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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jig Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite J...
2 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jig Spinning Rods are durable, yet surprisingly lightweight. These rods offer anglers leverage for better pulling power and increased sensitivity for control throughout the cast. These rods are outfitted with comfortable EVA handles with contoured fore-grips and rubber gimbals, one-piece stainless steel double-footed guides, and conventional reel seats with stainless steel cushioned hoods. Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jig Spinning Rods are built tough and a...
$79.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jig Casting Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite J...
3 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jig Casting Rods are built specifically for jigging and bottom fishing. These rods feature EVA handles with contoured fore-grips and rubber gimbals for added comfort, one-piece stainless steel double-footed guides, and conventional reel seats with stainless steel cushioned hoods. Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jig Casting Rods offer anglers leverage for better pulling power, and increased sensitivity for control throughout the duration of the cast.
$79.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite S...
3 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Spinning Rods are extremely versatile and can be used for many species. With new Ugly Tuff guides, these rods provide maximum corrosion resistance and continues to have their legendary toughness.
$79.95
Shakespeare Travel Mate Pack Rods
Shakespeare Travel Mate Pack Rods
5 Models available
Shakespeare Travel Mate Pack Rods are the ideal rods to have, whether traveling the country or just to your favorite fishing hole. These rods are collapsible making them easy to take anywhere.
$14.99 - $19.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Fly Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Fly ...
2 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Fly Rods utilize an Ugly Tech construction that combines graphite and fiberglass for maximum strength. An Ugly Stik Clear Tip adds strength, but remains super sensitive. These rods have maximum corrosion-resistance and are designed for bigwater fly fishing.
$69.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Spin...
5 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Spinning Rods offer the long-lasting durabilty known of the Ugly Stik brand. These rods are lightweight, yet still have high break strength. Powerlux 500 resin blank construction evenly disperses tension while hauling in that trophy catch.
$59.99 - $69.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Trolling Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Trol...
4 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Trolling Rods are tough and dependable. Built using Ugly Stik Clear Tips and the combination of graphite and fiberglass blanks, these rods are offer strength and sensitivity. Ugly Tuff guides provide maximum corrosion resistance.
$59.99 - $69.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Casting Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Casting...
6 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Casting Rods are extremely versatile and can be used almost anywhere. With Ugly Tech construction, these rods combine graphite and fiberglass to offer strength and sensitivity. can fit any application. Ugly Tuff guides provide maximum durability and eliminate insert pop-outs. Ugly Stik Tiger rods are great for large catfish, stripers, and bigwater gamefish.
$69.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Casting Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite C...
2 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Casting Rods are extremely versatile and can be used for many species. With a higher graphite content, these rods are lighter and more sensitive than ever. Ugly Tuff guides provide maximum durability, while the shrink tape over EVA handles provided an improved grip.
$79.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Spinnin...
3 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Spinning Rods are versatile rods that can be used across many species from coast to coast. These rods feature Fuji graphite reel seats with cushioned stainless steel hoods, durable EVA grips, and strong fighting butts. The famous Ugly Stik construction gives these rods an advantage for fighting trophy-sized fish.
$69.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Crappie Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Crappie Spinn...
3 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Crappie Spinning Rods offer the classic toughness and durability known from the Ugly Stik series. These rods utilize the Ugly Tech construction and Ugly Tuff stainless steel guides for the ultimate in performance and strength. The Clear Tip design adds increased sensitivity so you can feel even the slightest bite. Shakespeare Ugly Stik Crappie Spinning Rods are tailored perfectly for the needs of crappie and bream anglers.
$39.99
$33.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Catfish Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Catfish Spinn...
2 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Catfish Spinning Rods are tough, medium action rods designed specifically for catfish anglers. These rods utilize the Ugly Stik Clear Tip, which provides increased sensitivity for easier bite detection. Built using Ugly Tech blank construction and Ugly Tuff stainless steel guides, Shakespeare Ugly Stik Catfish Rods offer the durability and performance needed to land that monster catfish.
$39.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Catfish Casting Rod
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Catfish Casti...
The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Catfish Casting Rod is designed specifically for catfish anglers. This rod is built using the Ugly Tech blank construction and Ugly Tuff stainless steel guides for toughness and durability, plus the Ugly Stik Clear Tip for increased sensitivity and easier bite detection. This combination offers just the right amount of flex in the tip, but plenty of backbone to land that monster catfish. The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Catfish Casting Rod gives you more bang for your buck, wi...
$39.99
Shakespeare Noodle Ice Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Noodle Ice Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Noodle Ice Spinning Rods are lightweight ice rods that offer quality and performance at an affordable price. These rods are built with a Tennessee-style, full cork handle for those anglers who prefer not having a fixed reel seat. The super-reactive, hi-vis tip provides easy detection of even the lightest bites.
$12.99
Shakespeare Agility Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Agility Spinning Rods
7 Models available
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Shakespeare Agility Spinning Rods are constructed of graphite composite to provide lightness and sensitivity. Shakespeare Agility Spinning Rods are built with quality components, including comfortable High Tech Grips for superior grip and stainless steel guides with stainless steel inserts. Agility Spinning Rods are great for a variety of species and fishing applications.
$24.99
Shakespeare Crappie Hunter Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Crappie Hunter Spinning...
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Shakespeare Crappie Hunter Spinning Rods feature actions tailored specifically for crappie and bream fishing. These rods are built of durable, IM-6 graphite blanks with comfortable EVA grips. Shakespeare Crappie Hunter Spinning Rods have a bright orange, high-vis tip to ensure you see even the lightest bites. Crappie Hunter rods are excellent for a variety of crappie fishing applications, including spider rigging, vertical jigging, and casting small jigs.
$29.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Spinnin...
17 Models available
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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rods are made of graphite and fiberglass which makes them have a lighter weight, increased sensitivity, and better balance than other rods. These rods are virtually indestructible and won't let you down when you get a trophy fish on the line. Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rods have newly designed guides that provide maximum durability with all types of lines and eliminates insert pop-outs. The Ugly Stik Clear Tip delivers extra strength right where you...
$49.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Casting Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Casting...
5 Models available
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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Casting Rods have the perfect balance of sensitivity, durability, and strength. This makes them a perfect all around fishing rod for any technique. These rods have 35% more graphite than the Ugly Stik GX2 models for a lighter weight and increased sensitivity and are virtually indestructible. Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Casting Rods have newly designed guides that provide maximum durability for use with all types of lines and eliminates insert pop-outs.
$49.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Salmon & Steelhead Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Salmon ...
7 Models available
(1)
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Salmon & Steelhead Spinning Rods have lengths and actions that are specifically designed for salmon/steelhead fishing. These rods are made of graphite and fiberglass which makes them have a lighter weight, increased sensitivity, and an overall better balance than other salmon/steelhead rods. These rods are virtually indestructible and won't let you down when you get a monster on the line. Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Salmon & Steelhead Spinning Rods have newly designed...
$69.99
Shakespeare Wild Series Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Wild Series Spinning Rods
14 Models available
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Shakespeare Wild Series Spinning Rods are lightweight and loaded with features. They have sensitive IM-6 graphite blanks, light weight stainless steel guides, and comfortable full Hybrid Tech grips. The Wild Series is designed to deliver superior performance at a great value in a salmon and steelhead rod.
$29.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Sp...
4 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Spinning Rods have been redesigned and infused with enhancements that go beyond cosmetics. Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Spinning 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 Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Spinning Rod balances ...
$39.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Casting Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Ca...
2 Models available
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Casting Rods have been redesigned. Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Casting Rods deliver improved quality, durability and dependability without compromising the heritage, strength and tradition of the original. Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Casting 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. Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies Casting ...
$39.99
Shakespeare Micro Series Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Micro Series Spinning Rods
7 Models available
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Shakespeare Micro Series Spinning Rods offer sleek cosmetics and perfect for all types of ultra-light and light fishing. The Shakespeare Micro Series Spinning Rods are the best value in the ultra-light/light market.
$19.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Pack Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning ...
3 Models available
(3)
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Pack 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. Ugly Stik GX2 Pack 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.
$39.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning ...
20 Models available
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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. 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.
$39.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Casting Rods
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Casting Rods
15 Models available
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Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Casting 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. Ugly Stik GX2 Casting 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.
$39.99
Shakespeare Tidewater Bigwater Casting Rods
Shakespeare Tidewater Bigwater Cast...
6 Models available
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Shakespeare Tidewater Bigwater Casting Rods are strong, durable, affordable rods constructed of heavy-duty solid glass. Tidewater Big Water Rods feature a combination of EVA and slick butt grips, as well as graphite reel seats. Select models of Shakespeare Tidewater Boat Rods are equipped with Stuart roller guides and tip tops.
$49.99 - $89.99
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Big Water Fly Rod - Closeout Model
Shakespeare Ugly Stik Big Water Fly...
2 Models available
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The Shakespeare Ugly Stik Big Water fly rods are tough rods at a great price. They feature a graphite inner core and an E-Glass outer layer, Shakespeare's exclusive quick-taper "Clear Tip" design, premium cork handles, graphite twist-lock design reel seats with rubber cushion inserts, a hook keeper, two stripping guides and a manufacturer's five (5) year warranty. These rods can also be used as a drift rod with a spinning reel rather than a fly reel.
$59.99
$44.99
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At a Glance: Fishing Rods

A fishing rod is a stick-like piece of fishing equipment used by an angler to manage and control fishing line, which is stored on a fishing reel and mounted to the rod. Fishing rods range in size from 18 inches up to 20 feet and can be built with exact specifications and characteristics for specialized uses. Fishing rods have been around for thousands of years in crude forms, made from any readily available wood, becoming increasingly sophisticated as materials and technology advance. Bamboo became the material of choice for producing lighter and more flexible fishing rods, and remains an option for nostalgic fishermen and rod manufacturers today. Modern fishing rods are constructed from fiberglass, graphite, or carbon fiber in the never ending pursuit of strength, sensitivity, and durability in lightweight configurations.

The main part of a fishing rod is the blank, which is the rod or sections of a rod without any added parts. Blanks are rated for power and action. Power relates to the strength of the fishing rod in reference to the weight of lures, as well as the fish they can handle. A heavy fishing rod not only allows an angler to throw a heavier lure than a medium fishing rod, but it can withstand more of a fight when trying to land or control a strong, heavy fish. Action is in reference to the flexibility of the blank, in both casting and on the hookset. A fast action fishing rod will pull fast and tight on the line for a quicker hookset, and a slow action rod will have a softer, almost delayed hookset. Longer rods can act as shock absorbers when fighting strong fish with light lines, whereas shorter rods with heavier lines offer greater leverage for maximum control and strength.

Components attached to a fishing rod blank include the handle, reel seat, hook keeper, and line guides. Line guides are small loops or rings permanently attached to the blank at specific intervals to guide the line to and from the reel. They also force the rod to bend as pressure from the terminal tackle or a hooked fish increases. Some fishing rods have plain cork or foam handles where the reel is mounted in place by use of sliding rings or tape. Most fishing rods feature permanent reel seats to attach the reel at a specific point on the handle. The location of the reel seat can drastically affect the leverage and comfort for an angler while casting and retrieving line, and while fighting a fish. Hook keepers are small loops on some fishing rods, and are designed to have a lure or hook temporarily held in place for travel or storage.

Fishing rods are manufactured for specific techniques and species of fish, as well as for use in freshwater or saltwater. The rod models available at FishUSA include spinning rods, casting rods, trolling rods, offshore rods, surf rods, fly rods and spey rods, centerpin rods and ice fishing rods. Travel and pack-rod versions of some of these rod types are also available for the angler on the go. Rods can be made in one-piece configurations which give the greatest strength and sensitivity, or in multiple pieces for ease of travel and storage. Many fishing rods over five feet in length are available in two to six piece models. Modern materials used for ferrules allow fishing rods with multiple sections to be nearly as strong and as sensitive as one-piece rods. While some rods can perform well as an all-around fishing rod, the modern angler can shop for the perfect fishing rod for their preferred style and budget.

The top five brands of rods at FishUSA are Okuma, Daiwa, Shakespeare, St. Croix and 13 Fishing.