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ICAST 2016 Coverage


They Hybrid Tech Fueling Kistler's Feel n Reel Rod Series

 

Date: 7/16/16
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Kistler Custom Rods
Reviewer: Cal








Introduction:
How do you breathe new life into an already top selling rod line? If you're Kistler Custom Rods, you introduce a subset of composite blank sticks that answer the call of anglers wanting the versatility of a moving bait stick with the power of a traditional worm and jig rod. Introducing the "Feel and Reel" S2 KLX rods by Kistler.

 


Feel and Reel is the new slogan behind Kistler's new KLX Composite lineup.

 


These sticks have the same look and feel of the traditional KLX.

 

Feel and Reel: Moving baits have been a mainstay in bass angling for decades. Who doesn't like to catch bass on spinnerbaits, crankbaits or similar reaction bite baits? Kistler theorizes that recent innovations leading to increasingly fast tapers on rods, fishing lines with less and less stretch, and reels that pick up more and more line with each turn of the handle are actually making it more difficult to hook and keep fish buttoned all the way to the boat.

 


Meaning a split rear grip made of cork.

 


Capped by an EVA butt end.

 

To combat this dilemma, the company has worked on a hybrid blank technology that creates softer tips and slower tapers all while delivering similar weight and sensitivity to full graphite rods. The result? An S2 glass and T800 graphite hybrid blank developed in partnership with North Fork Composites that is the basis of their new K2 Feel and Reel moving bait sticks.

 

Casting Rod Specifications

Model
Power
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
KLXFNR67M
Medium
6'-7"
1/16-3/8
6-12
$249
KLXFNR610M
Medium
6'-10"
1/16-3/8
6-12
$249
KLXFNR71M
Medium
7'-1"
1/16-3/8
6-12
$249
KLXFNR75M
Medium
7'-5"
1/16-3/8
6-12
$249
KLXFNR68MH
Med-Hvy
6'-8"
1/4-1
10-16
$249
KLXFNR611MH
Med-Hvy
6'-11"
1/4-1
10-16
$249
KLXFNR72MH
Med-Hvy
7'-2"
1/4-1
10-16
$249
KLXFNR77MH
Med-Hvy
7'-7"
1/4-1
10-16
$269
KLXFNR711MH
Med-Hvy
7'-11"
1/4-1
10-16
$289
KLXFNR70H
Heavy
7'-0"
3/8-2
15-20
$259
KLXFNR73H
Heavy
7'-3"
3/8-2
15-20
$259
KLXFNR76H
Heavy
7'-6"
3/8-2
15-20
$269
KLXFNR710H
Heavy
7'-10"
3/8-2
15-20
$279


The Soft Touch reel hood is now common amongst Kistler rods.


As is the relatively new Kigan hook keeper.

Spinning Rod Specifications

Model
Applications
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
KLXFNRS611MS
Medium
6'-11"
1/16-7/16
6-12
$249
KLXFNRS71MHS
Med-Hvy
7'-1"
1/4-1
10-16
$249

There are 15 rod models in all ranging from six foot seven (6'-7") in length on up to seven feet eleven inches(7'-11") with powers ranging from medium up to heavy. All the rods are rated with a moderate taper and range in price from $249 - $279 depending on the model. KLX rods are protected by Kistler's 3 year VIP Pro Warranty. Please visit the manufacturer's website for more information regarding this coverage.


This is where the S2 glass material meshes with the T800 graphite.


The tip top is pure S2 glass.


Thank you Trey Kistler for giving us a closer look at the KLX Feel and Reel composite stick series.  

 

Conclusion: It's been a long time since Kistler Rods had a booth at ICAST so we were both surprised and happy to see them there. It's always great catching up with manufacturers who understand and appreciate the our approach and Trey Kistler has been with us since the very beginning. Thanks Trey for showing us your new Feel and Reel Series. We look forward to checking them out on the water in 2017!





 

 

 

 

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