Shakespeare Ugly Stik Big Water Salmon/Steelhead Spinning Rod
Great for catfishing
I bought this rod around september for catfishing and so far I love it. I bought it for mainly smaller 1-10lb blues and channels but I have caught some big fish on it so far (the biggest being a 50lb flathead) the tip is great for circle hooks and it works for all the techniques I use (finesse fishing, drift fishing, splat fishing, anchored, ect.) Very happy with this rod and will definately be buying more in the future
January 24, 2015
This Stik is not Ugly
Bought this rod for salmon fishing, I was most impressed with combination of tip sensitivity, overall rod flex, yet solid spine to handle these 20+lb fish.. I also bought a Daiwa DXS 9.6ft salmon rod,, line/load capabilities are similar, that is all. The Daiwa is very stiff,, the Ugly Stik is much more flexible. The Daiwa is on the bench.. The Ugly Stik goes on the field.. Only reason I gave this rod 4 stars is the cork handle was not seated properly during construction, minor cosmetic flaw.. rather than send it back (which I could have done) fixed it myself. I have found dealing with Shakespeare customer service a positive experience.. Any company with any common sense will do what it takes to make the customer happy. Shakespeare does that very well. Based on my experiences, I highly recommend Shakespeare,, also take a look at their 10wt 9 ft flyrods,, those are beautiful!!.. There's nothing Ugly about this Stiks!!
December 6, 2013
I've used Ugly Stiks for years, including U.S. made and Chinese made. Never had a failure with one. I use these rods for carp, catfish and stripers rather than salmon/steelhead. The soft action works good for bait fishing. It seems Ugly Stik has lightened the weight of these rods a bit and sadly they no longer feature Fugi guides although they do still have a Fugi reel seat. Overall quality seems good and if you need a longer rod for your fishing these work well and are tough.
September 28, 2013
Great for Steelhead
I use Ugly stick exclusively for all my spinning rods and have used them for years (sorry I don't use Ugly Stick for my fly rods so I can't review those). Two years ago I bought the 8'6" Steelhead Ugly Stick and couldn't be happier. I use it on the Salmon River in Pulaski for Steelhead as well as for Walleye and Bass in the black river and other places in NY. I've also used it for trout in Maine. Sensitivity is good and casting ability is great, especially with the additional leverage for the length. Ugly Stick is tough and reliable, in more than 25 years of using ugly sticks I have only broke one which had shipping damage I did not see until my first fishing trip with it and had no problem getting it replaced for free. I highly recommend this product whether you are new to the sport or experienced and especially for those who travel a lot like I do, you can't get a more durable product.
November 5, 2010