I like two different rods
7'6 medium heavy st croix legend bass tournament with a medium fast tip. It's great for small to medium size plastics. The soft tip makes flipping and pitching easier.
7'11 medium heavy Cashion rod , fast tip for medium to xl plastics or anytime you are in heavy stuff. The added length helps with leverage on the fish if he is away from you and buried down.
If you prefer other brands try to find one with the same characteristics. Sensativity on both these rods are excellent especially the Cashion.
Definitely check out Denali. You can find them with reviews on tackle warehouse. I have both jadewoods and rosewood flippin sticks and love them both, great rods by great people with a good warranty. And just a heads up, they are releasing a new line of rods at icast called the Kovert series, which consist of several specific technique rods and one will be a flippin stick, I believe the price is somewhere around $150. Hope this helps.
I have a custom 7'6" rod but I have gone back to 7' Heavy rods. My Falcon Cara's are hard to beat especially when you are flippin/pitchin all day. Light and very powerful. I really like their full cork handle.
ALX rods. Alex builds one heck of a flipping stick. You can get the normal build or go custom. I have been changing over to his stuff and have had most every brand out there and for the price and actions his is really been the best. Cranking / flipping / GP rods / shakey rigs /etc. www.alxrods.com
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I also forgot to ask, are you really flipping, or pitching, or is it going to be an open water jig rod. Depending on the conditions, it would change the recommendation on the action. If it's fishing in short distances and in close quarters, the moderate-fast is what I'd recommend, Castaway, Hydra, Batson, and number of others have very good offerings in this area.
Alex of ALX rods has some good production rods on the hyrda blank, and he can build you a custom if you do not want one of his production rods, plus he is a board sponsor. If you have a builder close by, you may be able to save some money on shipping.
There is a lot of good custom builders out there and for that price, I think you could get a nice rod, e.g., snake skin, custom turned grips, etc. The only thing I would recommend is try to look at their work beforehand. I tell my customers what their blank is, but I've seen some guys set up at out outdoor shows selling $220 basic build rods on $25 dollar blanks and having poor finish work.
I use Falcon Caras. I've tried lots of high end rods but there is just something about the feel of a Cara that I just love. If you want a awesome rod buy a 7' 4" Mike McClelland Cara. Its great for flipping and deep jigs. Its also IMO the perfect frog rod.
Have a 7'-11' Airrus X-heavy rod. The tip is excellent for pitchin or plipping, and the rest of the rod is a brute. When flipping mats, either the fish is coming out, or his lips. It's the older Co-Matrix rod, but they make a newer Co-matrix rod now. I have 4 or 5 other flipping rods and brands, but this one is tops...about 160 bucks.