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Pitchin' and flippin' are two of my deficiencies. With this in mind and after having read some articles here, I would appreciate rod suggestions. I've recently had wrist surgery that's left it partially fused. The rods I own don't work too well for me now. From what I've learned , I should be looking for a rod with backbone but a fleible tip. I've tried flipping and pitching with some of the lighter rods I have. They do appear to cast easier but I'm a bit concerned about having to horse a fish from heavy cover. Any advice and related opinions on specific rods will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, everyone.

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How much do you want to spend? I pitch with 7' MH/F St croix casting rods. Either my Avid or LTB, excellant rods for that appllication IMHO. Plenty of power, light, and sensitive. I had the 7'6" MH/MF St croix LTB rod labled as the pitching rod.........but I did not care for it, it was the older LTB with full cork, and the rod was telescopic, and very heavy. My buddy has the 7'6" MH/MF Mojo "pitching" rod, and it actually feels better to me than that LTB I had, and if I ever get the itch for longer rod than the 7' er's I use now I might just try it.

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Powell has a 7'3" Heavy in their "blades, cranks, top water" section of their site. It's my pitching stick. Soft tip, lots of backbone, lightweight, sensitive, total parabolic action, lifetime warrantee ... What's not to love???

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A pitch cast can be use with whatever rod is in your hands at the time. I'd match a rod more to the presentation, bait and cover. I don't like a broom stick for anything really. I like the St Croix line, especially in Avid and up for off the shelf rods. A Mod-fast action makes sense in the heaviest bass rods but I'd pass on a crankin stick.

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G-Loomis 7' 6" FS905 IMX Flippin Stick. Mines a heavy power, fast. With 50lb braid, light & easy. Hooksets are quick & sure. You can land anysize bass along with 10lbs of grass, tree limbs, etc.. Light enough to fish all day. You would have to go with a 903 or 904. They don't make the 905 anymore.

Ronnie

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I rarely flip. If I'm fishing heavy cover up close, I'm usually pitching with maybe a little actual flipping mixed in. That's why in most situations, I prefer a 7' MH to H Worm/Jig rod. To me, a 7'6" is a little long for pitching. A 7' is also more versatile and can be used for other techniques. I use a Denali Rosewood 7' MH or H Worm/Jig rod for my pitching needs. In particular, the MH is very versatile and can be used for a number of techniques. The tip on it is perfect for pitching and skipping. I started using Denali rods about a year ago and absolutely love them. I had been using Loomis IMX rods and my Denali Rosewoods are every bit as sensitive and lightweight. They also have a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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I flip with a carrot stick and i love it, I have 2 now and i love to flip with them, will never flip with anything else...

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There's a few things I look for in a pitching/flipping rod

Soft tip

Stiff backbone

10guides

Long, full rear grip (preferably no fore grip)

Good spacing between reel seat and first guide

Fairly sensitive

Durable

A good warranty (these sticks take a beating)

I use the Dobyns FLIP/PITCH series. The 805 for lighter flip/heavy jigs and the 766 for heavy flip. That rage rod looks very nice also...I'm gonna try that one soon.

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Thanks for all the reccomendations , fellas. I'm taking it all into consideration. One more thing, these new micro guides, have any of you found that they are useful on such rods ?

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Maybe want to check out the new M1 line by Phenix.

If I understand correctly they are supposed to use a resin that makes them a bit stouter without losing much if any sensitivity. I'm looking @ the 7'8" heavy myself.

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I rarely flip at all but i pitch like a machine. When starting out it is easier to pitch with a shorter rod and then move up in length as you become more comfortable with the technique. I started out with a 6'6' casting rod and now i am able to pitch perfectly well with my 7'6' veritas rod. Haven't tried the 7'11' yet but might move up to that one one day (maybe).

mike d

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