The newest offering from Orvis, the Blackout Helios 3D rods are a bit different than the standard Helios rods. Other than the aesthetic changes, this rod is an absolute beast. They are in very short supply, and we expect them to go fast.
The 8 weight has enough backbone to easily turn over the largest most wind resistant bass bugs in your box, but soft enough for the most delicate presentations. The shorter length makes it a bit more accurate than a standard 9 foot rod, and will help you thread the needle on those hard to reach spots that are off-limit for most.
The 5 weight, is a great trout rod, equally at home in the boat or from shore. The high modulus graphite blank and longer length makes it a great small stream Euro nymph rod, but will also roll cast an indicator or dry fly rig like no other.