Orvis' Helios 3F and 3D sit at the top of their lineup. The extra-long 10-foot rod improves reach when Czech nymphing and aids in line control when using a strike indicator. The team behind the Helios 3, lead by innovative young mechanical engineer, Shawn Combs, has focused on making the third generation rod the most accurate piece ever. Bamboo is a third type of rod material and in a class by itself. If you’re on the fence, some of the bigger and faster rods can go either way. As an example, we love fishing the Middle Deschutes in Oregon. The seat is where the reel attaches to the rod. Such was the case with the Orvis Helios 3 last week when I had the opportunity to meet up with a group of invited fly fishing bloggers and journalists at Orvis’s Timsbury 5 beat of the Test to have a first-hand play with this much-talked about new rod. As an example, one of our writers recently bought the Redington Path II for his eight-year-old son to learn to fly fish on. Action: FastWeights: 3 to 8What we like: A premium all-rounder. This post contradicts your YT video in which you stated the 3F was a "Dud" compared to the 3D. Both the new Winston PURE and Orvis HELIOS 3F put in impressive performances, securing podium finishes. Don’t just take our word for it. I was just entering the industry when the Helios 2 was launched. The Sage X gets good reviews and is a great choice if you’re looking for power on those long distance casts. I also have a Hardy Zephrus FWS 10'0" 5wt and find it to be the best 10' 5wt rod I could find. The short answer is yes. I doubt there’s any avid fly fisherman who hasn’t read/heard/seen it yet. Come on. And keep in mind that most anglers start with one all-around rod and slowly add more options to their arsenal as they progress. Many reels come with a rating like “3/4 weights” or “5/6 weights,” meaning they can work with either size line and rod. My Access broke a few times, but it's still my favorite rod to chuck all day at only 3 1/8oz. Read on to see why. It’s not the most powerful rod on the market, not does it deliver the most delicate presentations. Having fished the H2 for so long, it really felt like an old friend. This is why we love the G. Loomis NRX Nymph, which is designed specifically with sub-surface fishing in mind. Finally, some of the components may be resistant to corrosion caused by salt. No mean feat, but with the power of science behind them, they may just have managed it. It doesn’t necessarily beat out any premium rod at what they do best, but it’s another attractive all-around option for those who want to avoid buying multiple rods without compromising in terms of quality. Your email address will not be published. The D stands for distance, and that version is built for power and launching larger flies of all types. I thought maybe it was a simple typo, but your statements do seem to favor the 3F. We officially are impressed. We recently tested a 4-weight, 9-foot Echo3 on a variety of water around Central Oregon.