With more than 5,500 entries, our Orvis Helios 2 Sweepstakes was a big hit, and many of you have been waiting anxiously for a list of winners. So we decided to release them a day early, especially since tomorrow will have big news of its own. (More on that later.) So, without further ado, here are the winners and their prizes:
Orvis Helios 2 9-foot 5-weight Fly Rod: Ryan Litus, Wilson, WY
Orvis Helios 2 9-foot 9-weight Fly Rod: Mike (no last name), Silver Spring, MD
Safe Passage Sling Pack #1: Keith Talley (no address)
Safe Passage Sling Pack #2: John Marston, Chino Hills, CA
Encounter Large-Arbor Reel #1: Tiffany Reed, Springville, UT
Encounter Large-Arbor Reel #2: Kit Jeffrey, Missoula, MT
Rising Trout Dry-Fly Selection #1: Bob Peach, Sicklerville, NJ
Rising Trout Dry-Fly Selection #2: Chad Chorney (no address)
Helios 2 Tee Shirt #1: Craig Lipscomb, Gadsden, AL
Helios 2 Tee Shirt #2: Thomas Sipe, Greensburg, PA
Helios 2 Tee Shirt #3: Sky Jones, Bozeman, MT
Helios 2 Tee Shirt #4: Ellice Nielson, Hudson, OH
Helios 2 Tee Shirt #5: Ian Drougal, Caledonia, MI
Helios 2 Hat #1: Andy Long, Crucis, NC
Helios 2 Hat #2: Yvonne Hooker, Kalamazoo, MI
Helios 2 Hat #3: Charlene Hainey (no address)
Helios 2 Hat #4: Eric Hendricks (no address)
Helios 2 Hat #5: Jeremy Stempel, Scarsdale, NY
Helios 2 Sticker #1: Robert Webb, Newton, NC
Helios 2 Sticker #2: Candace Higgins, Lakewood, CO
Helios 2 Sticker #3: Adam Wheeler, Columbia, MO
Helios 2 Sticker #4: George Leader, Dauphin, PA
Helios 2 Sticker #5: Phillip Freund, Powell, OH
Thanks to everyone who played, and you can all look forward to more such contests in the future, as we roll out new products.
The big announcement for today is that four models of the Helios 2 will go on sale tomorrow on Orvis.com. Those first four rods will be: 8-foot, 6-inch 5-weight (mid-flex); 9-foot 5-weight (tip-flex); 9-foot 8-weight (tip-flex); and 9-foot 9-weight (tip flex).
If you haven’t yet explored what makes these new rods so great, check out the words, pictures, and video on the Helios 2 page on Orvis.com. We will post a link to the actual product page, where you can buy the rods, first thing tomorrow.
Until then, check out the video below to see what fly fishermen at a Trout Unlimited “Demo Days” event had to say about Helios 2 after they got a chance to cast it.