2008 ICAST Show - Las Vegas, NV
Pflueger improves upon popular models while Shakespeare introduces new reels
We are still reporting to you live from ICAST. There are so much new products
that we are trying to get them published on TackleTour as quickly as we can.
Continuing with reels that we haven't mentioned yet are a few of the companies
that just joined the Pure Fishing family, Pflueger and Shakespeare. Here we'll
highlight their most exciting offerings displayed on the show floor.
The new President gets a complete
redesign. Notice the lower profile similar to the Patriarch
President Casting Reel:
The Pflueger President baitcast reel has been extremely popular since its first
introduction years back. The reel continues to perform and it was time for the
President reel to get a complete makeover.
Handle side of
the President casting reel
The new 2009 President casting
reel will take on a similar profile as Pflueger's top of the line Patriarch low
profile reel. This actually makes the President feel even smaller than before
even though they are supposed to be the same sized reel.
The reel palms
The President baitcasting
houses 9+1 double shielded stainless steel bearings. The frame is built on a one
piece solid aluminum stock along with a new aluminum handle. The reel also
features a six pin centrifugal brake system, a multi-disc carbon fiber drag
system, and has a gear ratio of 6.4:1. The reel will be available in the
standard and wide version, and right now only in right hand retrieve. The new
President casting reel will be available later this year with a retail price of
The reel is
available in wide or standard size
Medalist Spinning Reel:
The Medalist isn't a new model but this year the spinning reel gets an upgrade.
Because many anglers would use the reel for both freshwater and saltwater
applications, Pflueger knew they would have to make this reel more rugged and
they did so by introducing a redesigned Medalist with an all aluminum
construction. You will see very little plastics used on this reel as it is built
to be tough.
the more rugged Pflueger Medalist
The Pflueger Medalist features
a drive train that's supported by stainless steel ball bearings with a one-way
clutch bearing. The reel uses a multi-disc carbon fiber front drag system that's
sealed to keep the harmful elements out. The frame and rotor are both
constructed out of aluminum to ensure the best ruggedness as mentioned above.
system is sealed
The Pflueger Medalist is
available in 8 different models, ranging from ultralight to heavy saltwater
sizes that are equipped with Power Knobs. The new more rugged Medalist reels
will retail for only $89.95.
of the new Medalist
Shakespeare Deceiver MTL3
Spinning Reel: This year at ICAST there were a lot of good tackle that can
be had for little cost, and one of them is this new Shakespeare Deceiver MTL3
spinning reel that retails for only $39.99.
the $39.99 Deceiver MTL3 spinning reel by Shakespeare
The new Deceiver MTL3 reel
features a hybrid 3-piece body construction that has a mixture of a metal
stem, a metal sideplate, and a graphite body. It houses 9+1 bearings and have a
double-ported aluminum spool. It also features an aluminum bail wire, and
titanium-coated lip spool and line roller.
The thin body
The reel is
offered in a blazing orange finish
There are a total of four
models in this series with the smallest size having a 5.2:1 gear ratio while the
other sizes have a 6.2:1 ratio. The Deceiver MTL3 spinning reel comes in a hot
orange color and as mentioned above will only retail for $39.99.
looking reel for $39.99
This year both Pflueger and Shakespeare actually had a lot of show us but here
we are highlighting the most exciting products. Pflueger redesigns the President
casting reel to give it a smaller profile similar to the Patriarch baitcaster.
The reel actually feels smaller but is the same size capacity as before. The
Medalist gets an upgrade in the durability department, now having the reel made
out of aluminum and much less plastic components, tailoring to both freshwater
and saltwater anglers. And lastly, Shakespeare spinning reels are amazing for
the price. The new Deceiver MTL3 series costs only $39.99, which is an
incredible value reel for its features. This year it's all about quality and
affordable products, where many manufactures like the two mentioned here will be
offering a lot of good products for a great value.