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Help me decide on a flipping/pitching rod!

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Hi All,

 

New to the group, looking forward to getting some help.

 

Im looking to get a new flipping/pitching rod and am looking at either the Okuma TCS 7’6” H or the similarly-spec’d Phenix Recon Elite 766 (7’6”H).

 

THE Phenix is about 2x the cost of the TCS, so I’m wondering if it’s worth the additional investment or if anyone has any experience with either rod.

 

I also like the Dobyns Champion series, but they are 3x of the Okuma.

 

Any thoughts are appreciated.

 

Thanks.

 

 

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Do you have any specs you are looking for? What length of rod do you prefer for flipping/pitching? What size jigs do you plan to throw? Also, what price range? Thanks.

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44 minutes ago, Stephen B said:

Do you have any specs you are looking for? What length of rod do you prefer for flipping/pitching? What size jigs do you plan to throw? Also, what price range? Thanks.

Hi, thanks for responding.  I haven’t flipped or pitched before, so this will be my first foray into it, which is why I’m looking at 7’6” instead of 7’11” - I think a rod that long will be a pain to manage.

 

From my research I don’t believe that I need an XH (fishing Lake Mead primarily and I haven’t seen super heavy grasses or mats), which is why I am thinking of only going with Heavy power.  

 

For lures I plan to throw jigs and Texas-rigged plastics with weights up to 2oz, but likely most often only 1-1.5oz.

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If you like the price of the tcs, but would like dobyns great customer service and great quality maybe look into a 765 flip in the fury lineup. Although I haven't fished this rod, it is one I've did a lot of reading on and plan to add it to my arsenal when my wife isn't looking. 

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Have you considered the shimano Curado rod line up? 

Or even the Kistler helium 3? 

 

 

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1 hour ago, CroakHunter said:

If you like the price of the tcs, but would like dobyns great customer service and great quality maybe look into a 765 flip in the fury lineup. Although I haven't fished this rod, it is one I've did a lot of reading on and plan to add it to my arsenal when my wife isn't looking. 

Thanks!  I have a fury Rod already and like to get different makes/models to try as much as I can.  I see that the Chmpion series is highly recommended and it’s a one-time purchase.  I don’t anticipate replacing this rod no matter what I wind up with for a very long time so the extra $150 isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker, but hey a buck is a buck.  If the Champion is with it, I’ll pay the extra money.

25 minutes ago, JROC said:

Have you considered the shimano Curado rod line up? 

Or even the Kistler helium 3? 

 

 

I have not looked into either.  How do they compare to the others?

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ALX Zolo series. I like the Zolo Dragger for flipping. But they have several rods for flipping and pitching.

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Keep an eye at dobyns website. I bought a used champion 765flip there for $180. Absolutely love it. 

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On 2018-04-11 at 11:03 PM, Pprice01 said:

Anyone ise the Zodias 7’5” Heavy?

I have the Zodias 7'2" heavy (at least I think it is 7'2").  Anyhow ... i use it with a 7.3:1 reel and 65lb braid for pitching to heavy junk.  I have been very happy with it.  The Zodias are a very nice line of rods.

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Haven't used the Elite, but I have a 766 Recon2 flipping stick and I like the blank a lot. Handle is a little skinny for my liking, but the rod itself is pretty dang good. Whether or not it's worth the cost is subjective.

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I've had the elite 2 and the TCS. The TCS to me fishes lighter then a true heavy. The recon is much more powerful. My favorite is the 796 recon elite 2 though. 

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