Today, after weeks of teasing a new rod release, Orvis has unveiled the release of the new Helios ‘Blackout’ Rod series. The 3 rods will come in a 9’5″ #5, an 8’5″ #8, and an 11′ #3, and are all designed to meet the growing market demand for specialty tools on the water.
From Orvis This Morning:
MANCHESTER, Vt. (July 28, 2021) — Orvis, the family-owned and operated outdoor retailer that specializes in fly fishing gear, announces the launch of the Helios Blackout Rod collection. The fly rod collection is hand-built at the Orvis Rod Shop in Manchester, Vermont, and is a high-concept series of premium fly rods that will provide users with scenario-specific equipment that matches an angler’s intended use.
“The research and development team at the Orvis Rod Shop is always curious and looking for ways to push the envelope of fly rod design to create new advantages for the angler,” says Shawn Combs, director of product design and development at Orvis. “With the new Helios Blackout models, our team developed new construction techniques to take the existing Helios 3 series to the next level with a focus on specific use-cases. This is exhibited through three models that are designed for improved line control on big rivers, quick shots from a skiff, and unheard-of nymphing sensitivity without compromising accuracy.”
Offering accuracy, long-range mending abilities, and an ultralight swing weight, the 9-foot 5-inch, 5-weight trout rod offers anglers the reach and added lift on a back cast of a 10-foot rod with the feel of a 9-foot rod. Taking quick-turn, one-shot fly placement to a new level, the 8-foot 5-inch, 8-weight rod provides the angler with the ability to quickly change directions with precision and deliver the high-speed line delivery required to stay ahead of fast-moving fish. With the growing popularity of the Euro nymphing technique in the U.S., the 11-foot, 3-weight freshwater nymphing rod combines high-sensitivity and accuracy for improved strike indication, added length for intuitive drift control in complex currents and a softer tip to protect ultra-fine tippet material. All of these details add up to providing anglers with an improved experience with specialized tools to aid in landing more fish on the water.
“At Orvis, we’ve always approached our fly rod development with a playful attitude and willingness to keep testing and refining until we achieve the desired result,” says Tom Rosenbauer, chief enthusiast for Orvis. Shawn and the team at the rod shop have really embraced this purpose-built and experience-driven philosophy while creating the Blackout rods and that shines through when fishing them. For their given purpose, each rod is destined to be best-in-class.”
The Helios Blackout Rod collection (MSRP $998 per rod) is available today, 7/28, at independent fly shops, select Orvis retail stores and online HERE.