Though merely 2.5 ounces, the Orvis Helios 2 has the finesse needed to fling flies accurately, the power to push casts across broad rivers, and the backbone to handle nearly any size catch. We spent five weeks with the carbon-fiber and composite rod, and we reeled in everything from 14-inch cutthroat trout to 21-inch rainbows. [$795; orvis.com]
Photograph by Travis Rathbone; Prop Styling by Nikole Nelson
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