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Right now I have a Dobyns Fury 735c that is pull double sometimes triple duty as a Frog, Flipping/Pitching, and sometimes light swimbait rod. 

 

While i I do like the rod and how it preforms for all 3 techniques it is getting time consuming re tying for the 3 different techniques and adding or taking off a leader.

 

So I am on a quest for a rod for my flipping/pitching. At first I thought well I'll just go with one of the Dobyns flipping rods like the Fury 765flip.

 

But my dilemma with this is

1. I already prefer 7' rods and when I bought the 735 it was already a stretch for me as I fish from the bank as much as I do from the boat and when bank fishing that extra 3" makes it a little cumbersome to try and walk my frog but I have adapted.

2. I like a stiffer rod when pitching and stuff and to help horse the fish out of cover which is what the 735 is/does and the 735 is rated as a Mag Hvy so if I went with the 765flip which is rated at Med Hvy I'm afraid it won't be as stout of a rod.

 

so I came up with 3 possibilities 

1. Just get another Dobyns 735 and make one a frog rod the other a flipping/pitching rod

 

2. Find a 7' rod that is good and stout/stiff and make that my frog rod and use the 735 as the flipping/pitching rod

 

3. Look outside of Dobyns for a possible flipping rod from a rod company that is known to have stiffer rods. I was looking at the St.croix Mojo 7'4" heavy slop n frog rod. I know it suggests fishing frogs with this rod and they have an actual flipping rod but it's a 7'6" Med Hvy and Mod fast action the 7'4" is a Hvy and Fast action

 

or a 4th possibility which is to hear what the bass resource community has to say and take any other suggestions 

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I would personally lean toward the Powell Max 3D line of rods. They have a 7'3" Heavy rod for $160 that will take care of what you need to do.

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7'3 H lews tp1 speed stick. Super stout with a nice tip to walk a frog or detect light bites in heavy cover. Mine is my frog rod

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I have a 7'3" Duckett Ghost H/F($120 with extended warranty), with an Abu 4600C3.  I like it a lot, I flip, pitch, and throw heavies with it. I wouldn't do a Duckett without the extended warranty, but I like the sensitivity.

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Keep in mind that rod power is in relation to the application.  The 735 and 765 are both "5" power yet the 735 is Mag hvy and the 765 is Med Hvy.  Confusing?

The rod power is in the context of the application.  Notice how the line lure weight rating is higher for the 765.  The 765 is MH in the context of a Flippin Stick, not a casting rod.  Also, a good flippin stick will have the 1st guide further up the blank to give you more room when you pull the line back.  therefore the 765 Flip should be your rod of choice.

 

Regarding length, these rods are all designed to be used off the bow of a bass boat where a bit of extra length is nice.  I use a 7"11 rod for flipping and frogs and I wouldn't mind going to over 8'  lol.

 

 

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Just go with possibility #1 if you like that rod just buy another. 

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Irod Fred's Magic Stick.  It's a great frog rod and can double as a flippin/punching rod up to 1.5oz

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MDBassin I have several ideas for you 

I use a Dobyns Champion XP model DC 705C. When I was making up my mind I chose the 7 footer because I can not get a 7'3" in my rod box. Of course Gary said the DC 735C was the correct rod to go with for frogs, but the action is not that noticeable if I had never fished the 735.

 

You are more than welcome to cast my 705C and see what you think. This model rod is also offered in the Sierra series, but the graphite in a Sierra rod is a slower, so I am not sure a Sierra is a good answer for a frog rod. It might feel soft or not as quick tipped.

 

There is my second idea, Dobyns has a Savy   "factory rep sample" SSM 705C rod that is being sold as new for only $100 and I believe that includes shipping ( it would take a call to be sure). My understanding is that the Savvy rods have a quicker graphite blank more like the Fury and Champions.  

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