One of Shakepeare’s most popular and well-known fishing rods is the Shakespeare Ugly Stik. This is a 2-piece, medium action rod. This isn’t a rod/reel combination, so be careful when purchasing (A great way to save money is to buy one reel, and different kinds of rods to fit your fishing needs). The rod is available from 5 to 9 feet, and uses an unconventional “Ugly Tuff” EVA foam grip and stainless steel framed guides. This handle is longer, making it a comfortable squeeze. One downside of this is that it isn’t as durable as the cork handle.
The Ugly Stik is one of the most durable rods on the market. They are tough cookies for sure. You can fight fish, toss it around, even step it on it accidently, and it won’t break. Even though it is a medium action rod, the balance provides a sensitive touch that allows one to feel even very light bites. In addition to the durability and strength, the rod is sleek. It is a jet black laced with gold grim. Just glancing at the rod, you will notice the immense amount of detail that was put into each and every rod they make.
All in all, this rod will last you a long time (unless you run over it with your car). It’s a great rod for the price, and will withstand a lot of beatings. The recommended use is for freshwater fishing such as lakes and rivers, but it can even be used for trolling. Overall, a great and versatile rod.
The Shakespeare fishing tackle company, started in 1896 by William Shakespeare, Jr. (no relation to the famous poet of the late 1500’s), was a testament to what keeps humans moving forward. Being a serious fisherman and natural problem-solver, Shakespeare built an instrument that helped him wind the fishing line evenly onto the spool. This has become an industry standard, helping to prevent tangles in the reel. This careful detail in design and function is one of the things that inspired their earlier slogan, “Built Like A Watch”.
Beginning with the production of reels, the company expanded their reach by acquiring Pflueger, another well-known fishing company that expanded their product line to include rods that are made for beginners and fishing enthusiasts alike. Within the last decade, the company released their Synergy Titanium series, which is comfortable and focuses on design. They also produce a very popular children’s fishing kit, containing cartoon characters such as Barbie, Scooby Doo, and Looney Toons. Being aesthetically pleasing and functional is what defines Shakespeare rods.