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+. All things being equal, cheaper is in this case, may be better, making the NRX+ a very appealing saltwater weapon. A fairly wide bottomed 1 ¼ inch fighting butt is used with a gray rubber ring at the end. Orvis Helios 9'0" 8wt 4 Piece Tip Flex Fly Rod 2 7/8oz. Buy It Now. I love the easy to grip rings that lock up well on heavier saltwater fly reels. Making a forty-foot cast on the nose of a laid-up tarpon is fishing. 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. We tried both the Helios 3F and Helios 3D but as in our 2018 Shootout, we picked the Helios 3F as the best Orvis 8-weight. 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. I’m also getting a lot of feel – a little more than I had with the Asquith and NRX+. In this 8-Weight Challenge, the Asquith and the new NRX+ are the only two rods that perform extremely well at all distances. The cork handle is Scott’s modified wells style, like the Radian, where the swell is slightly forward of the middle of the grip. We were all impressed with how Orvis has improved the way this rod performs compared to the Helios 2. Approximately C $614.60 (including shipping) ORVIS Helios 2 Fly Rod 9' 8wt Tip Flex. this was the heaviest swing weight in our Challenge. Orvis Helios 2 11" Switch Rod 8wt tip flex. Our 12-foot bonefish leaders, with a 30-inch tippet, will turn over far better than any of the knotless tapered leaders on the market, making them perfect for our rod testing. 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). Steve’s idea is to get your pinky and ring finger closer to your palm, providing a more comfortable and more powerful grip, especially when you are throwing long. The accuracy is exceptionally good, bettered only by the Helios 3F. Pre-Owned. If you are looking for an inexpensive 8-weight, look no further! 2. 5. The difference is taper and stiffness, but the design foundation of accuracy remains constant. 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. Of the top rods, only the SKY G was lighter in swing weight. The quality of the epoxy coatings over the wraps was excellent. A full wells cork handle is used, with standard sized corks. Live Chat available every day, 6 AM - 12 AM (midnight) ET. Watch; ORVIS Helios 3F 10' 8 Weight Fly Rod Fast Free Shipping! But it isn’t in the same class as the Helios 3F or the Loomis rods. Rod outfit includes: Helios 2 8-weight 11' Fly Rod—Tip Flex; Mirage V in Pewter; Hydros HD Switch WF 8; 200 yds. Here is where that beefed up power will help. These rod comparisons and Shootouts take considerable time and effort. It is one of the very lightest rods in swing weight, second only to the SKY G.   It also proved to be extremely well dampened and very smooth to cast, right out to 60 feet. backing. Still surprisingly good, but I can tell it is starting to run out of steam. On the other hand, if you are a novice or an intermediate skilled angler, there is a good chance you might not be able to tell the slight differences between the Asquith and the NRX+. 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. These wonderful reels have a wide arbor spool, with a big handle that you can grip very easily. Alignment dots are used on the ferrules and there is no hook keeper. If you are thinking about buying a fly rod, we suggest reading one of our Shootouts for the line size rod you want. These leaders are all hand tied (and tested) here in Livingston, MT. Lighter in hand and 20% stronger than any rod ORVIS has ever developed, it transitions energy directly from your brain to the fly and casts with the precision of a laser pointer. 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. An oversize tiptop is used. We chose the 4-piece rod for our test, but Echo also makes the Prime in a two-piece rod, also in the 8’ 10” length. The Nautilus reels also have a lower start up inertia than any of the reels we tested. If you are new to reading our Shootouts however, please click on the link below which will take you to our 2018 8-Weight Shootout. 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. What anglers discover with experience is just that. It’s not the lightest rod and the components are not that great either, but the fast action is just right and gave me pretty good feel and accuracy, especially at the shorter distances. A stack of very high-quality thin diameter cork rings are used like on the other best rods. We just like their rods a lot, since they perform and hold up so well. 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. 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. – George Anderson, James Anderson, and the Yellowstone Angler crew, Mid Priced “Presentation” 8 Weight Outfit, Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots – Felt (Built By Danner), Armstrong Spring Creek on the O’Hair Ranch. Find great deals on eBay for orvis 8wt and orvis 9 wt. There are no other rods in our Challenge that are as smooth, dampen as quickly, or track as well as the new NRX+ rods. A 1 ½ inch fighting butt is used that tapers to a wide base, protected with a rubber cork ring at the bottom. The guides start out with a hook keeper, then two fairly heavy SIC stripping guides. At our shortest distance of 35 feet, I just loved the 3F, and gave it a perfect score for its wonderful feel and accuracy. Ships from. Reply. The blank is finished in a flat dark gray (which we all liked) with dark gray wraps. Here you’ll find our recommendations in three price ranges: The Ultimate Outfit, Mid Priced Outfit and Best Buy Outfit. The shape and swell feel just right to me. The belly and front taper have a fairly traditional design, allowing for nice loops at long distance and the ability to present a fly delicately and accurately. Personally, I don’t like the six inches of white logo on the butt section but it sure jumps out at you from the rod rack in a fly shop. Ships from United States. The rest of the gang are also as impressed with the Helios 3 series. Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA. Knowing the new NRX+ is even tougher than the old NRX is great news! These new SKY G rods are composed using G-Tec platelets. The deep, dark blue finish is gorgeous in the sunlight. The classy up-lock reel seat utilizes a black and blue carbon fiber style inlay with two … 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. Orvis Helios 3F 9 foot #8 $898.00. Shipping, Returns and Payments Details See details. Dacron backing; Rod Tube 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. Ships from United States. Each section is labeled 908, which is handy and makes for easy alignment. A gray anodized double uplocking reel seat is used with a light but highly impact resistant dark green CI4+ insert. For those who don’t like the textured coating, SA also offers an Amplitude “smooth” option for $99.95. The weight and stiffness didn’t give much feel and hurt the accuracy in close. This new Mega Modulus+ graphite fiber is slightly higher in modulus but has a much higher strain rating than what Loomis used on the previous NRX rods. As new condition. As you will see in our Performance Only scores, the Asquith was the best performing rod in our 8-Weight Challenge. 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. 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. We have cast all of these rods before, and we could tell by their past casting performance, including their heavier swing weights or stiffer tips, that they didn’t have what it takes to be top contenders. A flat black anodized double uplocking reel seat is used, with two large locking rings that were very easy to grip and tighten. 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’d like to try these out, we always have a fresh stock. Personalized hand scribing is available on the rail of the reel seat. 164,81 EUR. The tracking is fantastic and I’m able to fire very tight loops easily and with more accuracy than with the other rods. Free shipping . Another flaweless item part of our trade up program. Shop lightweight fly rods on The faster action is about perfect, and surprisingly the feel and accuracy I’m getting is very good, even better than the Orvis Recon. Reply. I found this grip to be very comfortable and liked it a lot! With all that has been written about its introduction to replace the popular Meridian, (that won our 2016 8-Weight Shootout), we were all anxious to see the new Scott Sector. The lack of backbone hurts, and makes it hard to achieve the longest distances with any kind of accuracy. Will go nicely with my Clearwater 5wt, Helios 2 8wt and Access 10wt. The epoxy coating on the guides was excellent. The NRX+ has a stiffer tip, and was designed with the SA Mastery Saltwater line in mind, a line that is a half a line size heavier, (similar to the MPX freshwater lines). We have tried to explain the exact changes in material, technology, and manufacturing techniques in the write up for each rod. 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. The new rings have nylon inserts at the top that give a very positive lock-up. In casting the new NRX+ 8-weight, this improvement in recovery and dampening was dramatic! 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. 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. The tips on the faster action rods bend more, and we’ve found this is the key to getting good accuracy, especially at closer distances. At $795 this rod is a bargain when compared to the other top rods, that are $100-$400 more. 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. Loomis uses a stack of thin width, very high-quality cork rings that have proven to hold up well with hard use. Buy It Now. Orvis ZG Helios 9' for 8wt line 4 pc fly rod 908-4pc Tip Flex 9.5 | eBay! 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. It was tough to hit 100 feet, and if there was any wind it was a no-go. 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 rest of the guides are the top-notch nickel/titanium Recoil snake guides that are flexible but cannot break. ou Faire une offre. 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. SHIPPING. The Dual-Zone handle design is Tim Rajeff’s idea. I’ve never cast a rod that tracks as well as the Asquith, or is as accurate, especially at the mid to long distances. Reply. Laurence Friedman says: October 22, 2013 at 2:31 … After all the praise we have given Loomis rods over the years, anglers might think we are on G. Loomis’ payroll. Free shipping for many products! 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. Definitely better than the Helios 3F, the Sector and SKY G at the longer distances. 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. Sterling, Virginia. If you are looking for that perfect saltwater outfit, then check out this link for our Favorite Saltwater Outfits. Robert Upshall says: March 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm. 100% customer satisfaction has been our commitment since 1856. Shimano developed a special graphite tape called infinity tape, which is wrapped on the mandrel on a 45-degree axis. 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! It’s always great to have Skip’s perspective. Again, more butt and mid-section power are needed. Shop with confidence. The cornerstone of this new technology is the use of Steve’s multi-taper design, a process that removes material from areas where a rod is least likely to break, and adds material to prevent breakage where it’s more likely to break. 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. The big thing that separates the NRX+ from the other rods is how smoothly it casts. Like the Douglas SKY, this rod is made in Korea. This is a private listing and your identity will not be disclosed to anyone except the seller. The other is the expeditor … At 11.4 oz. We have several reels rigged with the various line sizes, and leaders, all ready to go. It was tough for me to hit the longest mark with the Prime, especially if there was any wind. UK bidders only please. 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. And once you’ve picked out the perfect rod, stay and enjoy a few days on the water with one of our top guides. The wraps are black but the one-coat epoxy coatings were just OK, being a little heavy in spots. The Helios 3D 908-4 is in its element when the fish are breaking 20 feet further out or the flies are the size of small chickens. Redfish. Also, if you are looking for an inexpensive back-up 8-weight for a trip, you can’t go wrong with the Aetos. The … Achetez en toute sécurité et au meilleur prix sur eBay, la livraison est rapide. At the mid-distances it was still right in the running with the Loomis rods, but lacked their punch. Reply. Copyright 2021, The Orvis Company Inc. 9′ 8wt Tip-Flex 2. All modern fly rods are powerful, but accuracy is the new frontier in fly design. 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