Honestly I'm not impressed - made them less functional for me and its $10 more per rod. They also have a longer handle on it which I hate. Plus I approached them for the Mafia tournaments and they pretty much spat in my face. May look into some other rods.
I did basically that with the Ugly Stik Tiger Lite rods. Didn't come out so well as if you were not careful it melted the rubber - and was hard to get a symmetrical outcome. (Yes, we all have a little OCD).
Post by Happy Camper on Oct 28, 2015 22:10:09 GMT -5
Its a shame they change such a good thing,I've got a 7 ft ugly that I use every trip thats close to 30 years old,has no finish left on it, from being in the sun..Out lived 4 or 5 others and keeps on ticking.The old eagleclaw pumpkin colored rods were good too.
Well, they had been $40 at BPS and pretty much everywhere but Gander Mtn for quite a while. Not sure how Gander kept them at $30.
Yea, walmart had em for $30 also, but now that has changed. Never used the quik draw rod holders. Always had Driftmasters, and now have Monster rod holders. I like the 0/33 degree dual angles. Need something to hold up to a 100lb. catfish. But....... these rod holders are BIG!!!! Some of my smaller rods are now obsolete, which is fine with me.....
I got 2 of the new rods in today. Thought about cutting the gimbal end off, but the rod blank extends down into the gimbal end. So I took a dremel tool with a sanding disc and just went around the thickest point till it fit in my rod holder easily. Can't hardly tell I trimmed it down. Took like 10 minutes to fix both rods.
Cool. I'll hit mine the same way. With the others I took a much more aggressive sander to it and it quickly heated / melted the rubber. Of course I tend to gravitate to the Tim Taylor school of thinking when it comes to using power tools.
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I have had 8 of those yellow eagle claw popping rods for about 15 years now and although not the prettiest they are tuff as nails . They have had the crap beat out of them and not a single problem with them , ever.
Post by Happy Camper on Oct 29, 2015 20:27:25 GMT -5
Seajay,I still have 3 or 4 of the old eagle claws too weights beat the finish of them but still use them some.Buy the way met you and your dog at vista condos one morning couple years back.Seapro sv2100 white with 150 yamaha on it.
Here is what the advertisement says about the GX2 which has been out for about two years:
Shakespeare® Ugly Stik® GX2™ Casting Rods
A rod that has stood resilient while battling fish since 1976, Shakespeare's Ugly Stik GX2 Casting Rod is redesigned for dominating the line between toughness and sensitivity. A strong, yet light rod you can rely on that delivers balance and sensitivity with Ugly Tech™ graphite and fiberglass construction. Ugly Tuff™ guides yield maximum durability and reduce the rod's overall weight. Clear Tip® design adds extra strength right where you need it and senses the lightest strike. EVA foam grips ensure a tight hold that won't slip when wet. Backed by the manufacturer's seven-year warranty for seasons of worry-free use.
Graphite and fiberglass construction is one of the best all around designs normally called E-glass or S-glass when more graphite is added for lighter weight and more flex. These rods are a lot more expensive than normal fiberglass rods. So $40 is a good price compared to Fenwick rods in this construction class.
There is not much information on the new Ugly Striper rod other than they say it is Ugly Technology.
Ugly Stik® has designed this series specifically for Striper. All Ugly Stik® rods feature the Ugly Stik® Clear Tip® for sensitivity, Ugly Tech™ construction for toughness and durability and Ugly Tuff™ one-piece stainless steel guides.
A search of Ugly Tech construction leads to the GX2 construction which is fiberglass and graphite.
Gander Mountain has a scary price of 10 percent off on online orders since it has an ugly butt.