Daddy’s Lean and
Mean, the Magnesium Pflueger Patriarch Spinning Reel
only does the Patriarch feel smooth but throughout the tests the reel was able
to maintain this level of refinement. There is absolutely no backplay in this
reel whatsoever and while I personally prefer manually bringing the bail back
the bail reset mechanism held up well when cranked back into position. Though
most anglers will never notice it, a very nice touch is the main shaft
construction which is made out of solid titanium. This impacts the fluid feel,
helps the reel maintain smoothness over the long term, and also has the added
benefit of better resisting corrosion.
Inside the sideplate...
keeping with the carbon fiber theme the Patriarch makes use of a carbon drag
system that is sealed deep within the spool. The only way to access this system
is via four screws that release the entire spool assembly. Inside anglers will
find a metal surface on top of the carbon drag washer which is sandwiched firmly
in place. While the drag system looks very advanced the sheer stopping power
does leave a little to be desired. Even it full lockdown the drag system
measured only 6.2lbs. of drag pressure in the lab.
...the main gearing is exposed
also found the range of settings somewhat limited. There was really only three
main settings, wide open, medium and full lockdown and to achieve any decent
amount of counter pressure you really need to wind the drag knob down. Still, in
the field I found that the drag was still effective and while very smooth it
didn’t showcase a whole lot of stopping power.
The Patriarch comes with a spare
aluminum spool, it isn't nearly as nice as the primary spool but it gets the job
one benefit of this is that this drag system does protect light line and will
not allow fish to break the line when running aggressively, just be ready to
patiently work fish rather than horse them back to the boat. The bottom line, a
very slick drag system that does get the job done but is a little light on sheer
stopping power if you like to keep things locked down.
The sure-click bail provides an
audible signal when the bail is fully opened and ready to cast
new Patriarch reel is a leaner, meaner souped up reel that is by the most
aggressively styled Pflueger we have seen to date. Even though it is so
contemporary styled there are styling cues that not only tie the reel to other
Pflueger offerings like the Supreme XT but also reel’s from the company’s past.
Reoccurring design elements include the shape of the spool, the shape of the
frame, and the positioning of the on/off anti reverse switch.
The Patriarch feels very smooth
Ergonomically speaking the Patriarch is a delight to fish with. Every aspect of
this reel feels fresh yet natural. The reel feels light in hand and balances out
well with light rods, even those with split grips. The EVA knob felt very
comfortable, and during this field test I had plenty of opportunities to fish in
the rain where it was easy to maintain a positive grip on the knob even when
The reel is coated inside and out
and resists corrosion well
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