Helios 3 Blackout Fly Fishing Rods

The Helios 3 Blackouts


Written by: Sarah Burgess

Three new high-concept, supremely accurate H3 rods designed to excel in specific angling scenarios.

Spend seasons in boats and on the banks with storied guides and the planet’s fishiest DIY anglers and you’ll learn the fishing quickly takes a backseat to deep conversations. That’s when our rod design team listens the hardest. We cataloged input, cherry-picked consistent themes, and obsessed over our anglers’ needs, wants, and challenges to design technique-driven tapers that answer the constantly evolving question of “What if?” with “Here’s what.” 

Each new model is accuracy with purpose and exactly what you’ve come to expect from the leading name in innovation because our process is really quite simple: Fish with the best anglers, listen instead of talking, take notes, and you can’t help but return the favour with the best rods. 

H3D Blackout 9’5″ 5-wt.

The Long-Range Nymphing Weapon with the Accuracy for Pinpoint Dry-Fly Presentations.

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. That extra 5″ 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. Simply put, it’s a nymphing weapon and your dream dry fly or hopper/dropper combo all in one. Made in Vermont.

H3D Blackout 8’5″ 8-wt.

The Line-Speed Titan Designed for Unreal, Quick-Turn, One-Shot Accuracy

Big fish are ghosts. They vanish and quickly reappear where you least expect. 

This rod thinks quicker—obsessively designed to overcome instantaneous directional changes that would normally require three, four, and five false casts to correct. That’s the philosophy behind this 8’5″ surgical 8-wt. The result is a high-concept boat rod designed specifically for the quick-turn, one-shot accuracy required to stay ahead of fast-moving bonefish, reds, permit, or even pike. While this rod has the power of an 8-wt., it feels more like a 7-wt., with a slightly shorter length perfect for fine-tuning your loops and driving flies under heavy cover. It’s a line-speed titan in salt or fresh. Made in Vermont.

H3F Blackout 11′ 3-wt.

The Supremely Accurate Euro-Nymphing Machine with a Welcomed Extra 6″ of Drift Control

It’s what happens when you unleash American ingenuity on constantly evolving European-nymphing techniques. 

This, our four-piece, 11′ 3-wt. Euro-nymphing rod, is the latest development. A supremely accurate 11′ rod with the swing weight of a 10-footer, it’s got the unreal sensitivity to telegraph the exact number of times your nymphs kiss gravel. Translation: Significantly fewer missed strikes and more fish to hand. Note the 11′ length—that extra 6″ is crucial for intuitive drift control in extremely complex current seams with a softer tip to protect even the finest tippets. Made in Vermont.

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