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Does the Patriarch have the guts to reign at the top of Plfueger reels? (continued)

Price & Application: Is the Pflueger Patriarch worth its $199 price tag? In my opinion? Absolutely. This reel is Pflueger's top of the line reel and they put everything in to it to make it so. It might be expensive to some since the Supreme and Summit retail for $169, a $30 difference, but once you grasp the Patriarch you will feel the difference as this reel is in a completely different class.


The reel performs good in casting, even with weightless plastics


On the Pflueger website, the Patriarch is rated for medium freshwater and light saltwater use. It obviously does a superb job used as a bass fishing reel, and though we didn't specifically fish it in saltwater, the reel did double as a striper reel when we ran into schools of them in the brackish waters of the California Delta. It had plenty of muscle to handle striped bass up to 15 pounds during the tests and I'm are sure it will hold up to even more.


A good reel for bass and can easily double for schoolie stripers


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Pflueger Patriarch Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Good overall construction and quite durable. Quality and tight tolerant components 8
Performance Performance that's above the Supreme with good casts, improved drag, and no flaws seen 8
Price Price under $200 for a top of the line reel 7
Features This reel is packed with features such as the Ultimate Brake system where you can use both centrifugal and magnetic brakes to control your casts. It has other great features and for a reel of this price it also comes with a neoprene reel cover 8
Design (Ergonomics) Add cosmetics, features, and a dual brake system will surely add weight but it still comes out to be only 8.4 ounces 7
Application This reel does a good job for bass and light saltwater stuff as we ran into schoolie striped bass. Too bad it can only be used by right handed retrieve anglers 7

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Dual cast control L No lefty
J Aggressive appearance L Feature packed = added weight
J Great performer  
J Feature packed  

Conclusion: When Pflueger first introduced the President a few years ago, that reel did extremely well among those looking for an affordable reel packed with the goods. Then the Supreme came along and finally the Patriarch, which now stands a the top of the Pflueger series of baitcast reels. We asked ourselves if the Patriarch has the guts to be at the top and from our results the answer is yes. The reel's appearance is stunning, with a modern aggressive low profile design. The performance really shines with its dual system cast control where you can make your default setting with the centrifugal brakes first, and then use the externally adjustable magnetic brakes for fine tuning when conditions change. It is available in two speeds and a wide or standard spool size, but unfortunately those who require a left handed retrieve reel will have to wait. Otherwise, for those looking for a topflight, sub-$200 reel, the Pflueger Patriarch should be on your list for it's superb performance, excellent features, and aggressive styling.













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