I have "allot" of Ugly Stik "Striper rods". (see link on side bar to my Ugly Stik review) I absolutely love the parabolic action of a 7'6" Ugly Stik "Striper" for my float-rig fishing. You can't break one, and you don't pull the hook on a Trout with such a light parabolic action. But, we sure do catch big Reds with them right up against the big jetty rocks.
The gas prices sure have slowed things down. So with that said, It was ROD maintenance day!
I un-rigged 12 rods, cleaned them till like new, and then re-rigged them up again. Which took hours. But it's worth it. I take pride in my tackle and like to see it last. The first Shakespeare Ugly Stik "Striper" rod I ever bought is back clean and looking like new again. And it's at least 4 years old.
That's what I love about those rods, also. NO FLUFF B.S. They just work.
Here's how I do it: