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ChadS  
#21 Posted : Saturday, February 3, 2018 1:19:37 AM(UTC)
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I am an ugly stick fan. I have 3 of them. Because of the price, I use and abuse them like crazy: depth probe in murky water, whack branches out of the way, if I am falling (which happens often) I just chuck it out of the way, jab stuck spinners off of logs, branches, rocks, etc.

After fishing a particularly murky river with my brother, who tends to buy nice rods, he said to me, "I see why you buy those now."
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#22 Posted : Sunday, February 4, 2018 3:22:39 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for this info guys.
I have several U/L & L rods.
Fenwick, G Loomis, St Croix and a couple others.
I don't care for them.
I am going to Cabelas today to get some ammo and a few spools reloaded.
I am going to get an Elite and a GX2 U/L.

As in my fly rods, I have tried the pricy stuff, just didn't like the feel.
Now I will take the advice of the sage, well seasoned, crack research staff here on the DTA!!!

Reports to follow, just wish I could post pictures......


All the best,
Stan b
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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#23 Posted : Sunday, February 4, 2018 11:30:17 PM(UTC)
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So I looked all over today for a 5' UL.
All I could find was the Ugly Stik Pro Lite.
Any opinion on the Pro Lite?

So, I may just order the GX2 on line.
Save 10%.

Does the 5' UL 2 pce offer any dis advantages vs. the 1 pce?

The advantage is it would fit in my rod case with my fly rods.

Thanks,
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
NBrevitz  
#24 Posted : Monday, February 5, 2018 12:35:35 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: stan b Go to Quoted Post
Thanks for this info guys.
I have several U/L & L rods.
Fenwick, G Loomis, St Croix and a couple others.
I don't care for them.
I am going to Cabelas today to get some ammo and a few spools reloaded.
I am going to get an Elite and a GX2 U/L.

As in my fly rods, I have tried the pricy stuff, just didn't like the feel.
Now I will take the advice of the sage, well seasoned, crack research staff here on the DTA!!!

Reports to follow, just wish I could post pictures......


All the best,
Stan b


What model St Croix do you have?
"I fish because I love to: Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness."
stan b  
#25 Posted : Monday, February 5, 2018 1:18:46 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: stan b Go to Quoted Post
Thanks for this info guys.
I have several U/L & L rods.
Fenwick, G Loomis, St Croix and a couple others.
I don't care for them.
I am going to Cabelas today to get some ammo and a few spools reloaded.
I am going to get an Elite and a GX2 U/L.

As in my fly rods, I have tried the pricy stuff, just didn't like the feel.
Now I will take the advice of the sage, well seasoned, crack research staff here on the DTA!!!

Reports to follow, just wish I could post pictures......


All the best,
Stan b


What model St Croix do you have?

I don't anymore.
I got it at Gander mntn, the tip broke, I took it back.
St Croix wouldn't replace it, wanted me to pay to ship it to them for an assessment.
So I returned it to Gander.
I was friends with several people there so they did me good.
Evidently this was a common issue.

Now I have 2 Fenwicks and a Berkely Stinger graphite and a Gander Guide Series L.
A 4 pce Shakespeare and a collapsible traveler from Gander from years ago when I went to Alaska.

Stan b

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"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
NBrevitz  
#26 Posted : Monday, February 5, 2018 1:51:37 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for this info guys.
I have several U/L & L rods.
Fenwick, G Loomis, St Croix and a couple others.
I don't care for them.
I am going to Cabelas today to get some ammo and a few spools reloaded.
I am going to get an Elite and a GX2 U/L.

As in my fly rods, I have tried the pricy stuff, just didn't like the feel.
Now I will take the advice of the sage, well seasoned, crack research staff here on the DTA!!!

Reports to follow, just wish I could post pictures......


All the best,
Stan b


What model St Croix do you have?

I don't anymore.
I got it at Gander mntn, the tip broke, I took it back.
St Croix wouldn't replace it, wanted me to pay to ship it to them for an assessment.
So I returned it to Gander.
I was friends with several people there so they did me good.
Evidently this was a common issue.

Now I have 2 Fenwicks and a Berkely Stinger graphite and a Gander Guide Series L.
A 4 pce Shakespeare and a collapsible traveler from Gander from years ago when I went to Alaska.

Stan b

Yep, they normally want you to ship it back first. I love my premier oufit, great balance, not too whippy. You can try it out once we get out fishing together. It’s a little light for Walleye but I’ve landed 5 lb Browns and 4 lb Brookies on it so it’s tough enough.

"I fish because I love to: Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness."
stan b  
#27 Posted : Monday, February 5, 2018 2:07:54 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: stan b Go to Quoted Post
Thanks for this info guys.
I have several U/L & L rods.
Fenwick, G Loomis, St Croix and a couple others.
I don't care for them.
I am going to Cabelas today to get some ammo and a few spools reloaded.
I am going to get an Elite and a GX2 U/L.

As in my fly rods, I have tried the pricy stuff, just didn't like the feel.
Now I will take the advice of the sage, well seasoned, crack research staff here on the DTA!!!

Reports to follow, just wish I could post pictures......


All the best,
Stan b


What model St Croix do you have?

I don't anymore.
I got it at Gander mntn, the tip broke, I took it back.
St Croix wouldn't replace it, wanted me to pay to ship it to them for an assessment.
So I returned it to Gander.
I was friends with several people there so they did me good.
Evidently this was a common issue.

Now I have 2 Fenwicks and a Berkely Stinger graphite and a Gander Guide Series L.
A 4 pce Shakespeare and a collapsible traveler from Gander from years ago when I went to Alaska.

Stan b

Yep, they normally want you to ship it back first. I love my premier oufit, great balance, not too whippy. You can try it out once we get out fishing together. It’s a little light for Walleye but I’ve landed 5 lb Browns and 4 lb Brookies on it so it’s tough enough.


I'm looking specifically for an UL trout rod.

The bigger Fenwick L is perfect for steelhead.
When I see some fish starting to move up the river I'll let you know.

Soon I hope.
But.........it's single digit temps again this week.
Looks like snow everyday though.

Stan b
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
NBrevitz  
#28 Posted : Monday, February 5, 2018 2:53:16 AM(UTC)
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Stan, I’d get a light action. Ultra lights are fun, but you won’t have the power to cast spinners larger than 1/4 ounce with any accuracy. In my experience, a 5’6”-6’ Light action is your best bet for an all around rod in the Driftless. I’ve got an 8’ Fenwick ML for big fish up north of the border.
"I fish because I love to: Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness."
rschmidt  
#29 Posted : Monday, February 5, 2018 4:41:12 PM(UTC)
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I'd stay away from the prolite Stan. I just had my first ugly stick malfunction on one of my 5year plus old 5' UL models. I accidentally sacked a rock in the cold and broke the top eyelet ceramic insert. I am replacing with a 5'6" L GX2 Ugly Stick. I do like the UL 5' but will try a new GX2 as there are no eyelet inserts. All SS guides. Happy Fishing. R
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rschmidt  
#30 Posted : Monday, February 5, 2018 4:42:30 PM(UTC)
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You want the GX2. R
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