The Shakespeare® Ugly Stik® Elite Spinning Rod feature Ugly Tech™ Construction with 35% more graphite than the GX2 Ugly Stiks to give anglers a lighter weight, more sensitive rod, while retaining the strength and reliability Ugly Stik fishing rods are famous for. The Ugly Tuff™ 1-piece stainless steel guides are super slick so line flows though smoothly, while providing maximum durability and eliminating insert pop-outs. The Elite rod blank is finished off with Ugly Stik's signature Clear Tip® fiberglass tip that delivers extra strength right where you need it. Exposed blank style reel seats with cushioned stainless steel hoods hold reel in place securely, while increasing anglers' contact with the blank. The Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod uses premium cork grips to provide a comfortable and sure hold, even in wet conditions.