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just how tough is an ugly stick?? #7329932
08/14/21 01:16 PM
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k gang.....i'll speak from personal experience ,,,,,,,,,,,these things are tough.....i'm hard on fishing equipment...........I don't mind spending 40 bucks on one...........for those who've never bought one...........or never heard of one....


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Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7329938
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Only rod I will buy now.

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7329941
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30 yrs ago i had a native buddy who had one.....shorter model. He would bend it until it almost touched the shaft. Dont know about newer ones.

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7329945
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I’ve been a firm believer in ugly stiks my whole life. Best rod on the market for the price


"I have two guns, one for each of ya."
Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7329951
08/14/21 01:30 PM
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I have been accused of being beat with one when I was a kid.....But it was my sister. Lol


your only allowed so many sunrises... I aim to see every one of them!
Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7329956
08/14/21 01:43 PM
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All my rods are Ugly Stiks, bait casters and spin casters. Most are the newer GX2's

I've been using them for about forty years. When I find something that works, i "Stik" with it. laugh

I have an idiot BIL that broke one by accidentally slamming his car door on it. He broke the replacement a week later when he slammed the trunk lid on the tip. He got a two-piece after that and lost the front half after making a hasty cast at a giant musky without fully seating the two halves.


Eh...wot?

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7329960
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I'm on my second one. First one broke and I'm not even sure why it broke. It was pretty old though.

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7330042
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They're ok for throwing around bass sized lures, but I have yet to buy one that I like for jigging Walleyes or Muskys. Just no backbone to them.

And yes, I have several and use them regular for what I said I think they're good for.

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7330064
08/14/21 03:52 PM
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They are tough. I've had a few and looked at tons but never found one I liked.


When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there's no end to what you can't do.
Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: hippie] #7330075
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Originally Posted by hippie
They're ok for throwing around bass sized lures, but I have yet to buy one that I like for jigging Walleyes or Muskys. Just no backbone to them.

And yes, I have several and use them regular for what I said I think they're good for.


My heavy action bait-casters are my go-to pike and musky rods.

I catch all my walleye with my medium action spin casters.

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Of course I'm running crank-baits, spinner-baits and dragging rubber worms for them. I don't do any jigging. That might be a whole different ballgame rod-wise.


Eh...wot?

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7330077
08/14/21 04:15 PM
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I own 6 or so of them. Great rods and not very expensive considering. I've battled hundreds if not thousands of fish on them.


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Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7330083
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Its the feel Lug. The ugly sticks are kinda like a wet noodle to me for jigging, trying to feel the bump. I never broke one like everyone else and have caught lots of fish on them but there are way better rods for different styles of fishing..imo.

I love the one I use for trout, I have a tendency to jerk too hard on a bite and the ugly stick is limp enough I don't rip the hook thru.

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7330086
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Interesting, never considered that. They've been about all I've used for decades. The only jigging I do is for summer bass in and around the thick weeds.

I have no doubt that there are better, more expensive rods for specific styles of fishing.


Eh...wot?

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7330089
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It is my slip bobber rod for walleyes. It's probably 20 years old.

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: west river rogue] #7330102
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Originally Posted by west river rogue
30 yrs ago i had a native buddy who had one.....shorter model. He would bend it until it almost touched the shaft. Dont know about newer ones.


Thats funny.

About the same time My brother bought one. At the time they were running advertisements showing a guy touching the tip to the butt which of course I convinced him to demonstrate. He got it within 4" from touching when it exploded lacerating him under the eye good enough for 4 stitches.

He did salvage enough to make an ice fishing stick.

WS

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7330140
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I buy nice reels, but I put cheap ugly sticks on all my catfish rods.

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7330147
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I have always been a fan of Ugly Stiks. Back in the 80's when I guided professionally I outfitted with Ugly Stiks as they always were rugged and dependable. I still use some of those rods today and I have purchased additional ones as well.

Chris


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Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7330197
08/14/21 06:57 PM
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I like certain models for circle hooks on catfish. Specifically the ones with a soft tip that let the hook work but I can't stand a noodle rod without a backbone. Try turning a big flathead out of a log pile without any backbone in the rod.

Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7330235
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I have fished them my dad had a Medium back in the 90s and my son had one as his first pole my brother bought it for him when he was about 4 or 5

they just don't feel the way I like a pole to feel and I am not a rod snob at least I don't think I am

I do stand in the store testing rod after rod to get the right feel but I don't have to spend big money on them , it is just about feel for me. I actually try not to look at the price tag till I have felt it which does lead to setting a lot of poles down that feel great and they want more than a hundred for


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Re: just how tough is an ugly stick?? [Re: foxkidd44] #7330244
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The Ugly Cat is my go to for big channels and the occasional flathead. I dont think ive used anything with less power than those and they are a medium heavy. I think you can have power/unbreakable OR sensitivity-not both. Ive broke the tip off of my fair share if “sensitive” poles. Nothing too high dollar for me.

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