Frog Rods specific to the delta

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Frog Rods specific to the delta

Postby Shecomeoff » Sun Jun 27, 2021 2:17 pm

Alright men,

Want to know your specific favorite frog rods and setups for the California delta... I have used quite a few frog rods over the years, and have a few favorites, but am definitely open to feedback! Keep in mind, I’m shorter, only 5’10”...

I’ve always liked the old Powell Diesel 765 MH Extra Fast, it has great backbone and a soft tip to walk the frog in open water. Have been recently playing with the Dobyns Champion XP 734 and 735 in both full handle and split grip. I like both because I’m much more accurate in casting,and can walk the frog even better, just concerned if I hook a grown one in really heavy cover.

I’d love to hear any thoughts! Tight lines!!!

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Re: Frog Rods specific to the delta

Postby Jim Wilson » Sun Jun 27, 2021 3:45 pm

I have used the Dobyns Champion XP 735 and XP 764. Prefer the XP 764 as it gives me leverage when I hook them in the slop.
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Re: Frog Rods specific to the delta

Postby nate50 » Sun Jun 27, 2021 4:01 pm

I use the shimano expride 7’3 xheavy. I’m 5’11 i can’t twitch the rod pointed down or it’ll touch the water but I can point the rod at like 7 o’clock and work the frog perfectly. I like the expride cause it’s super light so I don’t get tired froggin all day. It has plenty of horse power to rip them through the junk.

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Re: Frog Rods specific to the delta

Postby Gary Dobyns » Mon Jun 28, 2021 4:28 am

We have tons of guys using the Champion 735C for frogging and it's very versatile for many Delta techniques. But, we also have tons of guys using the Champ 736C and in my opinion it's the best frog rod ever made. If you'll look around at the tournament boats on Delta you'll see this rod many times. It's not as versatile as the 735C but it's a powerhouse frog rod. Also great pitching stick and I throw Whopper Ploppers on it as well. You're height is not an issue either and this is a big misconception with height verse rod length. The only time this is a factor is when you're working a rod straight down. I could give you a list of guys in 5'8" range that all throw the 736C on the Delta for frogs. You might have to change your posting name if you get the 736 C :) :) Good Luck Fishin!!!!

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Re: Frog Rods specific to the delta

Postby 185vsfrog » Mon Jun 28, 2021 1:00 pm

Dobyns 735c champion is an awesome, versatile rod. The rod can also double for a chatter rod on the delta. Has a light enough tip and great backbone.

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Re: Frog Rods specific to the delta

Postby Shecomeoff » Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:23 pm

Jim Wilson wrote:I have used the Dobyns Champion XP 735 and XP 764. Prefer the XP 764 as it gives me leverage when I hook them in the slop.


Thanks Jim!

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Re: Frog Rods specific to the delta

Postby Shecomeoff » Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:26 pm

nate50 wrote:I use the shimano expride 7’3 xheavy. I’m 5’11 i can’t twitch the rod pointed down or it’ll touch the water but I can point the rod at like 7 o’clock and work the frog perfectly. I like the expride cause it’s super light so I don’t get tired froggin all day. It has plenty of horse power to rip them through the junk.


Everyone I’ve talked to loves the expride line! Been trying to get one for awhile, but they’re always out of stock, lol.

Thanks Nate!

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Re: Frog Rods specific to the delta

Postby Shecomeoff » Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:31 pm

Gary Dobyns wrote:We have tons of guys using the Champion 735C for frogging and it's very versatile for many Delta techniques. But, we also have tons of guys using the Champ 736C and in my opinion it's the best frog rod ever made. If you'll look around at the tournament boats on Delta you'll see this rod many times. It's not as versatile as the 735C but it's a powerhouse frog rod. Also great pitching stick and I throw Whopper Ploppers on it as well. You're height is not an issue either and this is a big misconception with height verse rod length. The only time this is a factor is when you're working a rod straight down. I could give you a list of guys in 5'8" range that all throw the 736C on the Delta for frogs. You might have to change your posting name if you get the 736 C :) :) Good Luck Fishin!!!!


Great input Gary, I appreciate it! Guess I’ll be picking up a 736c.

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Re: Frog Rods specific to the delta

Postby Shecomeoff » Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:33 pm

185vsfrog wrote:Dobyns 735c champion is an awesome, versatile rod. The rod can also double for a chatter rod on the delta. Has a light enough tip and great backbone.


I agree brother, cheers!

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Re: Frog Rods specific to the delta

Postby jscarbr1 » Tue Jun 29, 2021 12:07 am

7'3" XH Expride.

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Re: Frog Rods specific to the delta

Postby LookoutRanch » Tue Jun 29, 2021 6:55 am

I hate to be a broken record but after trying several rods I’ve found the Dobyns XP 735 is the backbone of my rod locker for frogging. Although this year I added 2 FR736’s and so far they are the hit sticks that they are intended to be. I couldn’t be happier with them and plan on buying another one for my son. Don’t forget get a reel with a heavy drag and high gear ratio.
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