True flippin' doesn't involve spinning line off a spool on a cast, so you don't need a fancy reel with lots of fine bearings. I prefer a low gear work-horse reel with some winch power. The oldest (30 year old) Garcia Ambassador 5000 casting reel I own is my go-to flippin' reel, and it's on a heavy power 7'6" "broomstick" composite no-name rod I had made custom years ago. I don't recommend using an expensive rod for flippin'. I've broken more rods doing that than any other way of fishing. Having a very sensitive rod doesn't help me a bit since I'm usually handing line as part of the flippin' process, using braid pretty often, which is very sensitive line. The bites are seldom soft anyway. I just want a rig that will winch a big bass in through heavy weeds and or sticks.