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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.