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A flipping rod to go with the Cronarch?

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Guys, I think I have decided to go with a Cronarch for pitching/flipping, as many of you suggested it was a good choice. Now what rod would be a good match? I would like to spend maybe 250.00 or less, but that isn't etched in stone. Also, what is the minimum length for a rod used for this technique?

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Good call on the Chronarch!  It's a great "pitching" reel and will work fine for flipping as well.  Obviously two different techniques.  Couple of questions... are you looking for a true heavy duty "flipping" stick, or do you plan to do more pitching?  What weight baits do you plan to use most often?  Heavy cover?  Grass?  All important considerations when selecting the right rod! 

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I have my Chronarch on a Shimano 7'6" Calcutta, mxf line rated 10-20 lure rated for 1/2 -1 oz..but will throw 2oz swimnaits with ease.

In my case, I would rather have a 7'11"..also the cover I fish doesn't require a really heavy rod, mine is under rated..has some backbone.

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Good call on the Chronarch! It's a great "pitching" reel and will work fine for flipping as well. Obviously two different techniques. Couple of questions... are you looking for a true heavy duty "flipping" stick, or do you plan to do more pitching? What weight baits do you plan to use most often? Heavy cover? Grass? All important considerations when selecting the right rod!

Bronzefly, I am quoting you because I appreciate your advice. I currently have these in my arsenal-

Pflueger Supreme/St Croix Premier Spinning 6'6" MHF

Shimano Citica 201E/St Croix Premier glass 6'6" MMF

Revo STX-L/Falcon Cara T7 MHF 6'6"

I just want that heavy action setup for flipping/pitching, and for jigs and worms if I run into some really nasty cover. What do you think?

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There are quite a few good options that will compliment your current arsenal that fit your budget.  I would give a serious look at the Loomis MBR 844 GLX/IMX.  Not only will it make a fine pitching rod, but will also expand your options when tossing football jigs, big worms in deep water, carolina rigs, large spinnerbaits, even large topwaters.  It's an absolutely outstanding "all purpose" heavier action rod.

Given your current lineup of rods and reels, I'd go with this rod because it will really fill a wide range of applications.  If you look around and take your time, you MIGHT be able to find an 844 GLX for $250, but could definitely find one for a few bucks more.

There are other rods that are more technique specific that would work well, but I think you'd be doing yourself a favor by going with the 844.

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Sounds like a plan:) Based on what you and others have told me- this will give me a quality arsenal to fish many different conditions...

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Looks like most of your rods are 6-6.  I would suggest you don't go less than than a 7 footer.  The GLX and IMX are top of the line but fairly to very expensive. A 7'6" will give you distance and leverage and be less cumbersome than an 8 footer.  Lots of 7'3" options out there. You should be able to find a quality stick for 110.00 to 170.00 new.  Nice reel choice.

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Looks like most of your rods are 6-6. I would suggest you don't go less than than a 7 footer. The GLX and IMX are top of the line but fairly to very expensive. A 7'6" will give you distance and leverage and be less cumbersome than an 8 footer. Lots of 7'3" options out there. You should be able to find a quality stick for 110.00 to 170.00 new. Nice reel choice.

Yep, I tend to be more accurate with a 6'6" when outright casting. Still, I realize that flipping and pitching are different animals all together and I planned on a 7 foot stick being the minimum.

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Sounds like a plan:) Based on what you and others have told me- this will give me a quality arsenal to fish many different conditions...

Definitely!  I think a great way to begin building an arsenal is to start out with a few "all purpose" combos.  Once you work with them over time, you may begin to notice specific areas where a different tip action, different length, or a different gear ratio would make your chosen technique more efficient.  Once you get there, it's a good time to explore some more technique specific options.  Let us know how it turns out!!

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In my opinion, the greatest all purpose flippin'/pitchin' rod is the powell 765.

You obviously haven't tried a Dobyns 765  :D

The Powells are much too tip heavy causing them to feel WAY heavier then they are, especially with that Chronarch on there, it will be very poorly balanced.

The Loomis GLX  isn't a bad rod , I had the 844C GLX and was pretty satisfied. I'm not a fan of the 7footer rod, and don't think it works as well as a longer rod ESPECIALLY for flipping and pitching. Longer rods in the 7'6-8ft range really have helped me.

  I personally use a few rods to flip and pitch depending on the cover. I use a Dobyns 765 (7'6) for most of my medium flipping and pitching, jigs and beavers. I use a Dobyns 805 for the heavy duty stuff (8ft rod).

I sold my MBR844C GLX to replace it with a Dobyns. Although I am on the staff now, I did this WELL before I ever had contact with anyone that worked with Dobyns. I was happy then, and am happy now.

Best of luck on your decision.

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I would love to have the Loomis rod, but I really am trying to stay in that 200-250 dollar range. Especially after what the Cronarch will set me back...

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I have an Avid AVC76MHMF rod comming; I didn't fish it so i can't recomand it yet, but the guys at StCroix say that this is a rod designed specifically for flipping / pitching in weeds and light/medium cover (not thick mats or wood jungles like in the southern states). You might wanna check it out....

Anybody used it yet ???

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