Orvis Helios 3F 10' 5wt
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The 10' 5wt Orvis Helios 3F is one of our favorite rods for nymph from a boat, whether on a river or stillwater. The rod has a softer tip section which allows for easier loading and casting, regardless of the conditions. The extra length on it allows for easier casting at longer distances, superior mending, and extra tippet protection. This rod also has an incredibly thick butt section (practically a 7wt), allowing you to land fish of rather large size. Definitely a shop favorite for a big water/big fish nymphing stick.
Here's What Orvis Has To Say:
Helios 3F 5-Weight, 10' Fly Rods offer enhanced accuracy and feel at mid-range distances. The Helios 3F 105-4 offers the perfect compromise in strength and light outfit control and mending capability. The 5-weight is a versatile weight and can handle big fish, but still offers the pleasure of feeling the fight with smaller fish. The 3F 105-4 is an excellent all-around nymph and streamer rod with the length you need for mending and drift control, and the 3F feel and responsiveness to allow you to detect subtle takes, and make no mistake, if dry fly fishing suddenly appears, the accuracy of the 3F and the superior mending capability of a 10' rod will put the fly where it belongs and allow you to keep it in the zone longer. No cast ever thrown is identical to any other cast ever thrown. The variables of caster, rod, and conditions are too great.
Helios 3F was designed to significantly reduce the variables at the point of release, focusing the energy of the cast to the intended target. No matter what happens behind you, the energy of the forward cast is crisply released through a tight window created by the most significant reduction in horizontal and vertical tip frequency ever conceived. It is a rifle in a world of muskets and it autocorrects the variables of the cast to the target with incomparable precision.