KISTLER Custom Fishing Rods

Z Bone Fishing Rod

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The price of this Kistler if we sold in Big Box stores like BassPro or Academy.

Cast or Spin: Casting
Power: 3 LMH Lite Medium Heavy Fast
Length: 6' 9"
2 Week Delay for Engravings or Labels

Engraving - $20 Details

Note: placement of custom engraving goes between handles.

Add Engraving on Any Stock Rod

Rods with engravings or fish decals will ship in approximately 2 weeks.


Pickup available at Kistler Rods Factory

Usually ready in 4 hours

Only The Best

You get a Z Bone when only the best will do, when peak performance is your goal, and when you just want to enjoy the finer things in life. The absurd weight (or lack thereof) of the Z Bone lets you know right away that you're holding something special. Average only 3.5 ounces!
Like a fine wine, custom rifle or a premier set of clubs, you get what you pay for with the Z Bone.  Built on KISTLER KC9 Extremely High Modulus Blanks - 100% Japanese Carbon by Toray. A dental surgeon requires a fine instrument to do his delicate work, the Z bone blank is a fine instrument, meant for the most delicate of bites. A surgeon does not use his fine instrument to chisel, hammer or pull teeth, he uses a different tool for that.
The blank has been individually hand inspected to ensure perfection, and each guide, cork, and wrap only serves to make the Z Bone lighter, smoother and stronger. You might just like great things. You might just love to have every competitive advantage possible on the water. Or you might just need to see for yourself what it's like to have only the best: The Kistler Z Bone.

Shipping & Returns

Fast and Reliable Shipping via UPS Ground 1-4 Days.

Returns & Exchanges
Use your Kistler! Not satisfied? FREE returns and exchanges within 30 days.


5 Year Manufacturer


Cast or spin




Power rating


Model number





Kistler kc9 100% japanese carbon by toray-extreme high modulus


Average 3.5 ounce


Open water


Fuji corrosion control stainless semi-conventional size silicon carbide rings

Reel seat

Fuji graphite exposed trigger

Handle type

Grade "a" cork tapered

Length of handle

9 1/2" measured from the bottom of the reel seat to the bottom of the butt cap

Line wt

12 - 14 lb mono/florocarbon or 20 lb braid

Lure wt

3/16 - 5/8 oz

Lure/bait type

tokyo rig, lipless, diving, square bill, wake bait, jerk bait, prop bait, walking bait, popper,weightless senko, wacky worm, neko rig, small shakey head, drop shot, finesse jig, spy / spin baits,tube, chatter bait, under spin, blade bait, jigging spoon, multi-purpose, hair jig, finesse jig, tail spinner


bass, speckled trout, redfish, walleye

Premium Components
Elite Sensitivity

Key Features Z Bone Fishing Rod

The "Top Shelf" fishing rod.


Average weight 3.5oz


FUJI Corrosion Control Stainless Semi-Conventional Size Silicon Carbide Rings - Enhances casting distance and accuracy while reducing overall rod weight.


Grade "A" Cork

Reel Seat

Fuji Graphite (Exposed Trigger - Casting)

Kistler Smart Grip

Comfortable EVA Foam at top of reel seat for comfort all day long.


Premium KISTLER KC9 100% Japanese Carbon by Toray-Extreme High Modulus Blanks - Delivers superior sensitivity and durability.

The Kistler Z Bone Rod

Top Shelf

Serious anglers know that purchasing a fishing rod is an investment in their performance on the water. Just like a fine wine, custom rifle or a premier set of clubs, the Z Bone Rod Series is an investment that you can look back on and smile on as you lift up your tournament-winning bag at the weigh-in.

Each Z Bone rod is carefully engineered using the highest-grade Toray carbon fiber, providing unmatched sensitivity and strength. The custom-made micro-guides reduce weight and enhance casting precision, reducing any possible friction that might impair your casts, or your ability to land trophy-size fish.

Each rod in the Z Bone series weighs an average of just 3.5 ounces, living up to Kistler’s lighter than air reputation in rod design. Designed for superior performance in both freshwater and saltwater environments, the Z Bone Rod Series ensures that every cast is as smooth and effective as possible.

Each individual blank is individually hand-inspected to ensure perfection. In addition, we
also closely inspect each guide, cork, to confirm that it meets the Kistler standard of quality and craftsmanship.

The Kistler Difference

Why Fish Kistler?

Call us and talk to a real person ready to help: Reuben or Jordan or Trey Kistler himself. Customer service is our priority so you can have your best day on the water.
The way fishing should feel.
Every rod from the KLX to Nitranium is individually stress tested and built by hand at our factory in Magnolia, TX.
Over 25 years in business, Kistler is a team of fishing experts who listen to anglers, and make fishing products beyond expectations.
Every rod is built on its natural spline. Every thread wrapped to perfection. Every guide straightened by hand.

Building fishing rods in the USA since 1999.

Born in a Texas Garage

Faith: Our faith in God influences all that we do, as a business and as individuals. 

Family: The family that raised us taught us how to fish; how to work hard and follow our own path.

Excellence: Maybe it’s just how we were raised or how we are wired. But whatever we make, whatever we do, we want it to be the best.

Respect: The world just works better when people treat one another with mutual respect.

Getting your rod to your door in one piece - quickly and securely is our priority. That's why we ship every rod in a thick cardboard tube, securely wrapped in bubble wrap primarily using UPS Ground which reaches most U.S. locations in 1-4 days.

Free Returns & Exchanges on Stock Kistler rods, reels, gear, and apparel. Learn more

Hold Something Special. We design and source the best materials with the very best blank manufacturers around the world.

KISTLER carbon consists of our proprietary carbon patterns using 100% carbon fiber for maximum sensitivity and strength.

That's why we maintain a 5-star customer rating, with a 99.5% flawless performance of our fishing rods, as well as a "Bend Strong" warranty, should something ever happen.

Bend Strong warranty. Every Kistler rod and reel is covered under our 99.5% flawless bend-strong manufacturer warranty. Learn more.

Veteran-owned and operated since 1999. Our company was born in a Texas garage. After Trey Kistler returned home from serving in the Gulf War, he went to work with his father building fishing rods. When his dad retired, Trey decided to blaze his own trail. He decided to make an exciting life for himself, his wife and four babies. He decided to create some solid American jobs. And he decided to try and catch as many fish as possible.

So he set himself to the task of making the best bass fishing rod out there. We, and Trey, wouldn’t have it any other way. If his family name is going to be on it, it’s going to be the best. Kistler products are excellent. Period. They are the most sensitive, the most responsive, the most trustworthy. When you hold one of our rods, you know you’re holding something special.


Z Bone Fishing Rod

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of fishing are Kistler Z Bone rods best suited for?

The Kistler Z Bone Rod Series is made to catch a wide variety of fish species, including bass, walleye, and both inshore and offshore saltwater species. The series offers specific models optimized for techniques such as flipping, pitching, cranking, and finesse fishing, making it versatile for different fishing conditions and preferences.

What makes the Kistler Z Bone series different from other premium fishing rods?

You won’t find Kistler products stocked in the popular fishing retail stores. Our products are made in our Magnolia, Texas home office and we ship them directly to customers – cutting out the middle man. This means you’re able to purchase a top-tier, professional style fishing rod for a significantly lower price than that offered by our competitors.

Can Kistler Z Bone rods be used in saltwater?

Yes, the Kistler Z Bone Rod Series is designed for both freshwater and saltwater environments. The high-quality materials and construction ensure that the rods can withstand the harsh conditions of saltwater fishing without compromising performance.

What lengths and actions are available in the Z Bone Rod Series?

The Kistler Z Bone Rod Series offers a variety of lengths and actions to suit different fishing techniques and preferences. You can find rods ranging from 6'9" to 7'6" in length, with actions from medium to extra-heavy, providing options for everything from light finesse to heavy cover applications.

How does the Kistler Z Bone Rod Series compare to other high-end fishing rods?

The Kistler Z Bone Rod Series stands out among high-end fishing rods due to its premium materials like Toray carbon fiber and custom micro-guides, which provide superior sensitivity and casting performance. Additionally, the exclusive carbon fiber handles offer unmatched comfort and control, making Z Bone rods a top choice for serious anglers looking for both reliability and top-tier performance in various fishing environments.