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Question by maynardtl8. Uploaded on November 13, 2012
i love ugly stick
Thats what i was thinking, small game. I have a couple regular ugly stiks but i think i might try out the ugly stik lite for the little bit of added sensitivity. Now for the reel to put on it...
If you fish rough country or use ATV's a lot the Ugly Stik is hard to beat.
I've gotta agree with the ugly stick. HOWEVER, if you're buying it with a baitcasting reel, make sure you get a reel that is controlled by magnets, not friction instruments. The first baitcasting reel I bought was friction-based and it bird-nests unpredictably.
Yeah, i like the magnetic brakes. One dial, easy to use, pretty idiot proof. As far as the rod goes, Ugly stik it is!
I think that dollar for dollar it is hard to beat an Ugly Stick, but there are a lot of companies that do make very good rods. I am currently trying a new Lew's Speed stick by Lynn Reeves with a new Lew's Speed Spool reel on it. So far it has been very satisfactory and Mr. Reeves has lived up to his promise to bring honor to the Lew's brand name. I worked for Lew back in the early seventies when he started the Speed Stick line and introduced the first ergonomic disengaging levelwind baitcast reel to the world, the BB1. Lew had a bicycle company called Shimano build that first reel for him which put Shimano into the baitcast business. Lew died during the late seventies in a plane crash and his company, which had played a huge part in helping to shape the future of the whole bass fishing industry, slowly faded into history. So I send kudos to Mr. Reeves for his efforts so far with the bringing back of the Lew's trade name and I would gladly recommend that you try the new Lew's products. But I still like the US Reel 1000 Pro series reels the best for my personal fishing. I taught bait casting classes for a number of years using the least expensive series of Pinnacle baitcast reels, the Platinum Plus LP100. Everyone that I taught with those reels became proficient with them. Now I use the 1000 Pro series and/or the 600 Invader series reels by US Reel when teaching someone to baitcast. There is no magic reel for baitcasting that will not backlash and yet still cast good distances with light weight lures. I have tested a few reels that claim to be backlash proof, but they are dialed back so far with braking systems that casting performance is extremely reduced. I have found that when the cast controls on these reels are backed off to get reasonable performance, they backlash just like the rest. But if you learn to cast properly and practice enough, backlashing is a non-issue with any model or brand of baitcast reel. I myself cast bareback using no cast controls at all, just my educated thumb on the edges of the spool only. I learned many years ago that thumbing the line can still let the spool itself rotate some and when enough loose line builds up at the bottom of the spool, the slack will eventually cause a backlash. But remember even pros that fish almost every day will sometimes get what they call a professional over run.
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