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Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rods


Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rods have been redesigned and infused with enhancements that go beyond cosmetics. These new Ugly Stik GX2 rods deliver improved quality, durability and dependability without compromising the heritage, strength and tradition of the original. The iconic Ugly Stik Clear Tip still delivers extra strength right where you need it and is sensitive to the lightest strike. Cosmetically, the Ugly Stik GX2 balances a modern look with the classic diamond wind above the grip that many consumers loved about the original.

Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rods feature Ugly Tech Construction with a new blank through reel seat design that combines graphite and fiberglass to create a strong yet sensitive rod with better balance. Ugly Stik GX2 Rods showcase a sleek matte black finish highlighted by red and silver accents giving the rod a more modern look. These rods also feature the Ugly Stik logo etched into the EVA grip to give it a look all its own.

Features of Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rods include:

  • Ugly Tech Construction
  • Ugly Stik Clear Tip design
  • Single foot guides
  • Better balanced blanks
  • New blank thru reel seat design
  • Ugly Tuff 1-piece stamped SS guides with no inserts
  • EVA Grips with Ugly Stik logo etched into handle

Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rods
USSP461UL4' 6"Ultra Light2 - 61/32 - 1/41
USSP481UL4' 8"Ultra Light2 - 61/32 - 1/41
USSP491H4' 9"Heavy8 - 201/4 - 3/41
USSP501UL5' 0"Ultra Light2 - 61/32 - 1/41
USSP502UL5' 0"Ultra Light2 - 61/32 - 1/42
USSP562L5' 6"Light4 - 101/8 - 1/22
USSP561M5' 6"Medium6 - 151/8 - 5/81
USSP5101M5' 10"Medium6 - 151/8 - 5/81
USSP5102M5' 10"Medium6 - 151/8 - 5/82
USSP602L6' 0"Light4 - 101/8 - 1/22
USSP602M6' 0"Medium6 - 151/8 - 5/82
USSP601MH6' 0"Med. Heavy8 - 201/4 - 3/41
USSP601H6' 0"Heavy8 - 203/8 - 11
USSP662L6' 6"Light4 - 101/8 - 1/22
USSP662M6' 6"Medium6 - 151/8 - 5/82
USSP661MH6' 6"Med. Heavy8 - 201/4 - 3/41
USSP702UL7' 0"Ultra Light2 - 61/32 - 1/42
USSP702M7' 0"Medium6 - 151/8 - 5/82
USSP701MH7' 0"Med. Heavy8 - 201/4 - 3/41
USSP902M9' 0"Medium4 - 201/8 - 3/42
Review Summary
(39 Reviews)
of customers would recommend this product.100%
Reviewer Profile:   Avid Fisher (13), Casual/ Recreational (3), Professional (2)
Durable (17)
Good Tip Action (16)
Flexible (14)
Sensitive (14)
Accurate Casting (12)
none so far (3)
No cons that I have found (2)
Best Uses
River Fishing (15)
Large Fish (10)
Ocean Fishing (6)
freshwater and saltwater (2)
Surf Fishing (2)

Customer Reviews
stockton, CA
 Nice rod for sensitive trout
Pros: Handle, Guides, quality, Awesome castability, Casting long distances
Cons: Little too sensitive on the tip
Best Uses: trout fishing, casting long didstances
Comments: Granted I like more of a lite type of rod than a Ultra lite, but that`s just me . this rod is Very good for Trout stream fishing . It casting is a Dream . The 7 FT length is comfortable and balanced. The Foam type handle grip fits easily into your palm and makes casting very soft and easy . The line runs through the guides effortless and make the line fly through the guides like a dream ,really makes this a very fun rod to use when hiking trout streams . The tip is very sensitive to my liking , but still a great rod . I put this rod together with a Pflueger President Spinning Reel 6930 and 6LBS maxima UG Line that make a great marriage for killer trout fishing
 Great Rod - Great Price
Comments: I'm strictly a trout guy - spend 2 months each year fishing in the Yellowstone area. I have tried a lot of different trout rods over the years including the high end big name big dollar rods. In my opinion this $39 Shakespeare has them all beat! The tip is lively even with the smaller fish yet the rod is stout enough to handle the lunkers from Yellowstone Lake. Just a great all around rod, its the only rod I take with me each year, and you cannot beat the price!
Plant City, Florida
Love it
Pros: Does everything I want it to do. Even had sensitivity to it for bad fishing. Really like the eyes on it.
Comments: Would give it a 5 star rating just for the quality of the eyes.
Plant City, Florida
Love it
Pros: Does everything I want it to do. Even had sensitivity to it for bad fishing. Really like the eyes on it.
Comments: Would give it a 5 star rating just for the quality of the eyes.
Plant City, Florida
Love it
Pros: Does everything I want it to do. Even had sensitivity to it for bad fishing. Really like the eyes on it.
Comments: Would give it a 5 star rating just for the quality of the eyes.
United States
 What a stick!
Pros: compact size, light weight
Best Uses: freshwater and saltwater, shore fishing, kayak fishing
Comments: I'm not a fisherman. I just like to toss the lure here and there. This rod in medium weight, 5'10" one piece with my reel easily handled the three 10# salmon I caught recently. Lightweight upgrade from the generic rod I had before. Casts very nicely, too. or maybe I'm getting better. Thanks FishUSA
United States
 First choice for years
Pros: Reasonable and tough
Comments: My wife and I have been using Ugly Stik ultra light rods for years. We keep extras when the family come fishing with us. Two years ago, my wife hooked a large sturgeon and played it for over a half hour. We got a look when it surfaced. She lost the fish because it straightened the hook. While fishing sea trout, I hooked and landed a 50 pound nurse shark. We have caught a lot of cats, walleyes, northern in the 10 pound range. All on 5.5 ft Ugly Stik ultra light rods. So, these rods are tough. But, we like to pan fish and enjoy the action of the light rods. We finally had to replace one- a fish snatched it out of the boat. It was like losing a great friend. One negative-we have one 2-piece rod that comes apart on a cast. Nothing a little super glue won't fix. But when we buy a new rod, it is one piece.
San Diego, CA
 GX2 rod takes it to the surf
Pros: 2 piece, Balance
Comments: This is a nice 2 piece rod that at 9 feet in length is great for surf fishing. I prefer a one-piece, but at 9', you need 2 pieces to get it into the car and down to the beach. A nice flexible, quality rod that has performed well in it's audition and time will tell if it's the new "go-to" rod for the Pacific Surf. Has done well on the surf perch, the Halibut, Corbina, and Calico bass are on the agenda.
South Texas
 Ugly Stik GX2
Pros: light
Comments: Great rod for the money, lightweight and strong. Matched the 6ft 6in medium with a Simano Symetre 2500fl and the balance is very good. Shipping by FishUSA was quick and ordering process flawless. Looking forward to the next one.
United States
Good performance for low price
Pros: great guides, new handle, cheap, sensitive tip
Cons: none so far
Comments: I enjoy using this rod, it is light but can still handle large fish. I like the new look as well and it performs just as well as any other expensive rod, however not as sensitive as they are.
Northen California
 Perfect rod for the price
Pros: cheap, light, sensitive tip
Cons: soft
Comments: Got a 9 feet medium and a 6'6 medium. The 9' one is paired with Okuma Avenger 40 and the 6'6 is paired with Lews speed spinning. The 9' one is for big river and big lakes. It even cast 8oz weight with no problem (the river I am fishing in has really strong current). However, the rod is a little on the soft side. One day, I accidentally hooked three sturgeons while striper fishing. All three escaped during the fight. The whole outfit is outgunned of course, but the main reason is that the rod is too soft for a deep hook set. I then bought a ugly stik tiger specifically for sturgeon. The 6'6 one is my cheap crankbait rod. It is soft and sensitive (among fiberglass rods). I use it mainly for rat-l-trap for LMB. Fish usually hook themselves by loading the rod. Together with the lews speed spinning, it casts a mile. Both the rod and the reel are light. I can cast them the whole day without a problem.
Shakespeare Ugly stickGX2
Pros: Balance, one piece guides
Comments: purchased the 7 ft. UL for pan fish. like the clear tip.
Thumb of Michigan
 great price
Pros: quality for price
Cons: none so far
Comments: I bought the 5.5 medium rod to fish while wading for smallmouth bass in the Lake Huron shoreline. I like the feel, design, and price of the rod; though the medium was stiffer than I thought it would be.
Salem, OR
Best rod for the price (from prior model)
Pros: Length, flexibility, Affordable price
Cons: Does't fit between my car doors
Comments: I have used the 9' ugly stick for salmon and steelhead. I have had the rod bent into a complete u wile fighting a big Chinook. It doesn't quite fit in my car between the two doors. I broke the tip off just under the unbreakable part. I had another tip put on it and it still works great.
 So much better than the old version!
Pros: everythings better than the old version
Cons: nothing
Comments: Lighter faster smoother looks way better!!
Manama, Bahrain
Avid Angler
 Ugly all the way!!!
Pros: new design, one piece guides, new handle
Cons: none so far
Best Uses: freshwater and saltwater, saltwater and freshwater
Comments: Just received the New Ugly stiks after so much anticipation, with lots of videos watched on a well known media channel....Worth the wait! Excellent service from Fishusa and the rods are superb.newly designed matte black with one piece guides! This has been a problem with my previous Uglys as I used to experience pop outs regularly. The rods are more sensitive than any previous models .The handles are lovely crafted Eva .One just washes with soap and water once finished the red accent on the handles. Well done Shakespeare and well done Fishusa for offering me a wonderful product.
Good (from prior model)
Pros: Good Value
Best Uses: Surf Fishing
Comments: Durable
patchouge ny
 Best rod for money  (from prior model)
Pros: long cast, Accurate Casting, Affordable price, Durable
Best Uses: spinning fishing for pickerel or yellow perch
Comments: Great rod for the price. Excelent for spinning , equvalant of st croix or lamiglas .
Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
 Durable and Reliable (from prior model)
Pros: Quality Contruction
Comments: I enjoy the Shakespeare 9' Ugly stick for ocean shore fishing. It is well constructed and handles good fish battles with ease. I had an okuma rod and the guides broke off two of my okuma rods. The Shakespeare is superior in cnstruction and appearance. Good price and FishUSA shipped it to an APO address, whcih is awesome. Thanks Fish USA>
 Nice Pole for the Money! (from prior model)
Pros: Inexpensive!
Cons: Nice Pole!
Best Uses: River Fishing
Comments: One cannot beat the price of this pole for what you get!
Roseville, Ca
 Great Buy (from prior model)
Pros: Sensitive, Good Tip Action, Excellent Price, Durable, Lightweight, Flexible
Best Uses: Large Fish, River Fishing
Comments: I use this rod with my antique DAM QUICK 270 Super Spinning Reel with 100 lb Super Braid line for sturgeon and salmon.
 Great Trolling Rod! (from prior model)
Pros: Durable, Flexible, Accurate Casting, Good Tip Action, Sensitive
Comments: Bought for trolling for large mouth, med size stripers and wipers and works great. Perfect length for trolling!
UPState NY
 Great rod (from prior model)
Pros: Accurate Casting, Sensitive, Flexible, Good Tip Action
Cons: No cons that I have found
Best Uses: River Fishing, Large Fish
Comments: This rod is great for handleing big fish and putting the powein your hands.
Upstate NY
 Great Fishing rod (from prior model)
Pros: Lightweight, Sensitive, Flexible, Good Tip Action, Durable, Accurate Casting
Cons: No cons that I have found
Best Uses: River Fishing, Large Fish
Comments: This is a great big fish rod and will not let you down.
Corona, Ca
 "Perfect Lure Placement" (from prior model)
Pros: Good Tip Action, Sensitive, Accurate Casting, Durable
Cons: No Cons Found
Best Uses: River Fishing, Large Fish, Ocean Fishing
Comments: This baby make it easy to cast light or heavy weight lures right where you want them to be, and the action is so good that it seems unfair to the fish "Bite and Fish on in a instant" I run this with Shimano Baitrunner 6000D and 4000D and the Salmon and other species dont stand a Chance.
Pierre SD
 Just what I needed [...] (from prior model)
Pros: Good Tip Action, Flexible, Durable, Accurate Casting
Best Uses: Large Fish, River Fishing
Comments: These rods were for salmon fishing in Lake Oahe and fit the bill nicely. They bend evenly and work well for both casting as well as double for downrigger rods. Ugly Stiks are a very universal type rod and take abuse well.
Fishing Fanatic Char
Hamlin NY
Professional Angler
 Excellent performance for Salmon (from prior model)
Pros: Durable
Best Uses: Large Fish
Comments: At Fishing Fanatic Charters we use 9' medium action ugly sticks on all of our downriggers. The rods are strong enough to land 35 pound salmon yet flexible enough and forgiving to allow even novice anglers a better chance at landing the big fish. We highly recommend this fishing rod.
Hooked on OBX
Fayetteville, NC
 Great action and lots of fun (from prior model)
Pros: Good Tip Action, Sensitive, Accurate Casting, Easy To Transport
Best Uses: Ocean Fishing, Surf Fishing
Comments: Loads of fun, great sensitivity and action.
Delmar, NY
 Excellent Fishing Rod (from prior model)
Pros: Flexible, Accurate Casting, Sensitive, Good Tip Action, Durable
Best Uses: River Fishing, Ocean Fishing, Large Fish
Comments: I use this rod for King Salmon and stripers. It has a soft enoungh tip to feel light pick ups and yet it has a very strong backbone so you can really put a lot of pressure and the big Salmon.
Washington, PA
Professional Angler
Great multiple purpose rod (from prior model)
Pros: Flexible, Durable
Best Uses: Large Fish, River Fishing
Comments: Would be a fine salmon rod but purchased as an extra striper rod for the Delaware river and will be used for catfish, carp, and other live bait applications. Nice trolling rod for average sized musky and pike. At this price level not many other rods will last you as long as an Ugly Stik.
 Shakespear Ugly Stik 9 ft (from prior model)
Pros: Sensitive, Flexible, Easy To Transport, Durable, Accurate Casting, Good Tip Action
Best Uses: Large Fish
Comments: Locally this rod is hard to find thank God for this online store. I bought two rods, I trout fish and having a spare is a must.
Mr Fisher
Seattle, WA
 Works great for me, love it! (from prior model)
Pros: Good Tip Action, Sensitive, Affordable price, Flexible, Durable
Best Uses: Salmon Fishing, River Fishing
Comments: I use it for river fishing from the shore. Cought 17 pinks so far. Very flexible and sensitive. I think it is a little heavier than the rods with cork handle but it is still light enough for all day fishing. Love it.
Berkeley, CA
 Unbelievable Value (from prior model)
Pros: Flexible, Sensitive, Accurate Casting, Durable, Good Tip Action
Best Uses: Ocean Fishing, River Fishing, Large Fish
Comments: I bought this mostly for lure casting in the San Francisco Bay, for schooling stripers, 5 to 15 pounds on average. It is replacing my 35 year old Fenwick. I have to say that the quality and materials today are much superior. I actually paid more in 1970's dollars (for the Fenwick) than I did for this excellent graphite rod. I have caught hundreds of bass, both in California, and in the surf of Martha's Vineyard (on vacation) on the old Fenwick. It is time to retire that rod, and use its replacement.
Bradenton Florida
The right pole for wading for redfish. (from prior model)
Pros: Easy To Transport, Sensitive, Flexible, Durable, Good Tip Action
Best Uses: Terra ceia bay, River Fishing
Comments: My two new poles were setup with Penn slammers, a 460 & 560 with 20lb. power pro. Casting with side wind gusts just needed some adjusting to hit the target dropoff.Open bail sensitivity was great so we could feel the redfish play with the bait before they took it and ran , that's when the pole goes to work,flip the bail raise the rod tip and let the fish set the hook.If Disney could duplicate the feeling of a boiling redfish on the end of these poles they would have their longest line.
Redfish city, Bradenton , Florida
How do I know??? (from prior model)
Pros: Flexible, Durable, Good Tip Action, Sensitive
Best Uses: River Fishing
Comments: My old Intrepid titanium 8'.6" won't go anywhere but down the chain to the next angler.The new version is what I can't wait to hook up that next "Thumper Redfish" that might not be small enough to keep but transmits every tail fip back to me through the line and pole to me. I'll let you know how it works out.
los banos ca
 Shakespeare Ugly Stik 9#39; Medium Spinn (from prior model)
Pros: Easy To Transport, Accurate Casting, Flexible, Good Tip Action, Durable, Sensitive
Best Uses: Small Fish, Ocean Fishing, River Fishing
Comments: its a great rod i really like
Joey J.
Luzerne, PA
 Perfect Salmon Spinning Rod! (from prior model)
Pros: Good Value, Durable
Comments: Spent a full week on the Salmon River and landed 61 kings. This rod is tough! You can really put some pressure on some big fish with this rod and with no problems.
Kerman, CA
 Perfect flexibility (from prior model)
Pros: Accurate Casting, Flexible, Good Tip Action, Durable, Sensitive, Easy To Transport
Best Uses: River Fishing, Ocean Fishing
Comments: Flexible and sensitive enough for half pound trout but can take much larger fish like strippers and steelhead as well. Could be considered as a longer general purpose rod. Typical Ugly Stik super construction. Has backbone and VG curve to absorb the energy from larger fish to prevent line wear or breakage, but it's NOT a noodle rod. I've paired it with a Penn 5500Sg and it's a great fit. Could easily sell for much more that they do. Well worth the money...
Phil Lives
 Excellant Product (from prior model)
Pros: Good Tip Action
Best Uses: River Fishing
Comments: Bass Fishing
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