Ugly Stik GX2 Review

  • By: fishlovers
  • Date: July 15, 2023
  • Time to read: 4 min.

Ugly Stik GX2 Fishing rod review

During the mid of 2013, Shakespeare released a new and an upgraded version of the ugly stik that was known as the GX2. This new and upgraded ugly stik also had a great value added to it just like the predecessors of this stik.

Fishing rods by Shakespeare have always been durable and dependable and with the introduction of this new gx2, the brand has done it again. It has delivered as always a more durable and dependable product to its customers. Whenever someone talks about ugly stik, the one thing that instantaneously comes into our minds is durability and value.


This new and upgraded version of ugly stik is indeed a budget-friendly fishing rod that has been equipped with some refined features.

These rods have so much value to them, that they even compete with the expensive fishing rods in the market.

In the summer of 2013, Shakespeare released this upgraded version of ugly stik in the market.

This new gx2 is packed with a lot of features and value.

It also has some upgrades that definitely attract the pro anglers as well and will make them excited.

If we consider the price of these fishing rods by Shakespeare, then these cost approximately 40 dollars. The price is indeed quite reasonable and affordable.

After buying this rod at this price, you will definitely not feel guilty about your purchase. This series of ugly stik has been in the competition since its inception.

This rod has been giving a lovely performance since then.

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Key features – Ugly Stik Fishing Rod

The key features of this ugly stik gx2 include;

  • Comfort
  • Appealing matte-black finish
  • Lightweight
  • 2 piece rod construction
  • More durable
  • Signature clear tip and casting
  • Increased performance
  • Power and reel-seat design
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Durable EVA grips
  • 7 years warranty
  • Affordable

Upgraded features

As I have already discussed that this gx2 is an upgraded version of the ugly stik. This new ugly stik gx2 has many new features including the graphite plus fiberglass composition that gives the rod a clean matte-black finish and look.

Well, I do prefer this matte black finish of the rod. It is also lighter and is very easier to cast.

Furthermore, the balance point of the rod has been shifted to its butt-end. The redesign of this rod guides it into a single piece of stamped stainless steel that adds to the durability of the already rugged design.

This new and upgraded rod indeed feels good in the hand and is easier to use. It is so comfortable to use that at the end of your fishing day, your forearm is not going to feel so worked out.

Appearance and design

If we talk about the comfort level of this gx2, then it is indeed very much comfortable even after hours of fishing. If we consider the new EVA grips, then these enhance the comfort level of the ugly stik.

These grips work excellently even in wet conditions. Fore-grip of gx2 is also very big. For more leverage, one can lock the rear grip under the elbow while catching a big fish.

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Also, this upgraded finish of the ugly stik is very attractive. This brand new matte-black finish of the rod is very much appealing.

Aesthetically, this rod features professional and sporty looks. This ugly stik gx2 does not have a bulky appearance.

Also, the weight of the rod is quite light. It is because of the lightweight materials used in the rod. And thus it makes it a good choice because many anglers do prefer lightweight rods for fishing.



The new ugly-tech features a combination of fiberglass and graphite.

This upgraded design provides and incorporates more strength into the rod.

There is also increased use of graphite in this upgraded gx2 rod that makes it even more lightweight and durable.

The gx2 is also equipped with stamped stainless steel design that makes the rod extremely durable and almost impossible to destroy.

Clear tip

If we talk about the signature clear tip of gx2, then it basically provides the sensitivity that makes it possible to feel even the lightest strike.

It is designed in such a way that it doesn’t interfere with the casting distance.


This gx2 is a hybrid between fiberglass and graphite that enhances the performance of the rod.

This blend of materials provides the rod with the sensitivity of graphite along with the durability of fiberglass. Ugly stik gx2 also packs in it a massive lifting power. The reel seat design provides you with a conventional as well as twist-lock design.

Both of these systems keep the reel secure. So, overall this ugly stik gx2 is a beast in terms of its key features and performance as well.

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This gx2 has some remarkable durability and is even backed up by several years of warranty.

This rod is even corrosion-resistant and there would be no issues with using this rod in saltwater environments because one can easily wipe them clean.


What I conclude is that this new and upgraded gx2 is suitable for freshwater as well as saltwater conditions and environments.

After explaining all of these features, I do not think that something is left to say about this gx2. It is a complete package that has some amazing features in it. Along with having these extreme features, the price of this rod is also very reasonable.

Despite having this much low price, the rod has many attractive features in it and is indeed many steps ahead of its competitors.

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