Helium Fishing Rod

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Lighter than air.
We stripped weight to increase sensitivity. Average only 3.5 ounce! It's what gives the Helium its name. Our flagship rod at its core doesn't just "get the job done," but makes every cast and hook set feel effortless. When your mettle is tested and you're competing for #1, the Helium gives you all you want and need in a fishing rod: lighter than air responsiveness that gives you every advantage over the next best fisherman. 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 Helium 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. Metallic blue on navy blue thread colors. Bold in its simplicity, our most popular rod to-date makes the Helium a stunning example of how peak performance and beautiful design really does define the way fishing should feel.


Cast or Spin Casting
Power 4 MH Medium-Heavy
Length 6'9"





We're talking 3.5 oz light. It’s where the Helium rod gets its name. It’s what it feels like fishing with the Helium.

Sleek tapered grade a cork handle, corrosion control stainless steel guides, and a fuji reel seat each cut weight and give power and sensitivity to the helium.

We hear this all the time: “Light and sensitive... With plenty of backbone.” It’s what you get with Helium.


Kistler KC9 Extremely High Modulus Blanks - 100% Japanese Carbon by Toray

A high-modulus 100% Carbon blank with advanced 45 degree layered carbon. Backed by Kistler's 5-Year Bend Strong Warranty, and specially hand tested for optimal performance.

Armor-plated resin gives it a bit of extra protection and character.


The Helium, formerly known as the Helium 3 or Helium LTA is the hallmark rod for Kistler Rods.

For almost 20 years there’s been a Helium on the market.

Used by Kistler pros to win big tournaments. It’s stood the test of time, and continues to be a fisherman’s favorite.

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Trey Talks Helium

why kistler?

Veteran Owned | American Craftsmanship | 5-Star Rated | #1 In Custom Fishing Rods | Strong Values | Unmatched Sensitivity | Excellent Customer Service | Meticulous Design Detail | Expert Rod Builders | Built By Hand In Texas




The Helium Fishing Rod is backed by Kistler's industry-leading "Bend Strong" warranty for 5 years. Read More.

Cast your Kistler! Use your product or try on your apparel. Get out and fish with your rod or reel for an entire day. If you're not satisfied, we want to make it right with a FREE return or exchange. Read More.

All rods are shipped FAST in a sturdy cardboard tube for $19.95. Read More.

Absolutely yes! 100% of our rods will perform perfectly in saltwater conditions for any type of species. Simply rinse off the entire rod and if you can wipe it down with a towel. This will ensure your rod guides last a very long time. The only guide that is rust proof is the Recoil Titanium Nitride guide found on our Texas Mag Wader Series but all other rods have a stainless steel frame that can withstand saltwater for many years of use.

Born In A Texas Garage

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.

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TackleTour Helium Review

"With a new source for blanks, 2021 sees another new beginning for Helium as well as Kistler Custom Rods. Thing is, this new blank does not fish similar to any of the previous generations. It is a lot more lively with a resonance I normally equate to something high-end. It's as if Helium were a fine wine and this 2021 model were a vintage. In this case, Helium would definitely be on my recommended buy list as a good pairing to your favorite technique."

Wow, These are the real deal!!

"I love My Heliums. These rods are SUPER light and balance so nice.. I love the 4.5 power rods, perfect tip for frogging and jigs. Lot's of backbone, with the perfect tip for skipping.. Also I have been having great luck with the 2 power for topwater poppers and small jerkbaits.. Money well spent.."

- Peter W.

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