Currently have a 7' Shakespeare UglyStik Lite, for $30 I cant complain it has taken 1" blue gills all the way up to a 26" Walleye with ease (have yet to have a fish die from exhaustion due to rods inability to quickly land fish). Its durable and dependable my only complaint is it doesnt quite have enough backbone for consistant hook sets on bass, it works and I still catch plenty but I also miss a few because it doesnt set the hooks hard enough.
Im wondering if there is a rod that is gentle enough for fishing for stocked trout in Idaho's lakes/reservoirs, but also strong enough to give me slightly better hook sets on bass?
Ive gotten to where I am MOSTLY fly fishing for trout and spin fishing for bass but somedays I just have to switch it up. I only go bass fishing on occasion or when I have nothing better to do. Im currently going to school up near Coure D'Alene Idaho and there is some awesome bass fishing that I would like to go hit this fall and early summer.
I have $150 that MUST be spent at Cabelas (gift card) Would you, keep ugly stik for small fish and get a new rod and reel for bass and other big fish? Or Buy rod for both and keep ugly stik as back-up?