Built by anglers who fish on their way home from work, anglers who tie blood knots in their sleep, and anglers with sunglass shaped tan lines, the all new and improved Orvis Helios 2 4 Piece Fly Rod is a featherlight war club that defies the laws of physics and has the backbone of an I beam. Available in both freshwater and saltwater applications, the Helios 2 is lighter in hand and 20% stronger than any rod Orvis has ever developed. Made by hand in Manchester, Vermont, the Helios 2 transitions energy directly from your brain to the the fly and casts with the precision of a laser pointer. Its all new tapers are fine tuned to transfer energy along a smoother curve in order to provide unrivaled tracking, accuracy, and additional lifting power while maintaining tippet protection. Designed with ESP technology integrated into the tip, the Helios 2's impact strength is 100% stronger, the dampening has increased, and the swing weight has been reduced by 20% from the original Helios. Striking midnight blue blanks, accenting wraps, crushproof REC Recoil guides, REC California buckeye burl freshwater reel seats, REC woven graphite saltwater reel seats, black nickel skeletons, super grade cork handles, and a UV inhibiting paint coating round out this quality rod's fine features. Orvis knows anglers have different flex preferences, so they developed the Helios 2 with a mid flex or flex tip depending on your action preference. Mid flex rods provide superb performance over a wide range of conditions, suit a wide range of casting styles, supply a sweet combination of butt strength for fighting fish, have a medium flex for casting ease, ensure tippet protection, and are ideal for the angler who needs one fly rod for a variety of conditions. Tip flex rods consist of a light tip for a light in the hand feel, help the caster maximize line speed, suit casters with quicker, shorter fly casting strokes, and feature a strong butt section in upper line weights for fish fighting.