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There is a post in the Dobyns Rod forum about a new flipping stick, and it's getting a lot of attention but folks aren't posting if it's not a Dobyns Rod, out of respect for the board.

But we have this whole rod section here that we can talk about any rod we'd like so I thought I'd bring it up here and let folks tell us about their favorite flipping stick :-*

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I use-

7'1" MH St. Croix tourney legend. Has handled up to 1/2oz weights really well but I usually stick to 3/8 with it. Braided line and pegged weight.

7'4" Heavy(though I wouldn't truly call it that) St. Croix tourney legend that really likes the 3/4oz weight zone. Braided line and pegged weight.

733 Dobyns Champion XP a lot with 1/4 & 5/16oz weights and it handles those really well. Braided line with it too.

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Currently using a custom FDx rod for lightweight pitch/flip and my Dobyns DRX 755c for heavier stuff.  I don't have a specific pitch/flip rod yet because I just learned how to do it about a month ago when I paid a guide to take me out and show me how to not get a wicked backlash when making short casts with my baitcaster.

Spinning pitch/flip is quite easy, but limited in power....

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The actual only true "Flippin" rod I have is a St Croix Mojo Bass model MBC711HMF and it never leaves the house. I used it a few times but its just such a long rod at 7'11" its impractical for me. It barely fits in my rod locker and it has to be in a certain place to do that. Oh its a stud if your man enough to use it.  lo

I actually don't flip in the true sense I Pitch like a rabid dog though. I'm almost always pitching a jig or a soft plastic. For me so far the best rod I have found for me is the Lews Custom Lite Series Magnum Pitchin' model LCLMPS. I just used it today for every fish I caught. And I was catchin today! The rod is a 7'4" one that seems to work very well at that length for what I do. Its got a great feel with the Winn Grip material and its pretty dang light over all at 5.3oz.. Its very easy to use for hours for me. I throw 3/8 to 7/8 oz lures and this rod works well for these weights.

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This winter I got a 7'4 Heavy Tatula Elite for flipping/pitching. I haven't been able to use it a whole lot yet, but I love it for the little I've been able to use it. Great backbone and seems pretty sensitive so far. I'll have a better idea how much I like it in a couple of months when the grass is grown.

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As I posted in the "other" thread, before I realized it was a Dobyns post, I have two faovrite rods for Flipping/Pitching.

Both are BPS Carbonlite 2 Heavy in a 7'6".  I used them for weights from 1/2 to 3/4 mostly but will use them up to 1 1/2 oz for really heavy mats.

I bought years ago a 8 ft Wright McGill (Skeete Reese) Pitching Stick and have used it enough to realize it's just to heavy in actual weight to make me want to use it. Feels like a Broom Stick. Like already mention, it was to long to get in and out of my Rod Box easy and for that reason I rarely used it. I have since cut it down to a 7ft 9" length and it fits better, yet unless it's really really thick I don't use it. Weights from 1-2 oz.

I Plan to purchase another Carbonlite 2 Rod for those Heavy Heavy Mats in a 7'9" and retire that Skeete Reese Rod for good.

For the Price at $120 and on sale as low as $80, they are hard to beat.
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I just bought a Cashion Icon Flipping stick here recently, haven't had a chance to fish it yet.  But messing with it in the yard it feels like a great rod so far, will update when I get to use it finally. 

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I'm with Deadeye, The BPS CARBONLITE is my rod of choice, MH 7 footer for pitching, I don't flip I prefer to stand off the target and there's not much in the way of cover other than grass between the docks and most all the docks I can easily pitch under. MH because I don't need to worry about a double digit bass up here. While I prefer cork the WYNNGRIPS are comfortable, like their reels BPS has stood up and raised the quality of their rods and they stand behind them.
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I have (2) LSCRs that I use for flippin & pitchin.  Both are 7ft  (H) & (MHX) graphite blanks; Extra Fast tip; Fuji next generation grip with extra threads cut; Fuji micro's with a next generation stripper; Forehand wrapped guides; Hand cut EVA handle; Balanced to reel specifications of a REVO SX Low Profile Bait Casting Reel with micro guides that are spiral wrapped on the blank.   The coloring is Gun Metal Grey / Black / OD Green with 1980's Army Camo Pattern.

I just recently purchased (2) Dobyns Fury Series FR735C Mag Hvy Fast Action Rods for Flippin & Pitchin.  I have them matched up with Abu Garcia REVO SX Low Profile Bait Casting Reels also.  I'm looking forward to getting them out on the water.
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Man I love to flip and pitch. The key that I've learned over the years is to not use too stiff of a rod. You want a rod that will load up on the hook set and keep the fish pegged instead of using a broom stick which will wallow out a big hole and increase the chance of the fish getting off.

Right now, both my flipping sticks are 2 different Powell 765, 7'6" in length with a nice tip that loads up really well.

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Man I love to flip and pitch. The key that I've learned over the years is to not use too stiff of a rod. You want a rod that will load up on the hook set and keep the fish pegged instead of using a broom stick which will wallow out a big hole and increase the chance of the fish getting off.

Right now, both my flipping sticks are 2 different Powell 765, 7'6" in length with a nice tip that loads up really well.

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The flippin sticks I build are just that.  MH to Heavy with a moderate tip.  It loads the hook like a progressive shock absorber.  Great hook penetration without the bone jarring stop on a big fish.

However, you will occasionally launch a small fish over the boat.

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I have an old Quantum Tour 7'6" Flipping stick in great condition. I bought it to fish dark and Tannic water.

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A few years ago I was looking to improve my Florida fishing in the thick stuff. I talked to a certain Canadian pro who has had tournament sucess on Okeechobee flipping and punching. He said he used a G Loomis IMX 954 7'11" Heavy, Fast.
Who was I to argue. I bought and have used it for last 5 years. I've pulled some nice fish out of thick mats. My success at keeping fish hooked speaks for itself.



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I have 3, one is a Megabass Levante (79 I believe), the other 2 are both BPS models. The MB is my favorite, due to its action, strength & length. One negative is the lack of a hook keeper on their rods, not a big deal; but for the price they should put one on. For the money though, the BPS models are really good rods. My all time favorite rods, were the old BPS green extreme models, the model before the current ones. Wish I would have bought 20 of them.

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I've got a few that I use depending on what job I'm trying to get done.

Dobyns Xtreme 745C (I like this one for bottom contact, heavier jigs)
Dobyns Champion 765FP (the broom stick)
GLoomis GLX 854JWR (my do all flipping rod)
GLoomis IMX Pro 863JWR (lighter duty t-rigs and finesse jigs rod)
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Got some time on my Tatula Elite this past weekend pitching a jig around. Im impressed. Tons of backbone. Tip feels pretty fast, but its a lot more sensitive than I was expecting. Cant wait for the grass to grow and do some punching and frogging with it.