The Ugly Stick Fishing Rod by Shakespeare is the best multipurpose fishing rod I have used.
It is great for all types of fishing and a great fishing pole for folks that are just getting started in the sport. The Ugly stick comes in several different sizes and offers specialty rods for catfishing, backpacking, striper fishing, saltwater, etc.
Shakespeare markets this rod’s strength and durability as the primary benefit, however it offers much more than that. I use a 6 foot 6 inch, medium action freshwater rod that is engineered for 6-15lb line. The rod separates into 2 pieces which makes it easy to safely transport it in a vehicle or strap to a hiking pack.
The Ugly stick is by far the most durable rod I’ve found and is the major selling point of these poles. I use this rod for small trout, catfish, stripers, surf fishing, and everything in between. I strap mine to my pack when fishing in the mountains requires a long hike. This is the only rod I’ve owned that has stood up to the torture of being slammed against rocks and bent over by tree limbs. Mine still doesn’t show the wear and hasn’t broken. The Ugly Stick also has superior line guides with increased attachment points for maximum durability.
The Ugly Stick is surprisingly sensitive! Don’t compare it to the $500 super sensitive rods that the pros use, but compared to other rods of similar size and price The Ugly Stick is the winner. This durability and sensitivity combo make it the perfect rod for any type of fishing, from catfish and stripers to bluegill and trout.
An Ugly Stick combo is available for $30-$50 for freshwater at various retailers, a price hard to beat! The combo comes with the rod, reel, and line, although I replace the line immediately to one of my favorites in the weight I need. The Ugly Stick is the perfect rod for the person who doesn’t know what kind of fishing to expect next week!!
If you need a quality rod that will work well for any type of fishing or you are on a budget and need one durable rod that will last a lifetime, the Ugly Stick is a great choice. For a very durable rod, The Ugly Stick is surprisingly sensitive! Don’t compare it to the $500 super sensitive rods that the pros use, but compared to other rods of similar size and price The Ugly Stick is the winner. This durability and sensitivity combo make it the perfect rod for any type of fishing, from catfish and stripers to bluegill and trout.
Here are the main features of the ugly stick:
• Howald Process™ Double-Built™ blanks and Ugly Stik Clear Tip® design for guaranteed strength and sensitivity.
• Durable and lightweight “Ugly Tuff™” EVA grips. Spinning models have an EVA insert on top of reel seat for added comfort.
• Graphite twist-lock reel seats are standard on most models.
• Black stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts.
• Ferruless design on two-piece models for the strength and feel of a one-piece rod.
• Over 40 actions to choose from for all freshwater fishing applications.
• Exclusive “Ugly Back” 70-day/7-year warranty