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mdtolic
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:30 AM 03/05/08 (CST)
A few years ago I got more serious about fishing, ditched my old equipment and started rebuilding with quality components. I currently have one spinning rig that I use for Senkos and the like (texas rigged and wacky) and a solid, round baitcaster paired with a 6'6" MH Fenwick rod. It's what I use for everything else. I'm thinking of adding another rod & reel this season. I believe (tell me if I'm wrong) that the Pflueger/Fenwick would be well suited for crankbaits. The new reel would be a low-profile baitcaster. I don't use jigs much now, or flip/pitch, but I'd like to learn. So I think my next rod should be at least 7". But what about the rest? I see things like "fast tip", but I never hear "slow tip". I see "parabolic", but what's the opposite? I know you want a "heavy" rod for fishing cover, but I'm not pulling 15lb bass out of the little Metro lakes I fish.(Not yet, at least) Is 75 Million modulus that much better than 50 million modulus? What's modulus, for that matter?

I also know you get what you pay for, but I'm not spending over $200. I'd like $99-130. I'd probably pair it with a Pflueger Summit or the new Patriarch. I'd like to use it for jigs and finesse plastics, but be able to handle other baits if it's the only rod I take out that day. Is that asking to much? What do folks recommend? I was thinking I'd go with another Fenwick, but maybe I should keep my options open. Thanks
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:05 PM 03/05/08 (CST)
I myself am a Kistler Custom Fishing man. Before you say...way too much to spend, I have a few reasonably priced options for you. They are going to be a better rod, more sensitive and lighter than many. They also have a great warranty on them.

For a starter Kistler Crankbait rod, try http://www.kistlerrods.com/p/KR/c-fr-crankbait-fishing-rods/KCBS66.html

For a nice basic Kistler rod for Senkos, http://www.kistlerrods.com/p/KR/c-fr-worm-fishing-jig-rods/KSS610.html

For a great frog and slop stick, try this one.http://www.kistlerrods.com/p/KR/c-fr-topwater-fishing-rods/KFGS73.html

For $139, these will get you into a pretty nice set up.

If you are looking for a step up, the Magnesium series is pretty awesome. And then there is also the Helium Series Rods! smile smiley

I have several of these, some magnesiums and some Heliums.

I used to fish many other brands, but Trey has a great team working at Kistler and they make some great rods. Plus they stand behind them very good. I also think a quality rod makes a huge difference.

Just this bassheads opinion... wink smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:53 AM 03/06/08 (CST)
Huh. I only know Kistler by name, but they're always talked about very well. I also thought they were $300. Glad to see they have some moderately priced rods.

A long time ago, I might have even been in High School, a guy in a bait shop told me that your rod is just as important, if not more important, than your reel. Reels have changed quite a bit since then, I guess rods have too, but I've always remembered what he said. I just didn't have such a large, and confusing, amount of rods to choose from back then.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:32 PM 03/06/08 (CST)
You are absolutely correct...the rod is a very important tool in angling, and all too often under estimated.

As far as the price, they have several lines as varied prices. The Helium series which is pretty awesome are the higher cost rods, but they have many priced at $139, 149, 179, etc.

As far as the name "Kistler", it will become more commonly known. It was started about 9 or ten years ago by Trey Kistler. Family run business, and they have really done some great things in fishing and the community.

Also, Alton Jones who is a Kistler Pro just won the Bassmaster Classic. So watch out, here they come!

Good luck!




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