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Okuma Helios Machined Aluminum Large Arbor Fly Reel

by Okuma
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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  • Maintenance-Free Waterproof Drag System
  • Multi-Disk Cork and Stainless Drag Washers
  • Roller Bearing Engages Drag in One Direction
  • 2BB+1RB Stainless Steel Spool Shafts
  • Anodized Aluminum Machined Rigid Frame
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Product Description

Here at Okuma we continue to develop the most technological advancements in fishing tackle without compromising performance or value. Those were our thoughts when we decided to build the ultimate fly reel, the Helios series. This machined aluminum frame and spool fit the demands of the most experienced fly fisherman. It's multi-disk waterproof drag and one way clutch bearing make this the jewel of the highly regarded Okuma lineup of fly reels. Available in five sizes.

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  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001V7KS5I
  • Item model number: HELIOS FR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,837 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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Model Number: H-89A Verified Purchase
My Okuma 8/9 Helios is both pretty and a working horse, very smooth drag. I always pair it with my 8wt Okuma Spey rod, a perfect match! The large arbor is just perfect for my skagit compact lines. I'm having a great time casting the combo both in ponds and rivers. The 8/9 holds Airflo Compact 635 grain perfectly. Average casting distance for this rod and reel is 75-85ft easily.

Right now I'm using the 8/9 reel with the 8wt spey rod to swinging flies for some landlock Atlantic salmons and steelheads. Please check out my Youtube video to see a demo in a river in Vermont. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlar9PSkYnU
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Model Number: H-89A Verified Purchase
This inexpensive reel is suited to inshore saltwater fishing. (8/9) It has a smooth action and drag system. *The weak straw is the drag system's adjustment wheel, which can come off if wound too far! If you familiarize yourself with it, it is not likely to occur, but if it does, the fish will yell Touche' and that's all she wrote. The Reel is very good otherwise, but significantly behind the LAMSON LITESPEED - much, much cheaper too! All in all, worthwhile.

*THIS MAY BE PECULIAR TO MY SPECIMEN SO IF OKUMA READS THIS AND WANTS TO ADDRESS IT, THAT'S GREAT.
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Been using the 8/9 for quite some time now, mostly in the salt. Looks great.Super smooth and super light. Feels great in the hands. Great finish and always runs smooth even after getting dunked. I went ahead and got a spare spool for my sinking line. Really they should ask more for this reel!
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Model Number: H 56
I have been using the 8/9 Helios here in Alaska for nearly 3 years. It is a fantastic piece of equipment and is a smooth operator! It has never failed while fighting numerous sockeye and coho salmon. It's good looking, lightweight, and it's drag is strong yet smooth as silk. I've always used Okuma spinning reels and wish I had committed to their fly reels earlier. A great product at a very fair price. I highly recommend!
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Model Number: H-89-SPOOL
Okuma makes a great 8wt reel here, especially for the price. I have had this reel for 3 years and have never had any problems with it. I use it mostly for NE Stripers, but have also taken it bone fishing. Thus, it was worth buying the extra spool to put some different line on it for different kinds of fishing. If you dont want to spend the money for the top of the line gear, this is a great way to go.
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Model Number: H 56 Verified Purchase
For the price this is the best buy on the market. Strong,light,well balanced solid feel- great for the any fly fisherman.
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Model Number: H 56
I've been using the Okuma Helios H56 reel for years on everything from 1lb trout to 10/12 lb Salmon and everything in between. I'm on my second reel only because my first one went to the bottom of a lake. I'm about to buy my 3rd just because I want to keep 2 rods geared up instead of swapping spools. Great reel and hands down the best i've fished in it's price class. In all fairness though I've not owned a more expensive reel. Just haven't seen the need to spend more. I've got friends that own them all and they haven't proven I need anything different yet!
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