There are thousands of different fishing rods available to choose from, and sometimes the most simplistic are the best. I have found that to be true with the Shakespeare Ugly Stik Spinning Combo rod and reel. This combination works out to be one of the most versatile and simple to use rod and reel available.
I first chose the Classic Ugly Stik combo when my teenagers were moving up from their beginner rods and reels. I decided on this particular model after researching for one that was versatile because we fish in so many different areas and types of waters. The Classic Ugly Stik lives up to its name: it really is ugly. However, it works great too. It has a simple rod that can be pulled apart for easy clean up and storage. The reel is a spinning reel that can be locked into place or left to spin. The Ugly Stik Classic Spinning Combo comes in several different heights and rod power, which makes it even more versatile.
The only downside to this rod and reel combo that I found is that the reel tends to get stuck often and does not pull the fishing line as taut as other reels do.