Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod Review

The original Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 is highly regarded among anglers as a reliable and sturdy all purpose rod, that is especially easy to use for novices. The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod is the next generation to the original Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2. It is made to be far more convenient and effective than the original.

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Product Features:

The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod features a new Ugly Tech Construction design. This new design gives the Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod 35% more graphite in its composition. This allows this rod to have a lighter feel and greater sensitivity than the Ugly Stik GX2.  The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite retains the durability of the original Ugly Stik GX2. The combination of sensitivity and durability woven into design of this rod allows the Ugly Stik Elite to be both be sensitive enough to detect small light fish and sturdy enough to haul in the large heavy ones.

The guides on the Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod features the Ugly Tuff 1-piece design. Made from a slick stainless steel composition, this guide allows fishing lines to flow smoothly, while providing an enormous amount of durability. The new Ugly Tuff design was also designed to eliminate insert pop-outs of the fishing guides.

The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite, like its predecessor, features the Ugly Stik’s patented Clear Tip. Made from fibreglass, the Clear Tip is flexible and allows for sensitivity, strength and durability.

The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite also features a cushioned stainless steel hoods to hold the reel in place. This allows for secure reel placement while allowing the angler to have increased contact with the rod’s blank.

The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod also makes ergonomic considerations by providing premium cork grips for a comfortable and steady hold. These grips provide maximum comfort and friction even when wet.

 

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Pros

  • Highly light allowing for greater convenience
  • Extremely sensitive feel
  • Highly strong and durable
  • Smooth stainless steel guide
  • Relatively cheap

Cons

  • Short casting distance.
  • Is stiffer than the original GX2 making it more difficult to manipulate jigs

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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod Review
Because of the strength of sensitivity and because the cheap price range of this rod, we believe that this rod may be the perfect for all terrain fishing especially if you are on a budge. It is both strong enough to haul in large fish, yet sensitive enough to feel smaller fish. The lack of obvious flaws and great improvements to the original Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 make this rod an excellent choice for all anglers.
9.5 Total Score
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod

Because of the strength of sensitivity and because the cheap price range of this rod, we believe that this rod may be the perfect for all terrain fishing especially if you are on a budge. It is both strong enough to haul in large fish, yet sensitive enough to feel smaller fish. The lack of obvious flaws and great improvements to the original Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 make this rod an excellent choice for all anglers.

Performance
9
Durability
9
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