All New KLX Rods

KLX Kistler Rod

Magnolia, TX. Kistler Custom Fishing Rods announces a collaborative effort with North Fork Composites LLC and its master rod blank legend Gary Loomis. The all-new KLX offers avid anglers the first American made, technique specific rods to feature legendary Kistler quality at blue-collar pricing.

The handcrafted KLX (an acronym the “Kistler-Loomis Xperience”) build is anchored by a T800 Hybrid High-Modulus blank cooked up by Gary Loomis, exclusively for the KLX project. Loomis’ goal was a light and nimble handling blank; yet one which retains the sensitivity that set Loomis blanks apart from the crowded field.

While other manufacturers make over-the-top claims of “super-sensitivity”—the KLX has an uncanny ability to transmit feel, as if it’s an extension of your fingertips. KLX Project Director Trey Kistler, “The sensitivity of the KLX is achieved by combining Gary’s revolutionary blank, the most advanced components and Kistler’s technique-specific build configurations. We have a rod that brings much of the experience of our $500+ custom Z-Bones to a price that anyone can afford, and it’s made in America. We felt we owed that to our loyal customers. It’s difficult to put into words just how much sensitivity Gary baked into this blank, you just have to experience it”

Top-shelf accoutrements abound on the KLX. Fuji’s K-Style Tangle-Free Micro Guides provide fuss-free casting even when tossing the most unruly of braids and superlines. The guide frames are über-tough, crafted of 304 stainless-steel with rock-hard Alconite inserts; offering rough-and-tumble fishermen a guide train second to none. Kistler, “Our Fuji guide train provides perfect flexure along the entire blank culminating with our rugged tip. This means the blank works as designed, not just at the tip, mid-section or the butt section.”

A modified Fuji ECSM 16 blank-exposed reel seat lashes reels tightly, affording user caccess to the blank for monitoring baits. An EVA foam screw down hood covers the forward reel seat threads rendering it seamless and comfortable. The handle is adorned with super-dense, Portuguese Grade-A natural cork, which transmits vibration from the blank to the user with uncanny efficiency. The exotic, ergonomically shaped cork is a great grab; comfortable for all-day assignments out on the water. An EVA butt cap will be welcomed by those who center the butt in their midsection when hauling big fish or during extended cranking sessions.

A bevy of custom, technique specific rods are available—each extensively field-tested until the rod performs in perfect concert with its user. And of course you can count on Kistler’s storied quality. Trey Kistler, ” The KLX isn’t an over-priced, mass produced, cookie-cutter rod kludged together in some crowded overseas factory by just anyone off the streets. Our KLX’s are hand-built; each with old world craftsmanship by rod smiths with tons of experience fashioning the best rods in the world. “

The KLX lineup includes the perfect rod for anyone who’s passion for fishing runs from flipping to cranking. Coming the Spring of 2013: Professional Signature series models by Alton Jones, Mark Rose and Jay Yelas. Pricing ranges from $149 to $179. KLX rods are a factory-to-customer direct only line at this time. For more information, hook-up with Kistler and your new KLX at or give them a shout at (281) 259-8033.

At Kistler Custom Fishing Rods, we strive to build the highest quality custom fishing rods on the market.

At Kistler, we are committed to being the standard bearer for the fishing rod manufacturing industry. No matter your budget or style of fishing, you will find each Kistler rod is handcrafted with pride by American craftsmen right here in the United States of America. Our rod builders are dedicated to old-world craftsmanship, innovation and excellence. All our models are first field tested by some of the greatest Pro Anglers in the business today. But our greatest joy is to hear from customers just like you tell about how their personal Kistler rod made their fishing experience the best ever. At Kistler, we say take pride in saying,

“Kistler rods—fishing never felt so good!”

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