Shakespeare Ugly Stik Ugly Tuff™ Spinning Reel
By: The Angler
One of the oldest brands; if not the oldest, recently launched a spinning reel called Shakespeare Ugly Stik Ugly Tuff™. Famous for their unbreakable rods (Ugly Stik) back in the 80s to 90s; Shakespeare is well known for their pocket friendly price points rods and reels. They focus more on rods, gear, accessories, and not so much on reels (they do occasionally launch reels).
[ The new Shakespeare Ugly Stik Ugly Tuff™ spinning reel comes in a simple uncluttered look… ]
Shakespeare is also the champions of bringing families together via fishing with the Take A Kid Fishing, a well-known program in America. I am not sure if they still run this program but it certainly is nice to see them launch a new reel; the Shakespeare Ugly Stik Ugly Tuff™ spinning reel. Thumbs up to Shakespeare.
Simple looking reel. No frills; all function.
The new Shakespeare Ugly Stik Ugly Tuff™ spinning reel comes in a simple uncluttered look. Certain things stand out such as the embossed Ugly Stik brand on the body of the reel and on the handle. Built and colour wise the Shakespeare Ugly Stik Ugly Tuff™ spinning reel comes in a black Ugly Tuff aluminium body, gun metal grey Ugly Tuff machined aluminium spool, and rounded black EVA handle grip or red rubber grip for smaller reels.
Bigger reels get an EVA handle grip.
When it comes to drag; the Shakespeare Ugly Stik Ugly Tuff™ spinning reel uses an oil felt drag that produces 16.5lb to 24lb of maximum drag pressure depending on size. For the benefit of those not in the know; oil felt drag system is a popular drag system back in the day and is still used today on many reels especially those that are budget friendly. This does not mean that the oil felt drag system is no good or out dated. They are a long proven drag that will certainly help you manage your battles.
Ugly Tuff Aluminum Body
Ugly Tuff Machined Aluminum Spool
Ugly Tuff Graphite rotor
5-ball bearing system
Fans of Shakespeare fishing tackle, reel collectors, and those with a lower budget may want to consider the new Shakespeare Ugly Stik Ugly Tuff™ spinning reel should you be in the market for a reel. For reel collectors and fans; Shakespeare reels are not many and they do attract eyes when you display them. As for those who want a budget friendly reel; this is it.