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I prefer a long rod... check out the archives and i'm sure you can find tons of info on them..   i like 7 1/2 -8ft rods for flippin and pitching...  I have one of the Skeet rods for it and it does the job well

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Frogs I really like a 7'3 XH rod. I use a Dobyns 736.

For flipping and pitching I like a 7'6 rod. I use a Dobyns 765 for this.

 

  Definitely look into a rod 7'3 or 7'6 and with a good back bone.

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I've been using a new rod called a citrus stick. I like the 7'11" heavy with a moderate fast action for frogs and the 7'3" medium heavy moderate fast for flipping. I don't flip really really heavy cover so the medium heavy is fine and the power is slightly higher then they are marked.

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Falcon Cara heavy/fast for cover

Cara Casting      CC-7-173 S      Cara Amistad      H      F      10      15-30 lb.      1/2 to 1 1/2 oz.      7' 3"      10"      $199.99

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After fishing with them over the season, I can honestly say that the Kistler Magnesium TS rods are my personal favorite. Theyre just right for flipping and pitching: Super light-weight, smooth and easy, yet has more than enough power to yank your fish out of the brushpile. Good rod, thats for sure.

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Am I the only one that prefers a shorter rod?  I changed from a 7' to a 6'6" and my results have been significant.  Anyone else backwards?

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For flipping and pitching heavy cover a 6'6" rod will not have enough length or backbone to get a fish out. I watched one of my riders during a tournament last year pitch with a 6'6" rod, he had a really hard time landing fish. After hooking about 10 fish and only landing 2, he finally broke his rod in half trying to muscle a fish out of the weeds.

For sparse areas I suppose it would be ok but I definately prefer at least 7' and heavy action.

Kistler guy here also....

I own 2 Kistler flippin sticks, a Helium and a Graphite Series, both heavy action and 7' 6" and telescopic. Will be adding 2 to my collection soon as they are finished and arrive, both the new Z-Bones,  7'6" heavy and a 7' heavy. The longer will be used for flippin and the shorter for pitching jigs and froggin.

Both will have the new micro guides also, excited to try them out.

BTW, chromedog, when you say the results have been significant, do you mean in terms of accuracy or ease of casting or hooking vs. landing, just curious..

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I just meant it as ease of casting and accuracy.  For me.  And I realize I am backwards from everything I have read.

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I like a shorter rod for flipping and pitching, but I like a 7'3".  Makes a it alittle easier I think. 7'11" or even 8' is a heck of alot rod to control with 1 hand doing a pitch.

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7'11" or even 8' is a heck of alot rod to control with 1 hand doing a pitch.

Its all about balance.  Most long, heavy cover rods have long handles, making the actual length of the rod in front of the reel seat similar to most 7' casting rods.  There are some out there that are poorly balanced, so try before you buy.

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7'11" or even 8' is a heck of alot rod to control with 1 hand doing a pitch.

Its all about balance. Most long, heavy cover rods have long handles, making the actual length of the rod in front of the reel seat similar to most 7' casting rods. There are some out there that are poorly balanced, so try before you buy.

Good advice, never thought of it that way.  Most of the cover I fish isn't real heavy so I like a little smaller rod, but when it comes to throwing a frog on the mat, the bigger the better!!

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St. Croix makes a series called mojo bass. They have great rods that are affordable and technique specific. They have a frog rod, pitchin rod, and a flippin rod. I am not sure about the frog rod but the pitchin rod is 7'6" and the flippin rod is 7'11". I personally have the pitchin rod as well as the jig n worm, crankbait, topwater, and spinnerbait rod. They are great and cost between 100 and 120.

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Geez...I'm realizing that since I haven't had to stay on top of the newest stuff, I have fallen way behind. With my tournament days mostly behind me, my sons and I have been happy to fish with the gear that we have. You guys and gals must read some of my posts and think that you went back in time. I am sure that when the time comes to buy some new rods, it will be like my hockey experience...like going from wood sticks to graphite!

TJ

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I frog fish with a 7'6" BPS Bionic Blade MH flipping stick.  I can also use that rod for pitching and flipping.  If I am flipping into heavy cover, however, I use a BPS Extreme 7'6" Heavy rod that is one piece.

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