I remember my first Ugly Stik rod. I got it over 10 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. That’s probably because I saw it in my garage yesterday, haha. After all these years, it’s still truckin’.
Ugly Stiks have become famous for this toughness. Like an old pickup that won’t quit after sitting out in a pasture for a decade, they keep getting the job done.
For that reason, these fishing rods have have found their way into the arsenal of most anglers. The Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 makes a great first rod. At the price level, it’s an upgrade from the cheap combos offered by other brands. Even if you decide to upgrade again, you’ll still want to hold on to this strong, versatile rod as a backup.
As you can see in the video reviews below, many anglers get years of hard use after their GX2 baitcast rods.