The new Patriarch XT weighs in at only 6.8
Patriarch XT Casting Reel: It probably started two or
three years ago when manufacturers saw the demand for lightweight low profile
casting reels. That's when every reel company under the sun tried to come out with a lightweight model. Pflueger joins the game by taking their top of the line baitcaster resulting in
the Patriarch XT. This reel is only 6.8 ounces compared to the original
Patriarch that weighs 8.4 ounces. The weight reduction comes from a few
different design features, one of them being the use of a carbon fiber handle
with EVA knobs and a soft-touch thumb bar spool release.
A Carbon Fiber handle contributes to
the light overall weight
The Patriarch XT is made from a rigid aluminum
frame, and sideplates, you might have guessed one side would be graphite to
reduce weight but that's not the case. The casting reel has titanium coated
aluminum sideplates for a super strong construction.
EVA knobs are used
Additional features include a machined double
anodized aluminum spool that's ported for more weight reduction. You won't lose
any smoothness with the reel as it still uses 9 double shielded stainless steel
bearings, one-way clutch instant anti-reverse bearing, precision cut aluminum
gears that produce a gear ratio of 6.4:1 speed, carbon fiber drag system,
and the Ultimate Brake System that uses both centrifugal and magnetic brakes with
the ability to make external adjustments, and a titanium line guide.
Palming the Patriarch XT
The new lightweight Pflueger Patriarch XT low
profile reel will be available around October 2009 and will retail for only $249.95.
Sorry Cal it only comes in a right handed version. Perhaps next year we'll see
Patriarch LPL Lefty Casting Reel: FINALLY!!!!! We are probably not the
only ones screaming that. The Pflueger Patriarch has been a popular reel
especially after it was redesigned, but what was missing was a left hand model.
Pflueger is finally filling this
gap that has been missing for years.
Cal approves the new lefty
Introducing the new Pflueger Patriarch LPL, a
left-handed version of the original Patriarch casting reel. It has all the goods
of the right-handed model. Details can be seen in the full in-depth
review of the right-handed Patriarch. The price will be the same,
$199.99, and the lefty reel will be available in October 2009....finally.
Redesigned Echelon and Criterion Casting Reel:
Two low-profile reel series from Pflueger that won’t break the bank yet provide
exceptional performance at a value price are the Echelon and Criterion
baitcasters. The reshaped body on both reels gives a better fit in the hand
providing the angler comfortable fishing for extended periods. The new vibrant red color on
the Echelon and rich blue on the Criterion give both of the reels a bold look.
The Echelon and Criterion completely
redesigned for 2010
The 8.0-ounce Echelon features a slightly faster retrieve gear ratio of 6.4:1
and includes the popular operation and construction elements of the original.
The 5+1 bearings include 5 double-shielded stainless steel bearings and a
one-way clutch IAR bearing. The frame and sideplates are made from reinforced
graphite. The reel’s multi-disc main gear applied star drag remains smooth and
the adjustable magnetic brakes allow for controlled casting. MSRP for the
Echelon is $59.95.
In addition to a new shape and color, the 7.7-ounce Criterion now is equipped
with adjustable magnetic brake control. The reel retains all the proven features
with a 6.3:1 gear ratio. Bearing configuration is 4+1 including 4
double-shielded stainless steel bearings and a one-way clutch IAR bearing. The
one-piece lightweight graphite frame is joined with a machined and anodized
ported aluminum spool, Soft-Touch handle knobs provide comfort and control.
Retail price for the Criterion is only $49.95. Both reels will be made available
The Pflueger Arbor Combo won ICAST
Best of Show for Combos
Arbor Spinning Reel: Spinning anglers who prefer a wider spool on a spinning reel have
another option to try in 2010. The new Pflueger Arbor features an oversized
large arbor spool that winds the line onto the reel in larger loops. This
reduces line memory and the large arbor allows the line to come off the spool
more smoothly when casting braid, fluorocarbon, or monofilament fishing lines.
A closer look at the ICAST Winner
The Arbor spinning reel frame is made from a
combination of aluminum and graphite, houses 7 stainless steel bearings plus one
clutch bearing, graphite rotor, Sure-Click bail, aluminum bail wire, and a
double anodized aluminum spool. Another advantage of the large arbor spool is the
ability to support a smooth sealed drag system that incorporates a larger than
typical carbon fiber washer. The bigger the washer the smoother and cooler the
drag will run.
Wide large arbor spools still
remain in production and offer benefits when it comes to both casting and retrieves
Two Arbor models are offered. The 8.5-ounce Model
7430 has a maximum drag of 10 pounds and can be loaded with 160 yards of 8-pound
test braid or 120 yards of 6-pound test fluorocarbon or monofilament. Model 7440
weighs 11.2 ounces and can be spooled with 250 yards of 15-pound test braid or
150 yards of 10-pound fluorocarbon or mono. Both reels sport a 4.3:1 gear ratio
and can be configured n either right or left hand retrieve. The new Arbor spinning
reel retails for $79.95 and will be available in November 2009.
Conclusion: We aren't kidding when we said Pflueger is stepping it
up this year. They took the "Best of Show" for "Combinations" with their Arbor spinning
reel combo. With the introduction of the lightweight, 6.8
ounce Patriarch XT we have yet another lightweight option, and other release of
a lefty in the proven Patriarch will expand the reel's popularity. It has been
an exciting ICAST for Pflueger and we're glad to
see them moving up in the game, the more choices the better for consumers,
especially in such a hotly contested space.