Orvis Helios 4 D Fly Rod

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Whether you need to land a small parachute in front of a rising trout on a spring creek or send an 80’ cast inches ahead of a cruising tarpon, accuracy is about as important as it gets for success, and with Orvis’ all-new Helios 4 D, they’ve cranked the accuracy way up–four times more than their previous Helios–while greatly improving on the overall performance of their previous Helios series. The Helios 4 D was designed to offer distance (which is what the “D” stands for), lifting power, excellent line speed, and pinpoint accuracy while maintaining versatility over a wide range of fishing situations. From tightline nymphing small streams, stripping streamers over a large river, or double hauling to anything from striped bass to permit, the Helios 4 D does it all. Orvis makes the Helios 4 D in a wide assortment of lengths and rod weights ranging from a 10’ 4-weight all the way to an 8’5” 14-weight, providing an option whether casting out of a boat into foaming pelagics or picking apart pocket water on your favorite home stream. An excellent addition to the Orvis family of rods, the Helios D is crafted in the USA with ultra-crisp casting and a lightweight feel that lets you handle those 12-hour shifts with ease–factor in high-quality components and you’ll see why this is a rod that you’ll be happy to use for decades. 



Helios 4 Technology - Orvis makes their Helios 4 D Rod with their updated Helios technology. While H3 was an excellent addition to their rods, the new H4 Technology is that much better. Providing four times the accuracy of the Helios 3 Tech with a 10% reduction in swing weight, this new family of rods provides on-a-dime-accuracy and a fast action that focuses on distance–this combines to ensure that you can land a fly exactly where you need it, every single time. And while performance is at the heart of these rods, durability is far from sacrificed–Orvis’ Helios 4 Rods can stand up to an incredible amount of pressure before breaking and are 25% more durable than previous tech. 

Whether you’re a fan of it or not, Orvis did bring back the grey and white butt section on this family of rods. This bottom section is accented by a more subdued midnight black blank with black thread wraps that provide a stealthy look. 



Titanium Stripping Guides - Durable, anti-corrosive, and as slick as it gets, the Helios 4 D is outfitted with Titanium Stripping Guides. These are a reliable choice and are sure to provide slickness that lasts for many years to come.  

Titanium Snake Guides - Titanium Snake Guides complement the Titanium Stripping Guides quite well on this family of rods. This choice is lightweight, durable, anti-corrosive, and provides top-notch shootability. 


Reel Seat

Asymmetrical Reel Seat - With an updated asymmetrical positioning, the Helios 4 D makes it nice and easy to lock your reel in on those early mornings. For the freshwater-specific reel seats, you get a sharp-looking wood insert, while the saltwater-ready models are made from a lightweight and anti-corrosive metal. 


Rod Tube

Orvis knows that buying a new Helios 4 D is an investment that you’ll have for decades–a rod that you’ll be taking on those once-in-a-lifetime trips just as often as you’ll use it on your home waters, and for that reason, they store it in a lightweight yet ultra-durable aluminum rod tube. 



As of February 2024, Orvis’ Helios 4 D  Fly Rods are backed by their 25-Year Guarantee. This is a straightforward and excellent warranty that lasts for 25 years. It doesn’t matter whether you slam it in a door, step on it, or encounter a manufacturer defect, Orvis will repair or replace your rod. If the rod can’t be repaired and it’s out of production, Orvis will choose a newer model of at least equal value. 

More Info

Rod Action: Fast action

Best for: Nymphs, Dry flies, and Streamers

Grip: Snub-nose Half Wells (4100-4)

Full Wells (590-4, 690-4, 595-4, 5100-4)

Full Wells w/ Fighting Butt (785-4, 6100-4, 7100-4, 885-4, 1085-4, 790-4, 890-4, 990-4, 1090-4, 1290-4, 1190-4)

Extended Full Wells (1485-4)

Ability Level: Advanced (learn more)

Recommended Lines

Rio Gold Premier Fly Line

Scientific Anglers SONAR Titan Full Intermediate Fly Line 



ModelHandleLengthLine WeightColorActionWeightPrice 
Orvis Helios 4 D 9ft 8wt Fly Rod (890-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft8Matte MidnightFast$1,198.00
Orvis Helios 4 D 9ft 9wt Fly Rod (990-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft9Matte MidnightFast$1,198.00
Orvis Helios 4 D 9ft 11wt Fly Rod (1190-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft11Matte MidnightFast$1,198.00
Orvis Helios 4 D 10ft 4wt Fly Rod (4100-4)Snub-nose Half-Wells10ft4Matte MidnightFast$1,098.00
Orvis Helios 4 D 9ft 5wt Fly Rod (590-4)Full-Wells9ft5Matte MidnightFast$1,098.00
Orvis Helios 4 D 8ft 5in 7wt Fly Rod (785-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt8ft 5in7Matte MidnightFast$1,198.00
Orvis Helios 4 D 10ft 6wt Fly Rod (6100-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt10ft6Matte MidnightFast$1,198.00
Orvis Helios 4 D 10ft 7wt Fly Rod (7100-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt10ft7Matte MidnightFast$1,198.00
Orvis Helios 4 D 8ft 5in 8wt Fly Rod (885-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt8ft 5in8Matte MidnightFast$1,198.00
Orvis Helios 4 D 8ft 5in 10wt Fly Rod (1085-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt8ft 5in10Matte MidnightFast$1,198.00
Orvis Helios 4 D 8ft 5in 14wt Fly Rod (1485-4)Extended Full Wells8ft 5in14Matte MidnightFast$1,198.00
Orvis Helios 4 D 10ft 5wt Fly Rod (5100-4)Full-Wells10ft5Matte MidnightFast$1,098.00