Shakespeare Ugly Stik Big Water Fly Rod - Closeout Model
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Big Water Fly Rods are tough rods at a great price. These rods feature a graphite inner core and an E-Glass outer layer, Shakespeare's exclusive quick-taper "Clear Tip" design, premium cork handles, Fuji graphite twist-lock design reel seats with cushion inserts, a hook keeper, and two stripping guides.
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Big Water Fly Rods come with a five year manufacturer's warranty.
Ratings & Reviews
Nothing Beats an Ugly Stik for Salmon in Pulaski, NY
by Geiger -
I recently fished the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY with 3 different Big Water Ugly Stiks. They all performed flawlessly even though they were literally bent in half while attempting to net these huge salmon by myself. There were others guys fishing nearby who had their $200 fly rods snapped in half and all my quide friend would say to them is don't waste your time with those expensive rods. Get an Ugly Stik.
One Heavy Flyrod
by Wini -
As others have pointed out, this is a heavy flyrod. I actual purchased for my son-in law to use, since he regularly breaks fishing rods.I wanted a heavy rod with a warranty and that's what I got. We use for Salmon fishing . He likes it, but too heavy for me to use after about a half hour..
Perfect time for review request from Fish Usa
by Dogfather -
This was the perfect time for my review request from Fish Usa. I just caught a 38lb Striper on this pole day before yesterday. It handled the fish like a dream. Has plenty of backbone for big fish. I like the action and length of a fly rod, but use it with very small conventional level wind reel loaded with 15lb test for live bait, instead of traditional fly rpd gear. A fly rod like this has the action and power I was looking for I can't seem to find without having a custom expensive pole made. If the guides were all like the first two stripping guides throughout, and the handle was 6 inches longer, it would be the perfect rod that I am looking for.
I am so glad to find a Fly rod that will last. I am tired of the fancy name brands that do not last. If you fly fish for big steelhead, and salmon. You must have one. Great price too!
Best flyrod ever
For everyone that loves these flyrods. Lets see if we can get Shakespear to make the Uglystik lite again. I've owned and worn out many of these flyrods. Broke a few too. Would absolutely tell you that there isn't another flyrod out there that will hold up as well to the punishment steelhead and salmon put on a rod. My favorite was the Uglystik Lite. Sure wish they would still make em.
Excellent Rod For the Price
Great fly rod at a good price. This rod is a bit thicker than my redington crosswater 8 wt fly rod but I cant feel the difference between them regarding weight. Casting is also no worse with this rod than my Redington Croswater, action on either rod seems about the same. I am currently using it with a Redington Surge 7/8/9 reel with WF8F fly line.
ugly stick fly rod
by dadlompoc -
This is a heavy and very sturdy rod. Because of its weight it is difficult to cast one handed for long periods of time. I recommend a two handed technique to overcome this problem. Not a long distance performer due to its slow action. Overall a good value because of the low price.
Great Value- well made
9ft 10W, perfect for Salmon on the river in NY. They are on the heavy side.. but so is a 25lb King Salmon!
Best bang for the buck
by south florida panda. -
To start off very good value for the amount of money you're spending. Very stiff rod but the rod will take a beating. My current setup is the wright & mcgill 11-12 wt reel and with this rod very good.
ROD LOOKS GREAT
by SKIP -
ROD LOOKS GREAT DIDNT GO FISHING YET GOING TO PULASKI NY AT END OF SEPT
very good rod for the money. can't weight to try it out
SHAKESPHERE UGLY STICK 9WT.
by buddman -
great first fly rod
needs more graphite and less fiberglass to lighten it up. needs more length/ action/ weight options
10 wt. ugly stick flyrod
by big Mike -
I live in Washington state,,and like to fly fish for steelhead and salmon..the fish may run from 5lbs to 40lbs..This rod can handle anything you catch..few rods at any price can turn a 20lbs plus salmon in a river without worring about it breaking,,,,happy camper!!
'Walk softly . . .'
by tallfirs -
A big stick with great action.
Not really that UGLY!
by Salmon Joe -
I used my friend's Ugly Stik for first time fishing salmon and immediately bought my own.
Shakespeare Ugly Stick Big Water Fly Rod
by Bear -
One of the BEST rods I've ever used. It'll land the WHOPPERS!! NO PROBLEM!!!
ugly stick poles can't do no wrong
by Jeffyboy -
this pole is perfect for fly fishing, trolling flies, and with a sensitive tip it is perfect for still fishing.
Do You Want To Catch Fish?
You can spend big bucks buying top name fly rods but this rod will do the same thing for a lot less money. If you would by chance break this rod(which I doubt) your not going to suffer a great loss,except loosing a good rod. With good line it has a very sensitive touch, good action and durable. What can I say, It catches Fish!!! A Happy Owner who is planning to buying a second rod, you can't go wrong!
best for my type of fishing......
by none -
not as heavy as some say, if you want to put the fish on the bank this is the rod.. 8/9 wt. for kings and no probs no matter how fresh.
Good rod for the $
by Phlyphishin -
I use this rod for salmon fishing and wind mono on a fly reel for short drifts. This rod is pretty much unbreakable and worth the money. It will handle large fish and a heavy line with no problem. I worried more about the hook being ripped out of the fish's mouth than breaking the rod while catching salmon. This rod does feel a bit heavy towards the handle after casting for long periods of time compared to other fly rods.
Good Value - Big Fish Rod
by Salmon KId -
Just what I was looking for I needed a strong rod for Michigan Salmon. Can't wait to try it out next fall.
This rod can not disappoint you.
by B Shutter
I have fished with these rods around and in Lake Ontario for over 15 years. I've given away 3 to nephews. I will loan them to anyone because I have seen the abuse they will take. If you break one of these rods,(8-12#wt.) you will be embarrassed to tell anyone how you did it, because they won't break with a fish on up to thirty pounds! Perfect rod for any child or first time Salmon or Steelhead fisherman.
by Marko -
Have landed 20 - 30 lbs. Salmon with this rod. Price is very good for the quality.
8/9 wt Shakespeare ugly stik big Water
by joe -
I haven't had a chance to try yet but I plan on using it for salmon,steelhead and pike I own a few ugly stik casting and spinning rod's and they never let me down. Very affordable for the price and rod's you can count on to bring the big one in.I'll give it a four star rating on good faith for the product in general.