Shakespeare Ugly Stik Lite Spinning Rod
The Shakespeare® Ugly Stik® Lite Spinning Rod offers the same durability and sensitivity as the original Ugly Stik, but with an extra layer of graphite around the blank. This rod is thinner, lighter, and even more sensitive!
- Exclusive quick-taper Clear Tip® design
- Blank-thru-handle construction
- Top-grade cork handles
- Graphite-reinforced reel seats
- Stainless steel guides with stainless steel inserts
- "Ugly Back" 60-day/5-year limited warranty
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These are not the most sensitive rods and they are not the best trolling rods but for a single rod to use for all around fishing they work well for all applications including the lighter salt water fishing. They are also not bad rods for use with steelhead/trout and salmon.
I use these with a couple of different brands of size 40 spinning reels and my wife prefers a trigger reel and they also work well with these rods.
I bought a couple of the first Ugly Stik rods about 30 years ago. I own several specialized and more expensive rods. Like I said you cannot beat these Ugly Stiks for good all around rods.
That said, an Ugly Stik LITE in a medium to medium heavy will be your best bet. The more noodle-like the rod (whippy), the less hook-setting power you'll have, and the lesser sensitivity as well.
You'll have plenty of backbone in the MH, a little less in the M to horse in big bass, lake trout.
Hope this helps.
Counting the guides, including this tiny one, I would have 9. If I only counted the main guides starting with the largest base one going towards the tip, I would only have 8.
Never had a rod with a hook holder like that.
I slipped line through this while putting line on my spool and it helped keep the tension tight, so after my reel was spooled I just took it back out and re-guided.
Do not run your line through it as doing so will restrict your casting distance.