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Here’s Why You Should Spend $800 on a Fly Rod

The Orvis Helios 2, a feat of craftsmanship and technology, will change the way you fish forever.
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Nobody needs an $800 rod for fly fishing. Even for the hardcore angler, that sum would be better spent on a couple of casting lessons or guided trips, to say nothing of college tuitions and 401(k)s.

But the Orvis Helios 2 is a magic wand of sorts, a wisp of carbon-fiber that excels at two things: