Top 7 Best Flipping Rod Reviews (2021 Buyer’s Guide)

Bass fishing is probably the one of the most popular forms of fishing in America.

It has grown in popularity over the years, and has evolved to create a wide variety of techniques – one of which is flipping. 

To flip successfully, you will need a specific flipping rod and that’s how I can help. I may not be Scott Martin, but I have dedicated many years to fishing and I have decided to share my thoughts with you!

First let’s take a quick look at the best three rods from the lineup…

The Best from The Review 

Top Pick

Dobyns Rods Fury Series Casting Rod

You will be able to get your bait where it needs to be, have enough backbone to set the hook. Relatively affordable price for the quality

Dobyns Rods Fury Series Casting Rod

The all-round best flipping rod is the Dobyns Fury – you get top quality at a reasonable price.

The rod is durable, long-lasting, lightweight, and versatile for both flipping and non-flipping thanks to the length, power, and action.

Best Value

Lew’s Fishing American Hero Speed Stick Rod

It’s extra sensitivity and low weight make it an awesome choice, plus the quality for the low price is hard to pass up.

Lew’s Fishing American Hero Speed Stick Rod

If you are on a budget the best rod is the Lews Speed Stick as it is versatile, durable, and reliable. 

For an incredible price you get a rod that hits the nail on the head when it comes to the specifications and it can be used for other techniques too.

Editor’s Choice

G. Loomis E6X Flipping Bass Fishing Rod

A great rod to cast with, use with braid or mono, and every component from the guides and reel seat to the cork handle are top draw.

G. Loomis E6X Flipping Bass Fishing Rod

I think you can guess what my choice will be. I think the best flipping rod is the G. Loomis E6X. 

It is a combination of low weight with high power, with features that make it a rod that will perform better for longer compared to others.

It has all the specification needed, whilst able to be used across salt and freshwater.

Our Best Flipping Rods

Read on for a full review of my favorite flipping fishing rods, for an in-depth look at what could be your next piece of equipment…

Dobyns Rods Champion Series

For both salt and freshwater. It has the ideal power rating with a fast action so you can hook up and keep bass away from cover.

Dobyns Rods Champion Series

The Dobyns Champion Series Rods are top quality and come with quite a high price tag, but it is worth it. 

Build

The rods are one piece, made from top draw graphite blanks that deliver strength, power and sensitivity.

They are also light enough to give your arm a break on the long fishing days.

Guide and Reel Seat

Rods come built with kevlar wrapped tangle free guides that last, and a reel seat that makes sure your reel is not going anywhere mid cast. 

Power and Action

The below flipping setup chosen has the ideal power rating with a fast action so you can hook up and keep bass away from cover.

Length

It is also the ideal length for flipping baits effectively into the target zone.

This rod can be used for a variety of fishing in both salt and freshwater, so do not let the price tag put you off as it is more than worth the investment.

Specs

  • Model: 766FLIP
  • Power Rating: Heavy
  • Length: 7’6”
  • Line Weight: 14-30 lbs
  • Lure Weight: 3/8-2 1/2 oz.

Pros

  • Specs above stack up for the best flipping rod set up
  • Comes with tangle-free guides and a high-quality Fuji reel seat
  • Made from quality graphite with a kevlar wrap for strength and durability
  • Length does not spook bass in the shallows
  • Solid backbone for handling bass
  • Fast action tip ensures you can set the hook well

Cons

  • Expensive

KastKing Speed Demon

Incredibly good value. If you are looking for a versatile budget option then the Speed Demon is a good option.

KastKing Speed Demon

Kastking have made themselves a reputation for producing quality rods at affordable prices, – just look at any Kastking perigee and any of their perigee ii models – and they have done the same with the Speed Demon. 

These rods are incredibly good value, and if you are looking for a versatile budget option then the Speed Demon is one of the rods to choose.

Build

Made using a high modulus graphite blank, they are; tough, strong, powerful, sensitive and can handle either fresh or saltwater.

They come with quality guides and a solid reel seat that can handle pretty much anything you want to throw at them. 

Power and Action

The model chosen for flipping below comes with a heavy power and a fast action for making sure you hook up and keep control in the fight. 

Length

The length is a bit longer than the others in review at 8 feet, making flipping a little easier but it does make the rod quite heavy – You may get quite tired using this rod all day long. 

The one major negative to this rod is where the hook holder is.

For some reason it is exactly where you hold the rod and it digs in while you are fishing, making it uncomfortable to use. 

If you do want this rod, I would recommend cutting the hook holder off entirely.

Specs

  • Model: KKR-SDB-1C8L
  • Power Rating: Heavy
  • Length: 8
  • Line Weight: 15-30 lbs
  • Lure Weight: ⅜ – 2 oz
  • Action: Fast

Pros

  • Made from high-quality modulus graphite blank
  • Great price for the quality
  • Comes with high-quality Fuji guides and a Fuji reel seat
  • Features great strength, length, and backbone for bass fishing
  • Casts well and feels nice in the hand
  • Awesome length for effective flipping

Cons

  • The hook holder digs into your hand
  • Heavy – may get tired of using it

SHIMANO Curado Casting Rod

The model below is an ideal rig with all the right specs for being able to flip effectively.

SHIMANO Curado Casting Rod

Shimano has been around for many years and are known to be one of the best rods and reels makers. 

Their products are not cheap though, but the high prices are deserving of the design and quality that ends up in your hands.

Build

The Curado is made from a unique carbon blank with the addition of Nanoresin to give it extra sensitivity and to help it transfer power through the rod more efficiently. The power transfer is not so useful for flipping, but it will increase your casting distance with other techniques.

The rod comes with top of the line guides, reel seat and a super comfy ergonomic handle that isn’t going anywhere no matter how much fish slime you have on your hands. 

Model

The model below is an ideal flipping rig with all the right specs for being able to flip effectively.

It is known to be quite heavy and stiff compared to KastKing Perigee and other Perigee II rods, so beginners may find it hard to fish other techniques outside of flipping with it. 

The weight may also end up causing your arm to get tired on a long day.

Specs

  • Model: Fluoro flip
  • Power Rating: Heavy
  • Length: 7’6”
  • Line Weight: 15-30 lbs
  • Lure Weight: 1/2oz.-1 1/2oz
  • Action: Fast

Pros

  • Comes with light high-quality Fuji guides and reel seat
  • Unique carbon blank with Nano-resin, awesome to cast with and is really sensitive
  • The power and action are ideal for bass fishing
  • Enough backbone and strength to hook up and bass away from cover
  • The ergonomic cork handle is a pleasure to fish with

Cons

  • A little expensive but It is worth it for the quality of the ro
  • Might be a little heavy and stiff

Best Value

Lew’s Fishing American Hero Speed Stick Rod

It’s extra sensitivity and low weight make it an awesome choice, plus the quality for the low price is hard to pass up.

Lew’s Fishing American Hero Speed Stick Rod

The Lews Fishing American Hero Speed Stick is a part of the rods for veterans. 

If you buy the Lews Fishing Speed Stick, some of the profits go to helping veterans who have served and protected the US – an awesome cause. 

Lews as a manufacturer are well known and reliable.

They create great fishing rods, and this stick is no different. 

Build

It is made using an IM & graphite blank that delivers: strength, power, durability and sensitivity while being lightweight.

You also get some of the best stainless guides with this rod that are not going to bend or have the inserts pop out. 

Sensitivity and Weight

The model below is great for flipping with all the right specs to get your flip on successfully.

It’s extra sensitivity and low weight make it an awesome choice, plus the quality for the low price is hard to pass up. 

The rod doesn’t quite feel as balanced as it should be, and you may need to add some weight to the butt end to get the feeling you want from it.

It is also a little stiff for some and a beginner may struggle to cast with it effectively.

Specs

  • Model: AH76HC
  • Power Rating: Heavy
  • Length: 7’6”
  • Line Weight: 20-40 lbs
  • Lure Weight: ½ – 2oz.
  • Action: Fast

Pros

  • Made from premium IM7 one-piece graphite blanks
  • Comes with high-quality stainless-steel guides and inserts
  • A portion of the profits goes to veterans
  • Awesome price for the quality of the rod
  • Ideal set-up for a bass fishing flippin rod – great power, action, length, and backbone
  • Nice sensitive tip for feeling every bite
  • Lightweight rod for long fatigue-less fishing days

Cons

  • The rod is not as well balanced as it could be
  • It is pretty stiff, ideal for flipping and pitching but not so good for all techniques

Top Pick

Dobyns Rods Fury Series Casting Rod

You will be able to get your bait where it needs to be, have enough backbone to set the hook. Relatively affordable price for the quality

Dobyns Rods Fury Series Casting Rod

Another rod from Doyns, the Fury series is a little bit more wallet friendly than the Champion but still retains the high-quality Dobyns is known for. 

The Fury series rods are a versatile set of rods that can be used for multiple techniques.

Build

Made from a high modulus graphite blank, each rod has great durability, sensitivity, power, and action while being lightweight.

You will be able to fish with this rod all day long without the risk of fatigue compared to a perigee ii. 

Reel Seat and Handle

The reel seat on the rod is excellent and the guides are kevlar wrapped to ensure neither they nor the inserts go anywhere. 

The cork handles are made with premium AA rated Portuguese cork and are comfy enough to handle all day. 

The model below is ideal for an effective flip.

You will be able to get your bait where it needs to be, have enough backbone to set the hook, and guide your fish away from any snags during the fight. 

Price

Another thing about this rod is the relatively affordable price for the quality, it is certainly worth a bit more in my eyes. 

The only thing about this rod that could get to you is that the butt section is a little short for some people.

This may affect your casting, but you should be fine in the end, and it makes no difference to flipping.

Specs

  • Model: Flipping Rod
  • Power Rating: Medium-heavy
  • Length Weight: 7’6”
  • Line: 12-25 lbs
  • Lure Weight: 1/4-2 oz
  • Action: Fast

Pros

  • Rod has great sensitivity, power, and strength
  • Made from a high modulus graphite blank for max durability
  • A great rod to cast with and has some solid backbone
  • Pretty light for all-day casting
  • Versatile for doing more than just flipping and pitching
  • Awesome value for a rod of this quality

Cons

  • Short Rod Butt

Abu Garcia Vengeance Casting Rod

Made from a 24-ton carbon blank that is incredibly strong and durable, while remaining light.

Abu Garcia Vengeance Casting Rod

No rod review would ever be complete without an Abu Garcia in the line-up.

Abu Garcia has made a global name for themselves amongst the fishing industry and continues to send out awesome rods and reels.

They are the Scott Martin of rods. 

Build

The Vengeance is made from a 24-ton carbon blank that is incredibly strong and durable, while remaining light for addicts who like to fish tirelessly all day, like me. 

The blank balances the rod beautifully and will give you some extra casting distance for when you are not flipping.

Guides and Reel Seat

It comes with top quality guides, a durable reel seat, comfy handle and a clever hook holder that can be used for any kind of lure. 

It is important to note that the reel seat does tend to loosen on its own which can get quite annoying.

You will have to constantly check and tighten it to avoid a catastrophe like the reel falling in the water while you are fighting a fish. 

Length

The model chosen below has all the right specs for flipping but it is a little shorter than the others by 0.5-1 foot.

This means you might have to sneak up on the fishing area or sacrifice some flipping distance, so be aware of that.

Specs

  • Model: VENGC70-6
  • Power Rating: Medium-heavy
  • Length: 7’
  • Line Weight: 12-20 lbs
  • Lure Weight: 3/8-1 oz
  • Action: Fast

Pros

  • Made from a 24 ton carbon blank for durability and strength
  • Comes with a hook keeper for not one but all applications
  • Can be used for a few types of fishing
  • Comes with excellent stainless guides with titanium inserts for durability
  • High Quality and Low Price

Cons

  • The reel seat can become loose
  • A shorter rod compared to others

Editor’s Choice

G. Loomis E6X Flipping Bass Fishing Rod

A great rod to cast with, use with braid or mono, and every component from the guides and reel seat to the cork handle are top draw.

G. Loomis E6X Flipping Bass Fishing Rod

As you can probably tell, I have a soft spot for G Loomis and whether I’m spinning or fly fishing, they are my go-to rods as they are some of the best flipping rods available.

They have some of the most loyal following in the fishing world and that is because their rods are amazing.

You will struggle to break them, and each is designed to be the best for purpose

Build

The blank of the E6X is made from carbon fibre. G. Loomis takes the blank and puts it on their own homemade rolling table to create an exceptionally strong and light rod.

They use their own multi-taper design that lets them use less material while strengthening all possible breaking points.

Features

You end up with an incredibly light and super strong rod that is sensitive to fish with.

It is a great rod to cast with, use with braid or mono, and every component from the guides and reel seat to the cork handle are top draw. 

Power

The model below has one of the best flipping rigs, and you get to have a heavy power rating without the extra weight that comes with it thanks to the design.

This means any big bass do not have a chance of getting to cover once you hook them with this rod. 

The only downside is that this rod is expensive, but you will love it and most likely have it forever.

Specs

  • Model: E6X 904C FSR
  • Power Rating: Heavy
  • Length: 7’6”
  • Line Weight: 12-25 lbs
  • Lure Weight: 1/4-1 ¼ oz
  • Action: Fast

Pros

  • Unique multi-taper design makes rod light but strong
  • Amazing power, sensitivity, and strength
  • Light for fatigue-less long fishing days
  • Enough backbone for punching hooks
  • Excellent build quality
  • Perfect balance and castability

Cons

  • Expensive

What Is Flipping? 

Flipping is a technique used to fish shallow areas near the bank that is often full of cover such as weeds – this is known as pitching water – and is where bass tend to hang out.

Lure on a Weedy Part of Water
Lure on a Weedy Part of Water

Here you cannot cast, you will be best flipping instead. 

How to Complete a Flip Cast

  1. To complete a cast you will want a flipping rod length of line out, with a lure hanging off the end of your rod.
  2. Then pull some line off the reel and hold it between the reel and the first guide – kind of like making a bow. 
  3. Once ready to go, swing your lure towards your target area back, and forth once.
  4. Then when its momentum is heading to your chosen spot, let the lure continue, and slowly let the line out of your hand. 
  5. The line in your hand should be all gone, and now running directly from the reel to the rod. That’s flipping, it is as simple as that!
  6. To flip again do not reel in any line, instead pull the line to make a bow again and then repeat.
  7. Once your bait is in the chosen area gently twitch it and keep it shallow so as not to get snagged, and wait for a bass to pounce. 

What Is A Flipping Rod? 

A flipping rod is a normal casting or spinning rod that has a specific length, power, and action to get the job done properly.

It is not a special flipping rod that is any different from a normal spinning, or casting rod you may have used before. 

Can A Beginner Use a Flipping Rod?

Yes, you do not have to be a professional fisher like Scott Martin.

A beginner can use a flipping rod and should have no problem getting used to it. In fact, flipping is a little easier compared to calculating the timings for casting a long distance. 

Man Fishing at a River
Man Fishing at a River

Summing Up

Here’s a quick review of the top three rods…

There isn’t a bad rod in this review, they will all flip well and work for other techniques. The choice is yours. 

For anyone looking for a reliable great all-rounder, the Dobyns Fury is a winner. 

You get a quality design and build along with all the features of a rod that has your back, and will do for a long time. 

If you do not want to spend much but want a rod that does the basics well and will last, cast your eyes to the Lews Speed Stick – a great combination of affordability and durability with all the specs you need for flipping.

Anyone who is simply looking for the best, then the G. Loomis E6X is the place to be. The design, build, low weight and performance simply can’t be beaten

Lance Wilkins
Lance Wilkins
Editor @ CallOutdoors. Outdoor gear-head and adventure addict. I fish, camp and enjoy to writing about my adventures.

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Lance Wilkins
Lance Wilkins
Editor @ CallOutdoors. Outdoor gear-head and adventure addict. I fish, camp and enjoy to writing about my adventures.