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Gear Review: Ugly Stik Ugly Tuff Youth Combo

WHAT IS IT?

Ugly Stik Ugly Tuff Youth Combo

WHAT SETS IT APART?

Ugly Stik owns a well-established tradition with immediate name recognition. You hear the name and you know what this straightforward, no-frills brand brings to the table — rugged durability and hard-to-beat value. The brand expands with a line of combos aimed at the youth market. Built tough with components that’ll last, each combo comes prespooled with 6-pound line, so young anglers can get right to fishing.

HOW DO I USE IT?

Available in spinning and spincast models, each Ugly Tuff Youth Combo reel contains one ball bearing and a one-way instant clutch anti-reverse for a smooth feel. Rubber shrink tube handles ensure a firm grip, while the rod features top Ugly Stik components, such as Ugly Tuff one-piece stainless-steel guides and the Ugly Stik Clear Tip design, for consistent performance. Ugly Tech rod construction combines graphite and fiberglass for strength and sensitivity.

HOW MUCH?

$59.95

MORE INFORMATION:

Purefishing.com

ANGLER’S INSIGHT:

If you think of youth anglers just starting out on their course to serious angling interest, budgets often stand rather slim, but the need for dependable, durable tackle is huge. Going even younger, equipping youngsters with high-end outfits isn’t necessarily wrong, but the appreciation/application level may not yet be there. Ugly Stik seems to have hit a happy median with solid combos that will serve well the youth angler’s needs without breaking the bank.