4. KISTLER Z BONE

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

• Price: $520–$590

There’s no ques­tion that Kistler’s new Z Bone is one of the most ad­vanced fish­ing rods on the mar­ket. Only a hand­ful of man­u­fac­tur­ers have dared to cre­ate a super-high-end stick, and Kistler is now among them. The first thing that im­pressed every tester was the weight of the rod. It was light as a feather at 3 ounces. The Z Bone de­mol­ished our tests for cast­ing and ac­cu­racy in our field eval­u­a­tion. The top-of-the-line guide train fea­tures Fuji Torzite rings in ti­ta­nium frames that han­dled braided line flaw­lessly. The only knock on the Z Bone was price, be­cause it’s still hard to jus­tify spend­ing more than $500 on a fresh­wa­ter rod.

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