting instructor and accomplished flats fly-fishing guide, who has his clients fishing an 8-weight rod for most snook and redfish. The original Sky G felt like it was running out of gas out long. This rod is 9' long and it is rated for an 8wt fly line. ORVIS Helios 2 Fly Rod 9' 8wt Tip Flex. What a nice light feel in my hand, and I’m getting nice tight loops with superb accuracy. I’ve given it a huge amount of punishment, putting bends in the Asquith that would have broken most other rods but it is as perfect today as when it was new! Making an 80-foot cast in saltwater is prospecting. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA. Orvis H2 Helios 2 Tip Flex 890-4 8wt 9'0" 4 PC Fly Fishing Rod (NEW save $200) Condition: New. By now you are familiar with the format of our Shootouts. Buy It Now. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Orvis H2 Helios 2 Tip Flex 8100-4 8wt 10'0" 4 PC Fly Fishing Rod at the best online prices at eBay! It’s always great to have Skip’s perspective. But hey – you can’t expect perfection for under $200! Redfish. A large 1 ½ inch extension butt is used, that is wider than most with a rubber cap. The SKY G is an attractive rod, finished in flat gray, with black wraps. The rest are the superb nickel/titanium recoil snake guides that will never bend permanently or break, followed with an oversize tiptop. Add to cart . The lack of backbone hurts, and makes it hard to achieve the longest distances with any kind of accuracy. The Aetos is no long-distance cannon but at 35-60 feet it is surprisingly impressive. The two-piece Prime uses upgraded Recoil nickel/titanium snake guides, which I would have preferred on the 4-piece rod we tested. I had a lot of trouble maintaining good loops in the wind. These rod comparisons and Shootouts take considerable time and effort. The new Recon has tons of power, tracks well and delivers nice casts at mid-distances, giving me good accuracy. ou Faire une offre. The tracking is fantastic and I’m able to fire very tight loops easily and with more accuracy than with the other rods. Orvis Helios 3D 9' 8wt Fly Rod - Trident Fly Fishing (890-4, 908-4, 890/4) | eBay! At 11.4 oz. The Sector has some new innovations, the primary one being Scott’s new Carbon Web Technology, which it is claimed “improves torsional stability and rod durability by encasing the unidirectional fibers in a web of ultra-light multi-directional carbon fiber.” Whatever that is, this seems to work, as this rod is a joy to cast, at short to medium distances, giving me a lot of feel in close as well as good accuracy. We have been tying our own bonefish and permit leaders for over twenty years, using Mason’s hard nylon for the butt and midsections, and Seaguar Tatsu double structure fluorocarbon for the final two tippet sections. It is a flat finish medium gray, with very attractive blue-ish gray wraps. If your favorite local shop stocks the rods you are interested in, by all means visit them, try a few rods and purchase an outfit from them. The deep, dark blue finish is gorgeous in the sunlight. Our deflection charts have been an integral part of our Shootouts and we have included them again here in our Challenge. Loomis uses a stack of thin width, very high-quality cork rings that have proven to hold up well with hard use. Orvis Recon 9’#8 4pc $450. All modern fly rods are powerful, but accuracy is the new frontier in fly design. We are looking forward to Fred’s modifications of this rod, giving it a little more power, which will boost its performance at the longer distances. I found that the Sector performed best at the shorter distances, from 35-60 feet, where you typically fish an 8-weight. The classy up-lock reel seat utilizes a black and blue carbon fiber style inlay with two … The other is the expeditor … I designed these leaders with very stiff butt and midsections, and a short taper that allows them to turn over extremely well, even in a harsh wind. 9' 4-piece, Tip-Flex fly rod for 8-wt. Can be personalized with up to 22 characters. To get a rod that will perform better, you will have to spend another $250 – $400! In fly fishing, accuracy is everything. Rod retails new for $825.00. We hope you have enjoyed reading the 2020 8-weight Challenge and found it helpful! Call us at 406-222-7130, or e-mail us at sta[email protected] and we can discuss your needs and wants. Virtually gorgeous. It was tough to hit 100 feet, and if there was any wind it was a no-go. It loads up quickly and gave me nice tight loops. Somewhat like the Helios, there is a 5 ½ inch logo just above the handle with the new larger Orvis logo,  but at least it is in gray rather than white. A fairly wide bottomed 1 ¼ inch fighting butt is used with a gray rubber ring at the end. The new Orvis Recon Big Game is the best mid-priced rod that handled all distances well, but especially longer distances or casting in the wind. Neither of these guys gave the thumbs up to many Orvis rods until the Helios 2 came along. Like the Orvis Helios 2 single hand rods, the H2 11’5-weight switch rod has a beautiful smoke blue colored blank with silver trim thread wraps and high-end flexible titanium snake guides. We have employed identical methods and rating categories in this 8-Weight Challenge. Out on the water, one look and you’ll know if that other angler is using an Orvis Helios. I’m confident that we can come up with the perfect rod or outfit that best suits your needs. It is free of any defects and it appears to have only been used once or twice. The Sector won the ATTFA’s award this year for the best new saltwater rod. The Nautilus G-7/8 is still our reel of choice on any 8-weight rod, especially when you need the ultimate in performance to handle sizzling fast bonefish runs or the bulldog like power of a big Louisiana redfish. Dacron backing; Rod Tube It is anodized gray, solid aluminum, with two large uplocking rings that are much easier to grab and lock up than the older rings. Est. Find great deals on eBay for orvis 8wt and orvis 9 wt. Below you will see my notes for each of the rods, but you will also want to read the comments from my son James and Captain Skip Zink, our two other testers, both competent saltwater anglers and excellent casters. Add to cart. I’m also getting a lot of feel – a little more than I had with the Asquith and NRX+. On the plus side, we have sold a lot of Asquith rods and see very few being broken. At mid-distances like 45-75 feet, (that I find myself fishing an 8-weight most of the time), nothing can touch the Asquith. It gave me a wonderful sense of feel, especially at shorter distances. Now the lack of overall power is becoming apparent, but it still hits 80 feet easily enough and with decent accuracy. If you are thinking about buying a fly rod, we suggest reading one of our Shootouts for the line size rod you want. The handle is a full-wells design, and uses the similar very high-quality thin width cork rings as we saw on the Helios 3F. Definitely better than the Helios 3F, the Sector and SKY G at the longer distances. 164,81 EUR. Needless to say, the manufacturers don’t want to divulge their secrets, but they were all willing to give us a general idea of what they are doing to produce these terrific new rods that combine amazing power with wonderful feel and finesse. The reel seat is a solid gray anodized aluminum, with two uplocking rings that have nylon inserts on top to allow them to lock up very positively. This offer is valid for new subscribers only and will be sent to your email address shortly. After all the praise we have given Loomis rods over the years, anglers might think we are on G. Loomis’ payroll. Low starting bid. Nice smoothly controlled loops and lots of feel. A flat black anodized double uplocking reel seat is used, with two large locking rings that were very easy to grip and tighten. Wonderful tracking and accuracy in close, edged out only by the Helios 3F and Sector. If you would like to tie your own we have the materials available for purchase and are happy to set you up with a formula. 2. Orvis Bamboo Fly fishing Rod -8wt 2/1pc 99 , made 1958 by George Reid D'occasion. There is a famous quote by Wyatt Earp, "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything." But Steve Rajeff, wanted a rod that would perform well at short to medium distances also, and gave the rod a softer, more flexible tip. The Fenwick Aetos continues to be our pick for the best inexpensive 8-weight fly rod, an honor is has kept since our 2016 8-Weight Shootout, when it was first introduced. The G-7/8 is just a size down from the G-8/9 Nautilus that won our 2014 8-weight Reel Shootout. For those of you that want to refresh your memory on the rods we did not compare in this Challenge, please refer to our 2018  8-weight Shootout: After casting a number of good mid-priced rods, we decided to report only on the best, the new redesigned Orvis Recon, and a delightful new rod from Echo, called the Prime 4pc. He won’t divulge their secrets so I couldn’t learn more, but these changes allow Douglas to build the new SKY G with less material, resulting in a much lighter and stronger rod than the older standard SKY. You can see which rods have faster actions than others, (the tip bends more) or if a rod possesses a moderate, slower action, (the tip bends less). This was apparent in our 2019 9-foot 5-Weight Shootout, where the NRX+ won in the power rods category. 7. Our comments reflect this but besides giving you “performance only” results, we thought it was important to compile our normal overall final results table, which takes into account other important factors such as price and warranty cost. Buy It Now. The guide set up starts with two large titanium framed SIC style stripping guides, followed with large diameter hard chrome snake guides and a large tip top. And once you’ve picked out the perfect rod, stay and enjoy a few days on the water with one of our top guides. We’ve found that some of the new lines with shorter front tapers and heads are just not well suited for flats fishing where you need to combine accuracy with a delicate delivery. Throws the whole line easily. If you’d like to try these out, we always have a fresh stock. Shop lightweight fly rods on Orvis.com. The cork handle is a full wells, with rubber/cork rings at the top and bottom for better durability. UK bidders only please. Fly Rod-Excellent état sont sur eBay Comparez les prix et les spécificités des produits neufs et d'occasion Pleins d'articles en livraison gratuite! The Helios 2 is a feather light war club that defies the laws of physics and has the backbone of an I-beam. I liked gripping it closer to the top, with the swell under my palm. You’ll find these on our Yellowstone Angler home page at yellowstoneangler.com. The Aetos is also a surprisingly handsome rod. Scott claims that this allows them to build a stronger and one less likely to break rod. These new SKY G rods are composed using G-Tec platelets. The reel seat is a solid dark gray anodized double uplocking unit, with easy to grip and tighten rings, similar to the ones used on the Asquith. It is very light in hand but has a huge amount of reserve power coming from a fairly stiff butt and mid-section that allows it to handle the longest distances with ease. Now the lack of butt and mid-section power is apparent and both the Recon and Aetos in the mid-priced category did a better job. Making a forty-foot cast on the nose of a laid-up tarpon is fishing. The advantage this spiral-x process provides is that Loomis can now build a blank that uses 15-20% less graphite material that is even stronger than their new NRX+ blanks. Orvis did a great job with the Recon, giving us a great performing rod at little more than half the price of their premium Helios 3 rods. Orvis Commits 5% of pre-tax profits to protecting nature. We are always happy to “talk shop” and help you decide if a certain rod would be the right rod for your needs and casting style. I can cast easily off the tip and the accuracy is very good but both the Helios 3F and Sector had a touch more feel. Fenwick uses a solid dark gray anodized, double uplocking seat. I found the snake guides on the Helios 3F to be slightly smaller than the ones on the NRX+, especially up near the tip. Free shipping . 1. Watch; NEW ORVIS HELIOS 3D 906-4 9' FOOT #6 WEIGHT 4 PC FLY ROD - FREE U.S. These leaders are all hand tied (and tested) here in Livingston, MT. The sliding band is marked with the size designation of the rod, a nice touch. Orvis’ previous rod series, the Helios 2, also came in two different designations – tip-flex and mid-flex. Live Chat available every day, 6 AM - 12 AM (midnight) ET. As new condition. I’ve been impressed with all the Asquith rods in various sizes, and use them much of the time for my own fishing. Here is where that beefed up power will help. The cork handle is Scott’s modified wells style, like the Radian, where the swell is slightly forward of the middle of the grip. The new rings have nylon inserts at the top that give a very positive lock-up. A black anodized double uplocking seat is used with two locking rings that were very easy to grip and tighten. Use this link to go to our Favorite Freshwater Outfits for the 3 through 8-weight rods, in our Online Store. Standard sized cork rings of very high quality are used, trimmed with a rubber/cork ring at the top. At the outset of the Shootout, we outline our procedures and explain each of our points categories in detail. At $795 this rod is a bargain when compared to the other top rods, that are $100-$400 more. We were all impressed with how Orvis has improved the way this rod performs compared to the Helios 2. A stack of thin width, very high-quality cork rings is used with a rubber/cork ring at the bottom for durability. Like the Tibor and Abel reels we’ve used in the past, the Nautilus reels are bulletproof and will provide a lifetime of enjoyable service. I like the appearance of this new Recon more than the previous version. The fast action Helios 2 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod Tip Flex is perfect for fishing in places where you need a little extra reach. The Helios 2 performance is still there, the pure pleasure of casting a Helios 2 remains, but now there's some serious attitude. Free shipping for many products! However, the new Recon is a lot heavier than the Prime 4pc in swing weight, and not nearly as good at the two closer distances. The increased dampening and recovery also result in superior accuracy, which was evident at close range. The rest of the gang are also as impressed with the Helios 3 series. 3. Visitez eBay pour une grande sélection de orvis helios 3 fly rod. Everyone here anxiously anticipated seeing what Steve Rajeff would devise to replace the superb Loomis NRX rods, which have been among our favorite rods over the years. Once again a Helios was the lightest rod in swing weight, but now there are three other rods that match it – the Asquith, Meridian, and Exocett. Jesse Rapp says: October 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm Snap Em And Slap Em. Laurence Friedman says: October 22, 2013 at 2:31 … Accepted within 14 days. At the longest distances the 3F just didn’t have the power to get it done as easily as the Asquith or NRX+. 4. When used in the top half of the rod, this creates a thin diameter tip section with excellent swing weight, but more importantly helps the rod to recover and dampen extremely quickly. We explain how we try to keep things apples to apples by eliminating variables, the set-up of our casting stations at the different distances, and exactly how we compute swing weight. Watch; ORVIS Helios 3F 10' 8 Weight Fly Rod Fast Free Shipping! With 20 lb. Alignment dots are used on the ferrules, a nice touch. Rather than do another full blown 8-weight Shootout, we decided to collect these new rods and see how they compare to the top rods in our 2018  8-Weight Shootout. Free shipping. Reply. When we were test casting all the rods, and watching the loops they formed in the air, it was immediately apparent that the NRX+ loops were smoother than the other rods, with very little apparent oscillation. Of the top rods, only the SKY G was lighter in swing weight. Item Information. Since 1856. The other is the expeditor warranty policy that gets you a new rod in just a few days but can cost up to $250. If you cannot find or cast the rods that interest you, we are here to help. Delivery Tue, Jul 21 - Wed, Jul 22. I could hit 80 feet, but my cast timing had to be right on the money. This makes the NRX + blank much stronger under a “lifting load” with less overall material used. The guide set up uses two of the new CeRecoil nickel/titanium stripping guides like the Scott Sector, with a slick zirconia ceramic insert. And how does the new re-designed Recon compare to the original Recon? All of which result in rods that are much lighter, smoother and more accurate than anything we have experienced in the past. And since we published that 8-Weight Shootout, two other very good new rods have piqued our interest – the Scott Sector and the Douglas SKY G. Would any of the new mid-priced rods be able to outscore the Orvis Recon, our 2018 mid-priced winner? If you are fishing 60 feet and beyond or often facing windy conditions, the Orvis Recon Big Game is your best mid-priced rod. As Steve explained to me, this process also reduces any twist in the finished blanks and reduces ovalization in the blank as it bends, giving the angler more feel, coupled with a huge amount of reserve power when you need it. Sign in to check out Check out as guest . Today’s latest graphite fly rods are using lighter higher modulus graphite materials combined with new resin systems like the new nano-resins, as well as different methods of cutting and laying up the graphite layers and better rolling techniques. It has been selling strong and performing well ever since. Add to Watch list Remove from watch list. That lack of butt and mid-section power is a handicap at the longest distances. The big thing that separates the NRX+ from the other rods is how smoothly it casts. The Dual-Zone handle design is Tim Rajeff’s idea. Each section is labeled 908, which is handy and makes for easy alignment. We also enlisted our good friend, Captain Skip Zink, who has been a tester on past 8-weight Shootouts. Brand New. These strippers and the snake guides are PVD coated in black. Yes, there are cheaper and also more expensive reels, but you won’t find one that is better. Personalization. The NRX+ series are powerful rods in general but are also dampened better than any of the other rods we’ve found, including the Asquith. A fairly large 1 ½ inch extension butt is used with a rubber cork cap for durability. The quality of the cork was only fair, as quite a bit of filler is used. $949.00. $649.00. Buy It Now. In general, we feel the NRX+ might be easier for novices to cast as they can punch it hard and the NRX+’s stiffer tip won’t buckle. A short ¾ inch extension butt is used that has a rubber cap end. this was the heaviest swing weight in our Challenge. Copyright 2021, The Orvis Company Inc. But it isn’t in the same class as the Helios 3F or the Loomis rods. Les meilleures offres pour Orvis Helios 2 8"4" 3wt 4pc Mid Flex Fly Fishing Rod sont sur eBay Comparez les prix et les spécificités des produits neufs et … 5. A gray anodized double uplocking reel seat is used with a light but highly impact resistant dark green CI4+ insert. New Listing ORVIS Helios 3D 9ft 8wt (4pc) Fly Rod *Excellent Condition. These snake guides will bend but never break. Helios 3F and 3D each offer uncompromising purpose. So if you like what we are doing, and found our 8-weight Challenge helpful, the best way to thank us is to buy a rod, reel, or outfit from the Yellowstone Angler. These lines work great for permit and tarpon, but with an 8-weight rod, the Grand Slam or Tropical Punch lines turn over too quickly, and don’t provide the kind of delicacy needed when fishing for flats fish like bonefish, redfish and snook. The guide setup starts with two titanium frame SIC style guides that are slightly smaller than what Orvis or Scott use, but they seem to work perfectly and shoot line well. The main reason for this was feedback from Key West pros and guides who wanted a rod that can handle a Grand Slam or Tropical Punch line, since many of their clients are not experts at double hauling and these heavier, front loaded lines enable the clients to have the best chance for longer casts in the wind. Since the weather in January is pretty nasty in Montana, making casting outside nearly impossible, James brought all the rods in this 8-weight Challenge with him to Florida just after Christmas. Here the softness in the butt and mid-section hurts, and I can’t punch in the power nearly as well as with both of the Loomis rods or the Helios 3F. My accuracy was good, just not in the same league as the top rods. If you are not going to do a lot of long-distance casting, you’ll love this rod. The key to this power and smoothness is a utilization of three things: Mega modulus + graphite, GL 8 resin, and a new multi-taper design. The guides start with two large Titanium SIC strippers, followed with hard chrome snake guides and an oversize tiptop. To play the game at its highest level there can be no compromise and for every angler the H3 is the pinnacle of purpose, designed to master the moment and meet the demands of accuracy on a spring creek with a 3F or a tarpon flat with a 3D. But as reflected in the Performance scores, it was down on power at the longest distances. A cannon at the longest distances! Although the NRX+ was able to beat the Asquith on price and warranty, allowing it to finish first in our Final Results, the Asquith retains its crown as the finest 8-weight fly rod in our Performance Only category. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA. Over the past three years I’ve fished the 8-weight Asquith as my go-to rod for everything from 20-pound rainbows at Argentina’s Jurassic Lake, Atlantic salmon in Labrador, to the saltwater flats in the Caribbean and Florida for bonefish, redfish and snook. Plenty of power to go long and fight the wind. Punch in any amount of power you want and the rod responds. As you will see in the Final Results table and in each tester’s Performance Only chart, the two Loomis rods were head and shoulders above the other rods. The blank is finished in a flat dark gray (which we all liked) with dark gray wraps. After that, it seemed to run out of steam, and lacked the power needed to hit the longest distances with ease. 498,56 EUR. Smooth casting with nice tight loops, giving me good feel and accuracy but not quite up to the level of either the Asquith or NRX+. As you can see on our deflection chart, the Sector’s butt and mid-section are softer than all the other 8-weight rods we tested. 1. He has an uncanny ability to design rods knowing how they will be used by anglers, from beginners to experts. This rod is an absolute steal at the low price of $189.95. Free shipping for many products! The rest of the guides are the top-notch nickel/titanium Recoil snake guides that are flexible but cannot break. These allow the reader to see the manner in which each rod bends, but more importantly, how it bends compared to the others. The Helios 3 sports either an F or D, which stands for Feel and Distance, respectively. If you are looking for that perfect saltwater outfit, then check out this link for our Favorite Saltwater Outfits. However, all the top rods were noticeably better. We value your comments about our Shootouts and this Challenge and invite any questions you might have about them or your tackle needs. But I can’t punch in the power quite as hard as I can with the Asquith. Up for sale is a very nice Orvis Helios 2 fly rod. The NRX+ with the Mastery Saltwater taper does a much better job overall. of 30 lb. Craftsmanship has always been excellent on the Orvis Helios rods. At the mid-distances it was still right in the running with the Loomis rods, but lacked their punch. The Asquith is a handsome rod; the blank finished in dark green that sparkles brilliantly in the sunlight. We apologize if we have omitted your favorite rod or a rod that you wished to read about. This heavy feel in hand and slightly stiffer tip than the old Recon led to less feel and a lower score at 35 feet than other rods. The Prime is an impressive new rod from Echo that I felt could be our best mid-priced rod, and it would have been if the performance had been better at the longer distances. The old NRX rods were some of the toughest rods we have ever fished, and tougher to break than rods from other manufacturers. The Echo Prime 4pc is the lightest and best mid-priced rod for fishing at short to medium distances, but lacks power at longer ranges. James’ Notes: Looking back at the 2016 8-weight shootout, the Orvis Recon tied for 4 th place. Approximately C $614.60 (including shipping) ORVIS Helios 2 Fly Rod 9' 8wt Tip Flex. This meant leaving out a lot of very good rods, like the Thomas and Thomas Exocett, the tried and true Sage X, the fabulous Hardy saltwater Zephrus, and the ultra-powerful Loop Cross 7X. Orvis Helios 2 9’ 8wt 4 piece fly rod in as close to new as possible. If you are fishing mostly in close or out to 60 feet, your best mid-priced rod will be the Echo Prime 4pc. Will go nicely with my Clearwater 5wt, Helios 2 8wt and Access 10wt. This is another great looking rod from Scott, finished in natural graphite gray and only lightly sanded, in typical Scott fashion, so you can still see the tape marks. Next a layer of “muscle carbon” graphite is wrapped the conventional manner, followed with a final wrap of the infinity tape, but at an opposing 90-degree angle from the first layer, forming an X-pattern. Here you’ll find our recommendations in three price ranges: The Ultimate Outfit, Mid Priced Outfit and Best Buy Outfit. And for good reason: The technique flat-out catches fish. Pre-Owned. With your support we can continue to give you more Shootouts and head to head comparisons on tackle and equipment in the future. Like the Asquith, a cannon for throwing long bombs. Murrell’s Inlet, SC 3. We used the SA Amplitude version again this year, as in the 2018 8-Weight Shootout. 9′ 8wt Tip-Flex 2. A comfortable full wells cork handle is used with a stack of very high quality thin-width cork rings as on the Loomis and Scott rods. We have fished all over the world in both fresh and saltwater for a huge variety of fish, and we’ll be glad to answer all of your questions, to help you choose the perfect rod or outfit. Orvis Helios 9'0" 8wt 4 Piece Tip Flex Fly Rod 2 7/8oz. Normally we wouldn’t do two Shootouts in the same year, but after seeing how well the NRX+ rod did, winning our 2020 5-Weight Shootout, we were excited to see how the NRX+ 8-weight would compare to our 2018 8-weight Shootout winner, the G. Loomis Asquith. 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