Being an ugly stick man for over a decade I wanted to get a new rod for father's day and boy was I happy. This rod uses blue thread (my favorite color) instead of the traditional orange on the other ugly sticks. The real is nice and shiny and reels smooth. I have been doing a lot of bass fishing lately and I can easily tell if I am hitting bottom, rocks, or weeds. This thing was sensitive enough to feel the light taps of a panfish or crappie all the way up to the 6+ lb pike I caught the other day! I wish I could submit a picture of that beauty and boy did it fight! For line I use 10 lb Berkley Sensation. The only con I would have for this rod is the cork on the handle. I wish it would go all the way to the real so I wouldn't have to wrap my hand around the hard plastics. Just more of a comfort thing really.