Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Combo

Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Combo is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 392.
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The Shakespeare® Ugly Stik® GX2™ Spinning Combo marries the lightweight design for the GX2 with the perfect Shakespeare reel, maximizing balance and performance. The construction is lighter than ever and features the same toughness anglers have come to expect from a rod with the Ugly Stik name. The Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Combo takes the guesswork out of building the ideal Ugly Stik combo.


  • Spinning combo
  • Lightweight design with improved durability
  • Ugly Tech™ rod construction combines graphite and fiberglass to create a sensitive rod with exceptional balance
  • Ugly Tuff™ line guides are newly designed for superior durability
  • Ugly Stik® Clear Tip® senses the lightest strike without losing strength
  • Brand: Shakespeare
  • Country of Origin: United States of America or Imported


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Tech Specs:

ModelRod LengthPowerPiecesRetrieveReel SizeBearings
US20SP481ULCBO4'8"Ultra Light1Interchangeable203+1
USSP661MH-40CB6'6"Medium Heavy1Interchangeable402+1
USSP701MH50CBO7'0"Medium Heavy1Interchangeable502+1
USSP702UL25CBO7'0"Ultra Light2Interchangeable253+1
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GX2 Spinning Rod No ugly stick has ever failed me. The old Ugly Stiks where great I just felt not quit stiff enough. This GX2 is very durable, virtually indestructible and with one piece stainless steel guides is a wonderful addition. The sensitivity is something you have to experience  yourself. You can feel when you rub the log, bounce the bottom, hit the grass or when the lightest inhale takes place of the lure. The most important I have not missed...... a STRIKE! I am satisfied with this product and it's performance. I just bought the rod, I don't know much about the reels for it. I have always trusted Ugly Stik and they have provided me with smiling days.
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome This combo is great. For the price i got me the 7 MH for rockfish aka strip bass and catfish. I have caught several 15-20lb rockfish with this setup and no problems at all considering i have heard a lot of bad reviews about the cheap reel that is on it. What i am really proud of is catching a 30lb flathead catfish using this rod along with 17lb mono line. The rod pretty much Flexed like a U when the fish went underneth the boat and i was sure it was going to break. It didnt. The reel did feel a little bit sloppy but if u think about it, its only a $10 reel. For the price i would suggest picking the combo over just the rod. Just keep the reel as a back up
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from GREAT ROD ^v^v^ HORRIBLE REEL I bought two of the UL combos on 04/06/2015 at the store in Harrisburg, PA for trout season. As the headline says the rod is GREAT! (I expected nothing less from an Ugly Stick). The dissapointing part was the reel. Right off the bat while putting line on one of the reels it started clicking, the other sounded like it was full of sand (constant light grinding). I'll be tearing apart both reels this evening to clean and rebuild. If that doesn't fix the problem, they'll be going in the garbage and I'll be shopping for a better quality reel. I highly recommend purchasing the rod only (USSP481UL) and putting the $20 difference towards a better quality reel.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this rod and reel! I worked for a camp in Maine as a fishing instructor this past summer and I purchased this rod/reel combo as an instructor rod. Both parts stood up to daily heavy use for 7 weeks straight, and once I got home I purchased one for my personal use in Ohio and Pennsylvania. I love this rod for trout fishing while backpacking in PA, and for light fishing in streams and out on Lake Erie. A few of my friends have purchased this rod to use with their preferred reels, but I have found no issues with the stock reel, I love this combo (especially with 6lb Berkley vanish)!
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my Ugly Stik! This rod is amazing, I feel everything that touches my line, plus I love the new look, my favorite colors with the traditional Ugly Stick diamond pattern and clear tip, I have heard that the reels aren't the best, mine was a slight bit gritty, but after a cleaning and light oiling it feels amazing, I had planned on putting a Penn fierce 2000 reel on my GX2, but I won't do that until the reel that came with it stops working. I am very satisfied with the GX2, and plan on purchasing the new Ugly Stick Elite here very soon.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1st Ugly Stik I read all the reviews on this rod and other reviews from different websites and it seemed like a great buy. I went to Dicks and they had it on sale for $39.99. I was pretty happy with that until my friend who also was buying this rod said lets try Walmart. So after going to Walmart and seeing it was on sale also for $29.99 it was a no brainer and we both bought one. Its the best Shakespear rod that i have purchased out of the 4 I own. We both were shocked to get it so cheap! It worked great and I caught a Bass in the first 15 mins we went fishing. It works great and no problems so far. 7 year warranty is nice also. I like that its 4 bearing and its clearly better then the other 5-7 shakespeare's rods that I saw at Dicks
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice rod The Ugly Stiks get a bad rap from people that really like to spend their money, but for the price they are nice rods. I was also able to get a medium rod that's only six feet long which works well as a flipping/pitching rod for my 5'3" wife. We like them for soft baits but you have to watch your line more closely than I do with my 7'6" medium/heavy (name brand) rod with a fast tip. Of course, that rod cost over a hundred dollars just for the rod. The reel included with this combo is not great, but if you can get this combo on sale for ten bucks off then you are getting the reel for free.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect balance and feel. A year ago my wife bought for my birthday gift the GX2 4'8" Ultra Light Combo. It is my favorite rod and reel for bluegill and rainbow trout stocked by the Kentucky FINS program. I have enjoyed many pleasurable hours reeling in these fierce lake predators. I am fortunate to have permission to fish a private lake with some very nice size bluegills. The GX2 4'8" Ultra Light Combo has a great balance and does a great job transmitting the ferocity of a bluegill or trout struggling to regain its freedom in the water. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2016-05-21
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