- Jan 7, 2010
- Willy Valley, Oregon
If anyone is interested in the history/development of Shakespeare's Ugly Stick rods...there is a short but good article in this month's Field & Stream.
I would have to say this is a fair assesment of the commercial sport value, but they are definitely a lifetime rod to the average joe.. and he can even afford to buy one!Our experience with Shakespeare Ugly Sticks have not been favorable in saltwater fishing. Early Ugly sticks did not have the rod finish applied under the guide foot, so consequently the guides were prone to rust at the foot. This has been changed on the newer models. We have also had problems with the butt breaking just below the rod seat. This occurs when a tuna hits the rod in a rod holder. These rods are rated in the 60 -80lb class. The warranty from the retail shop is only 90 days.