ITS BLUE wrote:
you can get some good rods in ur budget.First of all do an anaylysis,where will you fish & the max line will u use.
If you need to travel take 2pc rod(daiwa) or sitting in local pond take shakespeare.
I agree with BALA that shakespeare is sturdy more as it is single piece & has a line capacity from 6-15lb wrt 6-12lb in daiwa crossfire.
Guides in Shakespeare ugly stik classic's are not so good gets cut for braided line,I have changed it to Fuji guides,2nd investment in 2nd year.
I have the both But somehow I am a little passionate on Daiwa for easy accessibility & parts availibility.
The stick can be any reputed brand but you need to enjoy with it.
Hi ItsBlue, The UglyStik Classic 5' 10" is a 2 piece rod and i use the most abrasive Berkley Fireline Original Fused line on my sargus 4000. You most probably is referring a different model which in case must be true. I have the UglyStik salmon steel head rod also and the guides as mentioned by you are not the best one for braid. The guides in Classic 5' 10" is quite unique in its construction (thick guide inserts and double footed guides unilke the daiwa rod) considering it is primarily a fresh water rod.