Orvis Helios 3F 9'6" 6wt Fly Rod
The 9'6" 6wt Orvis Helios 3F isn't a day-to-day rod for us, but you'll certainly see us throwing it when we're floating a river where nymphing, hopper-droppers, and streamers are the techniques for the day. This rod does an excellent job at handling these rigs at distant, without being too long to ruin the dry or streamer presentations. It's also one of our favorite rods for throwing dry flies on larger stillwaters where distance is required. The rod also has a softer tip which allows for easier loading and casting regardless of the conditions.
Here's What Orvis Has To Say:
Helios 3F 6-Weight, 9'6" Fly Rods offer enhanced accuracy and feel at mid-range distances. The Helios 3F 966-4 has a purpose in life and that is to handle heavier rigs and flies for big trout or bass. With the length you need for line control and the backbone you need to fight bigger fish, the Helios 3F 966-4 is the perfect rod to take to Alaska for big rainbows drifting egg patterns through a river full of spawning sockeye, or swinging big Tequeelys in Montana. Big bass bugs are not a problem and with the enhanced accuracy, that hole in the lily pads is a cinch. Put the fly where it belongs and stay 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.