Accuracy and fishing vertical: Positioning lures is an easy task
once you have the motions down with this rod. Flipping and pitching takes a long
time to master, and anglers often become frustrated with snags. Avoiding snags
is near impossible since the best target areas for the application are usually
the most dangerous. You can keep snags to a minimum by keeping your lure from
being pulled through structure. This requires accurate casting into your target
area and withdrawing the lure up and out of the zone rather then in a straight
line horizontally back to you. The KDFPS76 is designed perfectly for this
practice. The length of the rod at 7'6" allows you to reach out and up easier
then shorter rods. In addition the stiff backbone of the rod allows you to drop
and pull jigs vertically with ease.
I catch the majority of fish with flip and
pitch techniques as the lure is falling rather then retrieving, and rather then
retrieve the lure slowly I found that I could use the KDFPS76 to heft the jig
vertically out of
structure thanks to the length and stiffness of the rod.
wrapped and coated each guide is designed to bear thick line and heavy loads
Power: Kistler rods are among the strongest on the market and have
earned a reputation for sporting a great deal of power when it comes time to
fight big fish. The KDFPS76 can bear huge loads on its stiff and powerful blank.
The rod is rated for 12-20lb line, but I would be comfortable running even 25lb
test on this rod. The lower section of the rod is reinforced graphite which
flex at all, creating a base with a true rigid foundation, adding to the fighting
power of this rod. All guides are threaded with great detail, and the entire
blank is coated with thick gloss to prevent the possibility of nicking the
graphite blank. While all of this may seem excessive for the average bass, you
will praise the KDFPS76's fighting power when you need to tow a lunker out of
vegetation before he turns on you and heads for deeper cover.
innovative Kistler hook hanger is probably the easiest and quickest hook
hanger we have ever tested
Kistler adds a couple innovations and features to the
KDFPS76 that set it apart from competitor
offerings, these include:
1) Modified Hook hanger:
sports a unique hook hanger that is so simple yet works very well. The hook
hanger is actually on top of the rod by the reel seat and bent over so that when
stowing lures on the rod you don't ever have to thread a hook through the
hanger. Instead the hanger is bent so tension of the line is enough to hold the
hook securely. In addition the hanger holds the lure firmly flat against the rod
preventing it from moving and scratching the graphite.
2) Contoured Cork Handle:
Flipping and pitching requires great control and can be tiring on your hands
when you are tossing huge jigs. To increase comfort the
KDFPS76 features a contoured cork handle that is
slimmer at the base and wider below the reel seat. This design is ergonomically
sound, and feels natural in your palm.
3) Modified reel seat: As mentioned earlier
in this review, the KDFPS76 features a modified reel seat removing the
unnecessary cork grip on top the reel seat so that subtle vibrations transfer
better directly through the blank.
accuracy allows anglers to pitch into tight target areas with confidence
Kistler has designed a well thought out package with the
KDFPS76, and thanks to a good balance of control,
power, and sensitivity there are a number of "Pitch and Flip" techniques that
the KDFPS76 perform very well.
1) Fearless Pitching: When fishing rods with less
backbone many anglers are more hesitant to toss jigs into heavy cover. Thus
limiting their fishing to the outskirts and just hitting the fringe of the best
zones. Many would agree that where there are snags there are fish, and with the
strength of the KDFPS76 it is possible to pull free of all but the most stubborn
of snags, making it possible to target zones where the fish are most likely
to be holding.
2) Sensitive Jigging: Most anglers will agree that
the majority of fish caught while pitching and flipping is on the drop...but
that doesn't mean that you can't catch fish on the bottom. The KDFPS76 is
sensitive enough so that you can feel exactly when your jig comes in contact
with the bottom. At this point rather then pulling out and preparing for the
next pitch you can allow the jig to rest for a second or two...then begin
jigging it slightly up and down to create commotion on the lake floor, allowing
it to rest every few seconds. This jigging action sometimes draws the attention
of fish and entices what I consider to be bonus strikes. With the KDFPS76 you
will be sure to feel ticks and a sometimes subsequent tugs, as the fish strike.
KDFPS76 Ratings (?/10)
Kistler's IM7 graphite and overall
construction are very good. The Lamiglas blank is very stiff and offers good
The performance of this rod was excellent.
Even with big fish in heavy cover...this rod has the muscle to pull them out
This is in all respects a premium, application
specific, rod at a impressive price
The use of all high quality Fuji components
and innovative features increase the usability and value of Kistler's
Great contoured cork that makes extended
Built application specific...this rod is a
great example of everything done right for a solid flip and pitch solution
Pluses and Minuses:
attention to detail, great use of high quality Fuji components
As with all application specific rods...this
rod excels in one category (not good for anglers that require flexibility in
Extending design, can fit into normal rod
Not for tossing small plastics, large lures
work far better
More strength then superman
Sensitivity surprisingly good
Conclusion: The Kistler KDFPS76 is a fully featured rod that is a great
example of what to look for in a rod designed for the sole purpose of pitching
and flipping. While the art of pitching and flipping takes a long time to
master, it is a lot easier to become proficient at this proven technique armed
with the KDFPS76. The KDFPS76 has a great balance of features, sensitivity,
accuracy, and power at a price that
is more then
20-30% lower then competitor rods of comparable quality and design. If
you are in the market for a pitch and flip rod the KDFPS76 is a great choice.
You would be hard pressed to find a similar rod with the same quality and
features for such a reasonable price, and it is for this reason that the Kistler
KDFPS76 was an easy choice for our Best Value Award!
Until next time....Tight Lines!