Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum
I spent the last week fishing the Helios 3F on the North Fork Clearwater and Kelly Creek. The H3F delivered on its promises. Fast, incredibly accurate, and able to deliver a soft presentation (both close-in and at a distance), the rod proved to be the favorite among our group out of the new models we had out for the trip – Redington Crux, Sage Foundation, Thomas & Thomas Avantt, and Winston Nimbus, as well as a classic 1963 Orvis Bamboo rod.
The T&T Avantt earned high praise as well, and the Nimbus is a sweet new all-graphite rod from Winston, designed to complement their higher priced Boron rods. The Sage and Redington rods offer simple fast-action casting power at a reasonable price.