Another major step forward for an established market presence, this third iteration of “Helios” packs all the attributes of its predecessors. It’s a fast-action rod, equally good at long and close ranges. But here’s the kicker that sets this one apart from most other rods: it loads with ease, almost by intuition. A simple, well-prepared backcast is all you need to launch a dead-on forward cast, at 15 feet or 45 feet. Translated to actual fishing, that means this rod literally negates the need for false casts, which spook fish. It comes in a “D” version (for distance) or “F” version (for feel), but there’s plenty of D and F in either option. You can expect TU to adopt H3 for another campaign in the near future. $845-$895; orvis.com.
TROUT Media, the print/digital/and social media arm of Trout Unlimited, is partnering with Angling Trade Magazine to create insightful, honest, reporting and gear review content in the fly-fishing space. Both entities will be sharing various written reviews and videos on their respective platforms going forward. TU will bring reviews by everyday anglers, for everyday anglers, while Angling Trade will bring insights from professional editors who have been exclusively focused on the North American fly-fishing market for over 15 years. It will be a mix of gear reviews unlike anything produced to date.