Testimonials

Testimonials

If you’ve bought an Elite Rod or fished with one that belonged to someone else, your testimony and or feedback is appreciated. E-mail me with the subject Testimony so I know I have your permission to share.

“I’ve used almost every brand of rods on the bass market during the course of my career and over 30 years of fishing experience. In 2015, I realized that Elite Rods are without a doubt the best-quality, most consistent, and best warrantied product on the market. It became obvious to me that moving to Elite Rods was necessary, not optional. Dan is one of the finest rod-builders in the world and stands by his work. Elite Rods are light, sensitive, and durable – all of the qualities other brands claim to be, but they simply aren’t Elite.”

Todd Hollowell, FLW Tour Pro (Indianapolis, IN)   ToddHollowell.com

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I just wanted to tell you that the Deposit Rod you custom made for 2K jigs is the best rod I have ever used. I have many store bought rods and never knew what a custom Rod felt like. After using it I am sold. The Rod compliments the Deposit swim jig very well and hook sets are fantastic. I have also used it for flipping jigs and it performed just as good. I am planning on thinning out my assortment of other brands and will most definitely be purchasing another Elite Rod. Your Rod sleeves are top notch as well. Thank you again for such amazing products.

– Bill Fitzwater

Thanks Bill, The Deposit rod mentioned is sold thru Kustom Kicker. Click here  2K Jigs img_20160918_173356856

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I just wanted to touch base with you. Greg and I fished that MWC tourney last week and placed 5th overall. There were 115 teams from all over and I must say the rod we bought from you played a big role in our 5th place finish. I have never found a rod with the sensitivity and balance like these rods I am totally satisfied with the quality and fish ability of these rods.

– Mark Campeau, Ontario, Canada

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Just wanted to thank you for building such a quality, versatile rod. Fishing the BFL LBL division as a co-angler, your very limited on the amount of rods and tackle you can take with you. You may start out the day cranking ledges and by the end of the day be flipping in a foot of water. With my Elite Rods I feel very confident I can adjust to any decisions my boater makes. Several tournaments this year I threw a chatterbait, spinnerbait or swim jig on a Elite flipping stick all day. They are so light, at the end of the day I had no fatigue and they performed flawlessly. They were a big reason why I finished in the top 6 in 4 out of 5 tournaments and won co-angler of the year. Dan, being in the architectural business, takes his knowledge of design and materials and incorporates that into his rod building. The end result is a light, quality product that is “built to perform”.


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– Ricky Boehringer, Troy, Ohio


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I’ve caught 2 fish on the new rod (2nd fish of the day is attached), I want another one identical to this one. I’m sold. They are the best rods I’ve ever owned or seen.

– Chad Nickell, Streetman, Texas


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Hi, Just wanted to let you know that I had the opportunity to try out the new casting rod with my new Shimano Calais 200DC yesterday and all I can say is AWSOME! The rod felt great in my hand and the balance with the Shimano is perfect. Great action, sensitivity, and backbone and perfect for my application!

– Brian Petrosky, Girard, Ohio


Being a lure designer, I understand what it takes to make a quality product and how much detail goes into every bait I make. I get that same quality and detail when I buy an Elite Rod. I know everything is done right and the rod is a top quality rod. Performance is a key in tournament fishing and these rods perform at the highest level in lightness and sensitivity. You owe it to yourself to try a high quality rod and see what you are missing. I highly recommend trying an Elite Rod.

– Jim Miller, Dayton, Ohio


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The Championship we qualified for is in October at Bay De Noc Michigan. By the way those jigging rods you made us have been an important factor in our success. They are awesome and tough! This year alone while jigging in the river I landed 3 Sturgeon all over 60 lbs. Each one takes over an hour to get in and those rods were bent over to the handle the whole time.

– Greg Whitson, Ontario, Canada (Reel Deal Guide)


I really got to use the rods yesterday. Very well pleased! You make amazing stuff. Thanks

– Andrew McClusky, Silsbee, Texas


I received my rod and I’ll start off by saying that just by looking at it, its not what I expected, It’s more!! I did not expect the micro guides and the overall appearance is just great! I can’t wait to hit the water and this rod will always be on my deck. I have rod sleeves on all my rods and the fact that you sent one with this rod makes it even more incredible. This is my first custom and won’t be my last. Thanks

– Tony Forest, Ironton, Ohio


I gave the rod it’s inaugural outing today against some trout. It performed excellently. I am very impressed with the light weight but solid feel it has. I can guarantee I will be purchasing more rods from you in the future. Thanks!

– Bryce McWhorter, Independence, Kentucky


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Just letting you know I won the tournament today with the 7′ 4″ jig rod and a Red Dirt Baits bladed dancin jig in emerald shad. I had five fish for 25lbs. 07 oz. Thanks for the best rods out there.

– Roy Whisenhunt, Valliant, Oklahoma


Gave them a good workout on the Ohio Yesterday – Caught 20+ Largemouth and a hand full of white bass with a 4# hybrid thrown in. These things truly rock – light, sensitive, everything I was looking for. The slight extra length let me sail the 78mm pointer in that wind I’ll definitely be getting with you on my next rod requirement.

– Mike Keiholz, Cincinnati, Ohio


I love my new spinning rod, it’s a beast. I wasn’t sure what I wanted in the way of components and you probably thought I wasn’t in my right mind because I wanted something very unique but after talking it thru, we endeavored to persevere. In the 1st week of using this on a Shimano 2500 reel and 40# Power Pro, I have not lost a fish. I’m now over 12 total bass in the 3#-6# range. I haven’t hit the 10# mark yet but it’s coming. Great Rod!

– Dan Williams, Cross City, Florida


Ever since I have went from a mixed bag of rods to all Elite Rods, I truly believe that my landing percentage has doubled. Right rod for the right job. I have became obsessed. Thanks for making a gem.

– Evertt Ailes, Fairland, Indiana

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Those flipping rods I got off you are the finest rods I have ever used.

– Roy Pifer, Celina, Ohio

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Took the 7471 out to a pond today and I have absolutely fallen in love with the way this rod fishes.  It is the lightest, most sensitive jig rod i have ever used.  It has all the qualities of a good jig rod, perfect balance of tip and backbone to horse the big ones out of the brush.  Thank you!!!

– Heinz Kalkhoff, Cincinnati, Ohio

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I love the jig Rod! Got 15th place out of 120 boats today! I caught that 5.29 fatty on it! First fish of the day and first fish on that Rod!

 

– Tim Onusko, Clarksville, Tennessee


If you’re looking for a custom rod just for you, there’s only one place to go! The attention to detail is second to none.

– Chris Leslie, Preston, Maryland (Owner of Big Bass U.S.A.)


I’ll never buy another store-bought rod again after dealing with Elite Rods. Hands down the best customer service I’ve ever had on anything and I mean that. He did not push at all to go with a custom rod and explained why they are better. He followed up afterwards just to see if I was satisfied and how it was holding up. It’s a custom made flipping stick with a spiral wrap and now I flip more than ever with an 8 footer. It definitely made a difference.

– Brian Lightner


Caught my first bass on my Elite Rods custom rod and wow! Extremely sensitive and light rod with some backbone to boot! Handled my 3 bass perfectly tonight. Thanks for the great rod!

– Richard Schemmel Edgewater, Colorado


I was using your fact action heavy rod and caught a ten pound bass during practice at Kentucky Lake during the Wal-Mart FLW Tour. For being a heavy rod, I liked the weight. It’s not heavy and I can cast with it all day chucking a 1oz. jig. Your Friend:

– Nick Kissack, Wichita, Kansas


I’ve tried many rods, top end, and mid price, but Elite Rods out fish them all. I’ve been tournament fishing for 20 years and I put Elite Rods in a class all by themselves, light, durable, and oozing with confidence, all that you want in a top rod at a reasonable price for tournament or pleasure fishing. A rod for every application, just set the hook and reel ’em in. It’s Elite Rods for me.

– Ron Foulk, Tournament angler/Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail