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KLX 70MH or Dobyns 734 Champion

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Hi Guys,

 

Looking for some feedback on these two specific rods for Texas Rigging plastics and maybe some Spinner bait throwing.  The KLX Carolina/Texas/Worm 7'0" Medium Heavy (KLXTCRWJ70MH ) or the Dobyns Champion 734 SH.  Any of you own these sticks and use them for T-Rigs?  I would mostly be fishing the reservoirs here in central ohio from a boat. Not a lot of vegetation so mostly 1/4 ounce weighted soft plastics with some weightless tossed around laydowns and rip rap.

 

If anyone has some feedback on which would be better suited I would really appreciate it.

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Probably not much help, but I own and use both. I primarily use them for 1/4 to 1/2 T-Rigs and jigs. I love both of them, but would probably give the nod to the KLX in the sensitivity department. You cannot go wrong with either one though.

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With the Kistler sale right now if you could afford it I’d suggest the Helium 3 7’1”or 7’4” MH XF over either option. 

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I have not used the Dobyns but I do own every model line of Kistler. The use the exact model of KLX you are referring to for my t-rigs and small jigs. I like the suggestion @kschultz76 gave but would say go for the KLX Feel N Reel over the Helium 3 to save a little dough with the sale right now.

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Dobyns are good but Kistler has them beat on sensitivity.

 

I would choose the magnesium 3 with the Kistler sale. 

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3 hours ago, Chance_Taker4 said:

I have not used the Dobyns but I do own every model line of Kistler. The use the exact model of KLX you are referring to for my t-rigs and small jigs. I like the suggestion @kschultz76 gave but would say go for the KLX Feel N Reel over the Helium 3 to save a little dough with the sale right now.

Are you sure you meant KLX Feel N Reel, that’s a graphite/glass hybrid rod built specifically for crankbaits.

 

I have KLX and Helium 3 rods, the increased sensitivity and faster taper of the Helium 3 is worth the small price difference all day long for any bottom contact presentations. At least in my opinion. 

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For what it's worth, I really like my Champions - the balance, feel, actions, and aesthetics are great.  However, there are more sensitive sticks at that price point.  After quite a bit of research I picked up two He3s this winter for bottom contact techniques, but haven't had a chance to fish them yet.  For me, sensitivity was a top priority and at 20% off the He3 was a clear winner.

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Thanks to all for the input. I actually asked the same question to Trey over at Kistler regarding the H3 and the KLX. He said the KLX was the rod for me. I told him it would mostly be 1/4 to 1/2 Texas rigged plastic along with an occasional spinner bait and he said it was an easy decision. Even with the close price difference due to the sale. When I asked him about the H3 being the better rod for my needs his exact quote was

 

Not really, the KLXTCRWJ70MH is best trust me. Never mind the label specs”

 

I guess when you get something like that straight from the horses mouth you can’t really get any better. I pulled the trigger on the KLX based on this along with the feedback here in this forum. 

 

Thanks to all who replied. 

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16 minutes ago, ZebcoZak said:

Thanks to all for the input. I actually asked the same question to Trey over at Kistler regarding the H3 and the KLX. He said the KLX was the rod for me. I told him it would mostly be 1/4 to 1/2 Texas rigged plastic along with an occasional spinner bait and he said it was an easy decision. Even with the close price difference due to the sale. When I asked him about the H3 being the better rod for my needs his exact quote was

 

Not really, the KLXTCRWJ70MH is best trust me. Never mind the label specs”

 

I guess when you get something like that straight from the horses mouth you can’t really get any better. I pulled the trigger on the KLX based on this along with the feedback here in this forum. 

 

Thanks to all who replied. 

The KLX has a more versatile taper. You'll be happy with the rod for your t-rig and spinner baits.

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Congratulations on your KLX purchase.  That's a great rod.  Most of my rods are Kistlers, and most are from the KLX line.  I will continue to buy them.  And Kistler has some great sales at times.  One time, they had a "buy a KLX rod and get a Carbon Steel rod free" sale!  I picked up two new KLX rods that I love and expected to keep the Carbon Steels as back-ups.  After trying them out, they ended up on the starting team with the KLXs.

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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