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Canoetripper

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I have only used it 3/4 times. An Orvis Helios 3D/Orvis Mirage fly reel 9' 5 wt. combo with Orvis fly lines on both spools. I broke it landing a large >20" stocked trout. I catch quite a few of these at my Pocono Mountain R&G Club so I know what to do when I hook one. Rod tip up and let the reel's drag do what it was designed to do. Reel them in. Don't strip them in, and I have a large landing net.

The rod broke in the lower section of the tip section. This is a four piece fly rod. I have landed bigger trout on this fly rod so I don't know what went wrong, but everybody breaks fly rods if you fish with them enough.

I called Orvis and told them what happened and they said that they would send me a new tip section in the middle of July. Fortunately for me, my backup fly rod/reel combo is a 9' 5 wt. Orvis Recon fly rod/Orvis Helious fly reel, which I think I actually cast a little bit better. And, I know that I am not a very good fly caster. 

I constantly watch Youtube videos about fly casting and know that I am improving, especially since I have a place to now go fish where nobody is nearby to watch me cast, but I am seriously considering going to an Orvis school to improve even more.

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Sorry to hear about the broken rod. As you know if you fish long enough it happens. A few years ago I broke an Orvis Clearwater 9 wt on the Kenai river in Alaska. The rod was lucky to have 50 casts on it and I was in the process of landing the 3rd Sockeye of my limit for the evening. Orvis made good on it as soon as I got back. I actually mentioned breaking the rod in a fly shop in Cooper Landing the next day and the owner offered me a loaner, but I had other rods so I didn’t take him up on the offer.

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That stinks to hear that you broke your rod.  Had you by chance been trowing some weights or larger flies?  I have broken four fly rods, two rolling up rear windows.  One of them snapped while casting.  I was using a weighted streamer and the streamer had hit the rod earlier and made a weak place in the rod.  Regardless it is good to hear that they are sending you a new section and that you had a backup.
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I was fishing with a beadhead wooly bugger on sinking tip fly line. I was in the process of netting the trout when my fly rod just broke, but didn't know it. I thought I had the situation under control. I thought the trout spit out the fly and didn't even know I broke the fly rod(or maybe the trout broke it instead) until I released it and reeled in my line.
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I constantly watch Youtube videos about fly casting and know that I am improving, especially since I have a place to now go fish where nobody is nearby to watch me cast, but I am seriously considering going to an Orvis school to improve even more.


Sucks about the rod but Orvis is good on covering them.  A buddy and I did the Orvis Fly Fishing School in Manchester VT.  Great school, learned a ton.  At that time, they still had the rod factory in Manchester, not sure if it is still there.  We toured it, very interesting.  Do it if you can.

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Orvis now has a school for fly fishing and wing shooting in Blue Ridge Summit, PA. This is kind of along the Pennsylvania/Maryland border. I live close enough. I am going to do this for both since I have so much money invested in the R&G club that I now belong to in the Pocono Mountains in northeastern, PA. Since I am kind of sort of retired from canoeing, and fly fishing is my current passion, it only makes sense that I get better at it than I am. One of the reasons that I spent so much money on that Helios fly rod is it is manufactured in Vermont, and the Mirage Fly reel is it is manufactured nearby in New Hampshire. If I was going to spend that much money on a new fly rod/reel combo, the least I could do was support American workers and craftsmanship.

What I love about Orvis the most, and will include L.L. Bean here too, is that when I call their 1-800# for customer service is that after the second ring is that a human being who can speak English answers the phone call and can help me right away.

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I just received my replacement tip section on my Orvis Helios 3. It took a while but now I am good to go. I like the fly rod/reel combo and spent a lot of money on it. I am not complaining, just explaining. Fly fishing is my #1 outdoor activity right now. 

I went fishing this weekend at the R&G club. It was also the annual picnic. I didn't do well fishing and only caught a fall fish, but I did see three bald eagles. I love the Poconos.


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Orvis now has a school for fly fishing and wing shooting in Blue Ridge Summit, PA. This is kind of along the Pennsylvania/Maryland border. I live close enough. I am going to do this for both since I have so much money invested in the R&G club that I now belong to in the Pocono Mountains in northeastern, PA. Since I am kind of sort of retired from canoeing, and fly fishing is my current passion, it only makes sense that I get better at it than I am. One of the reasons that I spent so much money on that Helios fly rod is it is manufactured in Vermont, and the Mirage Fly reel is it is manufactured nearby in New Hampshire. If I was going to spend that much money on a new fly rod/reel combo, the least I could do was support American workers and craftsmanship.

What I love about Orvis the most, and will include L.L. Bean here too, is that when I call their 1-800# for customer service is that after the second ring is that a human being who can speak English answers the phone call and can help me right away.


CT, tell me about your experience at the Orvis club in Blue Ridge Summit.  I belonged to the previous club that operated out of that location (before it went out of business) and have been wondering about the new version of the shooting club.

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I haven't been there yet, but will let you know what my experience was like when I do go there.
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