Ugly stick made some great blanks. I still have a few offshore rods I built on them. Once you learn the secret to covering up the glass spiral wrap marking you can't tell them from any other blank. Just a little extra work building themBack in the day an Ugly Stick was a viable go to rod. 3 of my 4 tuna rods have ugly stick blanks and have gotten some good laughs out of some fisherman. After 30 years who's laughing now??