Shakespeare® Ugly Stik® Lite Spinning Rods
- 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.
One of the largest fresh water fish that I have ever caught was with an inline spinner on a medium Ugly Stik spinning rod.
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.