Looking for the perfect spinning rod to complement your spinning reel? Look no further because the Ugly Stik Elite is going to be the best one for you. Don’t let the name fool you either. The Ugly Stik Elite has a variety of sizes available for you and each one is widely popular.
Let’s explore what makes the Ugly Stick a bestseller.
Ugly Stik has a variety of sizes available ranging from 4’6″ to 7’6″ with different weights between them. While not exactly related to the quality of the rod itself, it’s nice to know I can pick up a lighter or heavier rod of the same design if I wish. It beats having to get an entirely different one.
The Elite eliminates unnecessary bells and whistles that might come with higher end spinning rods. The handle is constructed of tough, stable cork while the extended rod is made of graphite. This graphite construction gives the rod above average strength but still keeps the overall weight low.
Depending on the length of the rod you purchase, you could have one or two seats. The seats are stainless steel and designed for maximum versatility should you get the slightest of bites at the end of the line.
For this rod, you’re going to want any type of spinning reel that works best for you. Beware of adding more weight, however, as it will become more difficult to handle. The reels themselves are usually mounted above the handle. The benefit of spinning reels is that they are interchangeable between the left and right hand and thus applicable to a wider range of experience levels.
The cork handle is something to appreciate as well. It’s as good of a grip as rubber and gives you a nostalgic feeling when using it. Owners of the Ugly Stick Elite have used it to catch everything from steelhead to trout and even bass.
If you start using line beyond 8lb’s, be aware that this is approaching the Ugly Stik’s maximum capability. Some owners have remarked that 10lb lines are creating grooves in the seats, which usually points to breakdown in the future.
Strength, durability, good handling are some of the most important factors when considering your next rod. We feel that the Ugly Stik checks all those boxes, making it a great overall rod.
One suggestion we have for a spinning reel is Pflueger’s President Spinning Wheel, a stable and corrosive resistant reel that’ll make an excellent addition to this rod. The best part is that its about the same price as the Ugly Stik. You can pick up both items for a total of around $100.
Bottom Line: We think the Ugly Stik is the spinning rod for you because its cheap, applicable for a range of reels, and its construction means its durable for years to come. Furthermore, its backed by a seven-year warranty should defects occur.
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