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2018 Helium 3 Heavy 7' 10" MOD Moderate Fishing Rod

SKU: HE3H710MOD 
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Regular Price: $299.95

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Formerly called the "MAD" rod. Bigger is Better! When it comes to big baits and heavy lines,  You want a rod that you can count on.  Whether flipping mats, throwing swim baits, or dredging the bottom with a deep divers the MAD rod has you covered.  It's parabolic MODERATE action is exactly what you need for heavy applications. 

Trey Kistler and Gary Loomis developed a true winner for all heavy lure and heavy cover applications! From Punching Grass to Casting a Swimbait, this big rainbow bending moderate heavy power is perfect for keeping those big lipped pigs hooked up!


14 years ago Kistler Rods took the industry by storm with an entirely new concept in top level fishing rods when they introduced their Helium LTA "Lighter Than Air" rod series. This newest installment of the Kistler surge onto the market will appeal to those looking for the absolute lightest, strongest and most sensitive stock fishing rod available in its class. Borrowing from the lessons learned in designing their custom 'Z Bone' series and their fastest selling KLX series, the designers at Kistler will once again rock the fishing industry with the Helium3. Entirely MADE in the USA and with stunning good looks, this new Helium3 will undoubtedly be the go to rod for the fisherman looking for the ultimate in performance. The Helium3 is totally redesigned from the blank up. However, in keeping with the Helium tradition the new Helium3 will still be the best looking and lightest rod in the rod box with innovative features like:

DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS:

-Gary Loomis's North Fork Composite Next Generation 98% T 800 Carbon Fiber High Strain Modulus, Faster Actions and stiffer backbones, raw carbon exterior and Gary's proven high compression resin system


- Patented Hook Lock bait keeper, stainless steel. Locks in your lure while in transit.
- Trey's trademark Smart Grip II eva fore grip for added comfort and reel tightening ease
- Fuji Graphite reel seat
- Kigan Zero tangle stainless steel guides, with MACRO sized Coalite inserts with zero ring loss (pop-outs) 
- Kigan Tip top design with seamless weld to reduce line wraps and zero ring loss (pop-outs)
- Action: Moderate
- Length: 7' 10"
- Power: Heavy
- Lure weight: 3/8 - 3 oz  
- Line weight: 15 - 35 lb
- Handle length: 11 1/2 inch  We used the power hump grips of the KLX series for leverage 
- "The handle length is measured from the bottom of the butt cap to the bottom joint where the reel seat meets the cork."

EVERY Kistler Rod is "Quality Certified" by our process of thoroughly testing and hand inspecting from our expert team in Magnolia, Texas, USA.

QUALITY CERTIFICATION CHECKLIST
- Casting Action/Flex Test
- Power, Torque and Backbone Test
- Reel Seat Function and Stability Test
- Stay-Put Guide and Clear Coat Check
- Accu-Align Guide and Reel Seat Check
- Precision Crafted/Blemish Free Check
- Trey Kistler's Fish Ready Seal of Approval

ROD PROTECTORS are available for sale to protect your rod, guides and line.

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  1. best rod i have ever used Review by Mark
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    if you are in the market for a good , all around stiff and light rod this is the one!!! very sensitive, lots of backbone , and light enough to fish ALL day without wearing you down. I have 5 of these rods and will have more in the future! (Posted on 10/4/18)

  2. Great versatility Review by Chester
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    Bought this 7’10” rod to throw 10XD on but found it works great for both an A-Rig and C-Rig. It is a rocket launching pad to make super long casts! (Posted on 10/1/18)

  3. Take Deep Cranking Further Review by Taylor
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    I have been deep cranking with this rod for a few weeks now and I'm super impressed. First of all it will flat out launch a jumbo crank out of sight. This equals more time in the strike zone on every cast. Second, and just as important, even though this is a "rainbow" rod there is enough backbone left to drive the large trebles found standard on the true 25' crank baits. I haven't tried it yet but I'm sure I will use it for my a-rig all winter as well. Just like all of my Helium rods, Kistler has cut the weight down which is always appreciated. This rod is a must for big crank baits! (Posted on 9/19/18)

  4. Very Impressed Review by pete
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    I read all the reviews before I purchased this rod, but I still questioned the true versatility of this rod. At first I "labeled" it my punching rod... well, it's become way more than that. I love it for fairly large swim baits(2oz ish), large rats(and other wake baits), 3/4-1oz jigs, punching of course, even threw some 1-1.5oz spinnerbaits on it. It's light, but very stout, it's moderate, but still plenty stiff to feel every rock with your jig. Awesome rod! Thank You Kistler! (Posted on 8/17/18)

  5. Hands down best deep crank rod Review by Rayburn bum
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    Preforms flawlessly with cranks from a series 5 to a 10xd. Doesn’t wear you out, you can fish all day and won’t fell it the next! Can’t wait to get my hands on another (Posted on 7/12/18)

  6. Great rod! Review by Kenneth
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    I bought this rod when it was called the MAD before it was called the MOD. This is a great rod. I use it for deep diving crankbaits, frogs and flipping. Very versatile rod. I love the moderate action. (Posted on 5/23/18)

  7. Swimbaiters deluxe Review by Timothy Shaw
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    I bought this rod for using bigger swimbaits and it has not disappointed. The parabolic action really helps with long casts. Also for using glidebaits, to keep those treble hooks pinned. It also has plenty of backbone to get those big bass in. I have also found it to be a great A-rig rod. (Posted on 3/23/18)

  8. Perfect Carolina Rig Rod Review by Alan Davenport
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    I have been looking for a heavy duty rod for deep carolina rigging, texas rigging, and heavy jig throwing. This rod is it! Ultra sensitive and lightweight enough to use all day but still able to set the hook on some big fish. Love my MAD! (Posted on 2/11/18)

  9. Incredibly light big stick! Review by Marty Brown
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    This rod is a beast. It is very light weight and surprisingly well balanced. I recently spent a week at Okeechobee flipping and punching with a 2 oz weight and 65 lb braid. The MAD handled the big tungsten and super thick mats easily. The parabolic action lessens the chance of ripping the fishes mouth on hook set. It also takes the work out of slinging an A-Rig. (Posted on 1/25/18)

  10. Flipping Stick Review by Joseph
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    One of the best flipping sticks, I have ever used. Teamed up with the Ardent Apex Flipping reel, almost impossible to lose a fish. Incredibly light for the it's strength and the action of the tip is sensitive. Thinking about getting two of these set ups for next year. Absolutely highly recommend this rod. A little pricey but worth every cent! (Posted on 1/9/18)

  11. Best Carolina Rig Review by Daniel
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    The rod is the Best Heavy Carolina Rig Rod I have ever owned. The Parabolic Bend is perfect and the 7'11" length is great for 2-3" leaders. You can launch your rigs a mile with this rod and still have enough tip to load up and set the hook with a 5/0 heavy wire hook from 30-40 yards out. All that and this is the lightest 7'6"+ length rod I have ever held, you can cast this rod all day without fatique. (Posted on 1/4/18)

  12. Great flippin stick Review by Steve
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    I have had my second 7' 10" Mad for a couple months now and use it exclusively for flipping with braid. It is very easy to control and more accurate than a fast action 7'6". Easy to land jigs softly. Hook sets are solid and I don't pull the bait away too quickly with the parabolic bend. It also keeps the pressure on the fish to get them in the boat. This is a great rod for flipping and cranking. Trying to figure out how to use third one (Posted on 9/26/17)

  13. Bought a second one Review by Steve
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    I liked the first one so well I had to buy another. This is a very versatile rod.
    This first one I use for heavy cranking. I found it is a great flipping rod, especially with braid. The parabolic bend gives that split second delay in the hookset so I don't pull the bait away from the fish. It's also harder for the fish to throw the jig because of the constant pressure of the parabolic bend.
    I also want to try this for c-rig and a-rig
    In summary I love the sensitivity, weight, and action. This is a quality rod on par with my G Loomis GLX rods at a much lower price (Posted on 8/2/17)

  14. Great versatile rod Review by Colin
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    this rod is the first one I pick up every day out on the lake. great for deep cranks to big swimbaits to heavy chatterbaits. This thing does it all. Only problem is I just have the one! (Posted on 7/3/17)

  15. 711 M.A.D. Review by Michael
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    I bought my first Kistler rod from Tackle Warehouse. It was the 711 MAD. I now have four of them. I started buying directly from Kistler. The deal can't be beat with the point system and numerous specials. These rods are amazing. I own several high end St Croixs and Loomis. Yeah these are great rods too, but the Kistlers have that " oh yeah " feeling. I like big bait power fishing. The MAD does not have any competition. It is Number #1. (Posted on 6/19/17)

  16. The versatility makes it a great value Review by Steve
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    Just received my MAD rod and have only tried it in the yard
    The parabolic action is amazing. Stiffer than a 7'11" Powell cranking rod but casts like a dream. Will be great on KY Lake ledges. Set it up for flipping and compared to GLX flipping stick and found it to be lighter, better balanced, and easier to make a lie soft presentation. Ordering a second one (Posted on 6/1/17)

  17. Florida's best big stick Review by Charlie Sanchez
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    Being a Florida angler, everyone knows a big rod or 2 is a MUST but this rod is not only for flipping like you would think. This rod can be used for flipping those creature baits with a 1oz to 2oz tungsten, big swim baits, swim jigs etc... This rod I have learned I can count on to handle whatever I tie on. (Posted on 5/11/17)

  18. Carolina, Swimbaits, A-Rigs Review by victor faylor
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    Got this rod for throwing the A-Rig and Big Swimbaits. Keeps the fish hooked up good. I also use this rod for fishing Carolina rigs, great for that long sweep. I will definitely be getting another one. (Posted on 5/10/17)

  19. Variety Review by conrad
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    Got this rod for deep crankbaits but it works well flipping or throwing a big swimbait. Homer run here (Posted on 5/9/17)

  20. MAD Helium 3 Review by david
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    best punching and heavy flipping rod . . . period. good quality components on a super sensitive blank. its has upp'ed my punch game a ton! i own 3 and have had no issues (Posted on 5/9/17)

  21. BEST ROD EVER Review by STEVE
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    THIS 7-11 IS THE BEST ROD I HAVE EVER OWNED, I PURCHASED 2 OF THEM, AND NOW I WISH I HAD ABOUT 3 MORE FOR ALL MY FLIPPING STICKS! BUT YOU CAN USE THEM TO PITCH JIGS AND PUNCH WITH THEM!! MAD SERIES IS BOSS. (Posted on 5/9/17)

  22. best rod on the market Review by Mark
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    this is the absolute best rod on the market. I have used it for large swim baits and also big crank baits. it is very light and has the backbone to get the big boys in. I recommend this rod to everyone. if you don't have it your in 2nd place. (Posted on 5/9/17)

  23. The ultimate rod Review by Deron
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    I bought this rod to punch mats. I under estimated its abilities. Great for punching mats, big swim baits, frogging, A-rigs, deep Carolina rig and jigging spoons. It's the lightest and most sensitive nearly eight foot rod I have ever owned. (Posted on 5/9/17)

  24. Unbelievable Frog Rod Review by Victor
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    When i was looking for a frog rod i was told to look for length, strength and something you could throw all day without having a sore arm. Well i found it!! This rod paired up with a 7:1 Curado was the ultimate ticket. In the time i have had this rod i can honestly say that i have not lost a fish in the slop or pads. Can't wait for the season to start up so i can lay into some more big buckets. (Posted on 5/9/17)

  25. Best Big Rod Ever Review by SHANE
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    This rod can do it all! I personally switched to kistler for this rod! You can throw almost anything on this rod. You can flip crank pitch punch carolina rig and jig fish and not be tired at the end of the day.....best big rod on the market! (Posted on 1/2/17)

  26. A-Rig Machine Review by Pete
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    This is an exceptional rod when throwing an Alabama Rig. It's incredibly lite, sensitive, and comfortable. I'm able to sling the Umbrella Rig all day with this rod without getting worn out. I would reccommend this to any angler who wants to put more fish in the boat. (Posted on 11/30/16)

  27. Best double duty rod-punching and big swimbaits! Review by PETE
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    Yes for punching mats you need a special rod, it's got to be long, heavy and have a parabolic action or you WILL lose lots of fish...This is that rod! The best part is that it also happens to be a great swimbait rod, you will always have it rigged up in the boat, punching rig in the summer/fall, A-rigs in the winter, then big swimbaits and glide baits in the spring. I even used it in a pinch for lighter flipping, 1/2 tungsten and 3/4 jigs with fluoro and it performed flawlessly. It's extremely light for such a big stick no problem flipping or chucking all day! (Posted on 11/28/16)

  28. its great Review by Michael
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    This rod just plain makes you want to fish. The most versatile rod on the market. Light, balanced cant put it down. If you're an angler that limited to how many rods you can carry this is the rod you are looking for. You can frog, flip, swimbait, crank you name it. Just get it. Makes you want to fish (Posted on 11/12/16)

  29. So sweet Review by Mark
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    This rod is so awesome. I bought it for my son, but it seems like I use it more than he does. I am totally in love with it. It is on my list for my next purchase for me. I have punched, flipped, and A-rigged with it. It is the best of all worlds for me. A definite must for the guy who likes to flip the nasty stuff. And such a sweet a-rig rod. Super sensitive, lightweight, and strong, what more can you ask for with a big stick? (Posted on 10/31/16)

  30. Beast Review by Mike Outdoors
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    This is a beast of a rod and is great for punching vegetation or for throwing large swimbaits. This is a big rod and will handle all of your heavy rod needs. I have also used this rod for throwing magnum spoons and it excelled at that too. (Posted on 9/7/16)

  31. Perfect Flipping Stick Review by Austin
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    Kistler has done it again!

    Whether flipping grass, flooded timber, or any other type of cover... This is the rod to use. It's simple: 1) feel bite 2) lean in to them 3) put them in the boat. The rod keeps the fish buttoned without ripping their lips. Oh yeah... It also has the perfect action for your swimbaits. (Posted on 8/23/16)

  32. Best Punch Rod on the Market Review by Martin
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    After extensive use of this rod for the last few months, I can say without a doubt that this rod is the best Punch Rod on the market. The rod has great backbone to keep those big fish pinned and get them out of the grass. This rod can also be used as a Deep Diving Crankbait and a Big Swimbait rod, so this rod will get alot of use year round in my boat. (Posted on 8/8/16)

  33. Best Big Bait Rod Out There Review by Justin
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    The M.A.D. rod is great for any big bait application. It excels at working oversized swimbaits and glide baits while still maintaining sensitivity for grass punching. You can't go wrong with this stick! (Posted on 6/23/16)

  34. Two 1 for jigs and 1 for punching Review by Frank
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    These are the best rods ever. I got them in jan. 2016 and paired them with diawa zillions hd's thank you Mark and Trey I will be buying more the M.A.D. 7'11" in the near future (Posted on 5/31/16)

  35. 7'11" MAD parabolic Review by John Bob
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    This road loads up and slings those deep diving crankbaits out there further than any other crankbait rod I own. Trey and Mark have a rod design that will keep this rod on my deck when the fish hit the ledges till the end of summer..folks if your looking for a rod that handles heavy crankbaits look no further. (Posted on 5/24/16)

  36. Most Versatile Big Rod on the Market!! Review by Brad Fuller Fishing
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    Fished the Big Bass Bash on LOZ and used this to throw a Alabama Rig around docks. The parabolic action made it easy to make short accurate cast between and around docks. The strong back bone supplied ample power to fight fish around the numerous obstructions. Three days later I was on Kentucky Lake for the FLW Costa event where I used the same rod to flip buck brush with 30lb Florocarbon and a 3/4 ounce tungsten. This rod pulls all the heavy duty on my boat. Lightweight, well balanced and an unbelievable backbone!! You won't be disappointed!!! (Posted on 5/1/16)

  37. American Awesomeness Review by 48angln
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    The quality of this rod is outstanding. No shortcuts taken here.
    If you are looking for a a solid product look no further. I will be purchasing more kistler rods in the very near future (Posted on 4/24/16)

  38. Absolute best hvy rod around! Review by Juan
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    I originally bought this rod for big swimbaits and deep Carolina rigs but after tying a mop jig on it, it might also be my new flipping stick. If you are worried about the parabolic bend, don't be once the fish meets the beefy backbone on hookset its game over for it. This rod handles big fish with ease and is light enough to fish all day for a rod this length and power. (Posted on 4/24/16)

  39. great stick Review by Bogie
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    The name of this rod is incorrect it should be BAD cause that what it is. the parabolic bend keeps them pinned in the thick stuff and doesn't pull hooks. I've used this rod to pull some big girls out of some nasty stuff with ease and even boat flipped a 5 pounder before I realized how big it was. The price is right you get what you pay for I say that having used several high end JDM rods. The build quality is second to none on the rod I have and plan on adding more to my line-up. Thanks Trey for a great product from the USA at a good price. (Posted on 4/23/16)

  40. Big baits no problem Review by Carl
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    From magnum 7 inch swim baits to punching matts with a 2oz wait the MAD rod will not let you down trey and mark really hit a home run with this rod. (Posted on 3/15/16)

  41. Great rod for Punching Review by Ryan
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    I am very impressed with the over all weight and feel of this rod. I was a little worried about the MAD bend having never used it before, but I could be more happier with it. Its enough backbone to get the the fish out of tough cover with enough forgiveness to keep him hooked up. Another great Kistler product (Posted on 3/11/16)

  42. Fantastic rod! Review by Johnathan Stuckey
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    The Mark Daniels Jr MAD Helium 3 is a fantastic rod. I've been flipping and punching with this rod for a month now and it hasn't let me down! Pulls big ones out of some thick grass with ease, it's light to cut down on fatigue from big punch weights, and super sensitive. I've also tried it out with a ledge spoon and a big swim bait. I'll be buying at least one more to cover those techniques as well! (Posted on 3/10/16)

  43. Another great rod Review by Joel
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    I purchased this rod to punch grass both deep and shallow. It does this very well, but what I was pleasantly surprised is it works great for heaving big swimbaits. Use it to throw 6-8" line thru's and you won't be disappointed. Loads up great for both purposes. (Posted on 1/8/16)

  44. Very impresed with this one! Review by BJ
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    I just started learning how to punch on Sam Rayburn and T-bend. Bought this rod after trying a few others and this one is perfect! I love the peribolic bend with this rod. My wife and I fished a club tournament on Rayburn and she won using this rod. She is only 5'1" and had no problem getting 5lbers out of the grass we were punching. Now she wont give it back but that's ok because now I have an excuse to get another one! If you are looking for a flipping rod look no further trust me. (Posted on 10/23/15)

  45. Go big or go home Review by adam
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    If you like to flip mats, throw big swimbaits or arigs this rod is for you!! This rod is absolutely amazing! (Posted on 6/10/15)

  46. Amazing rod Review by Okhissa2
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    I love the Helium 3 Heavy for throwing my bigger swimbaits, it handles them Great and has a Super sensitivity tip to feel those soft bites and short strikes. Great Rod as always Kistler (Posted on 12/16/14)


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