Orvis just announced that it is going to replace the Helios models with a new series of Helios 2 this winter. Has anyone heard any advance scuttlebutt? How do they compare with the current Helios? How deeply will Orvis discount the remaining Helios inventory to make room for the new models?
Here's a teaser from the Orvis blog:
Introducing the Helios 2: Feed Your Addiction
I was particularly interested to see the comment about improved tip strength. I had heard, for example, that the present 8 weight Helios model is not a reliable bonefishing rod because it is too brittle. If you are going to shell out that kind of money it's nice to have a strong guarantee, but having a strong guarantee is no substitute for having confidence that you probably won't ever need it.