Orvis Helios 3 Blackout 9’5″ 5-weight Fly Rod



Orvis Helios 3D Blackout 9′5″ 5-weight Fly Rod
Rod Only:  3ARY-51-57  or  2 Rod Outfits
Purchased in Montana so there’s NO SALES TAX


Orvis Helios 3D Blackout 9’5″ 5-weight Fly Rod
Item Number: 3ARY–  Rod Only or 2 different Rod Outfit

Fly Rod Features:

  • Special Edition Helios 3D series -Think “Distance” in casting combined with laser point accuracy and crazy lightness in physical and swing weight
  • 9′ 5″ 5-wt fly rod
  • Reel seat is type III anodized aluminum Midnight Black w/ Matte Midnight Carbon insert
  • Midnight Black colored blank
  • Black accent wraps
  • Black/Black main wraps
  • REC Recoil (Nickel Titanium) snake guides
  • SiC/Titanium stripping guides
  • Includes made in America, black, aluminum rod tube with cloth rod sock
  • Covered by the Orvis 25-year rod guarantee
  • Made in the USA!

It began as a supremely accurate 9′ 5″ 5-wt. boat rod, with superb long-range mending abilities on both reach casts and on-the-water drift manipulations straight to the indicator. Field-testing proved it’s also a 5-wt. that impresses when it’s time to hop a gunnel and fish backchannel sippers on foot. The product of strong collaboration, this is a high-concept rod born of a deep need from storied guides and their long conversations with our design team. That extra five inches is the secret sauce, providing added lift on your back cast without feeling overwhelming, with the comparable length advantages of a 10-footer in a rod that feels more like a 9. Straight up, it’s a nymphing weapon and your dream foam dry or hopper/dropper combo all-in-one.  Proudly made in Manchester, Vermont, USA.

Video of Orvis Rod Designer, Shawn Combs, talking with Tom Rosenbauer, of the Orivs Fly Fishing Podcast, and our friends, Dave and Amelia Jensen about the new Helios 3 Blackout 955-4:  Helios 3 Blackout Rod, 9’5″ 5-wt. with Tom Rosenbauer, Dave and Amelia Jenson.

Rod Outfits include:  Rod, Reel, Line, appropriate size and amount of colored, Dacron Backing all spooled up, ready to go and with a rod tube and rod bag and reel case.  The reel will be spooled up Left-Hand Retrieve, unless you specify right-hand retrieve in the Notes at check out.

OUTFIT #1:  Rod-MIRAGE LT-TEXTURED Line Outfit includes:  The Top-Of-The-Line Best of Everything! (No excuses then!)

OUTFIT #2:  Rod-MIRAGE LT-TEXTURED Line Outfit includes:  The Top-Of-The-Line Best of Everything Orvis! (No excuses then!)

NOTE on Outfits:  If you want any other reel or fly line that we carry instead of what we have included in these Outfits, please give us a  call or drop us an e-mail and we will put together the Outfit exactly how you want it. The Outfits we have listed above are just our most popular.

Shop Staff Notes:  The Orvis Helios 3 Blackout 9’5″ 5-weight Fly Rod is one of the best mid to big river boat or wade fishing rod! This H3D can punch out a line like a cannon but with the accuracy of a laser pointer.  This is not a sales pitch or hyperbole (well, maybe a little bit hyperbolic).  This is a great rod to put a dry fly in a feeding lane at 45+ feet -common on the Missouri.  It also is excellent at turning over a buggy Chubby or PMX with a Turd dropper on the Smith, Blackfoot or other freestone.  The H3D 955-4 is also a great tool to flinging double nymph rigs and streamers with sinking leaders.  You can’t go wrong buying this rod if you like to fish rivers like the MO.

H3D or H3F? – Trying to decide between a Helios 3D and her sister, the Helios 3F?  Here is a nice, short video from our friend, Shawn Combs (the Product Developer for Orvis -not the Hip-Hop artist, P-Diddy -though we’ve heard Orvis-Shawn lay down some mean rhymes after a couple of beers at OGR!):  Orvis – Helios 3 Fly Rod – How to Decide Between D and F Version.

Here’s a couple of other short video about the Orvis Helios 3.  They are just fun videos with good information that makes you understand what all the hype is about.  Orvis Helios 3 – Accurate from Anywhere.   Orvis Helios 3 – Trick Shot Compilation.

Helios 3D New Rods on SALE:  H3D 904-4,   H3D 905-4,   H3 Blackout 955-4,   H3D 906-4,   H3D 907-4,   H3D 908-4,   H3 Blackout 858-4,   H3D 909-4,   H3D 910.

Helios 3F New Rods on SALE:  H3F 864-4,  H3F-904-4,  H3F 104-4,  H3F 865-4,  H3F 905-4,  H3F 906-4,  H3F 966-4,  H3F 907-4,   H3 Blackout 113-4.

USED DEMO Helios 3 Fly Rods:  H3F 904-4,   H3F 104-4,   H3F 865-4,   H3F 905-4,   H3F 906-4,   H3F 966-4,   H3D 904-4,   H3D 905-4,   H3 Blackout 955-4,   H3D 906-4.

NEW HELIOS F Rods we carry:  H-F 763-4,   H-F 843-4,    H-F 864-4,    H-F 904-4,   H-F 865-4,   H-F 905-4,   H-F 906-4,   H-F 908-4.

NEW HELIOS D Rods we carry:  H-D 104-4,   H-D 905-4,   H-D 955-4,   H-D 906-4,   H-D 857-4,   H-D 907-4,   H-D 858-4,   H-D 908-4,   H-D 909-4,   H-D 8510-4.

Purchased in Montana so there’s NO SALES TAX

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Rod Only or Oufit

Rod Only, Outfit 1, Outfit 2, Outfit 3, Outfit 4, Outfit 5, Outfit 6, Outfit 7, Outfit 8, Outfit 9


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