Pflueger Patriarch Spinning Reel
JDM QUALITY AND DESIGN
As a finesse fisherman, Daiwa and high end tackle user, I was surprised how light the reel was, how smooth it is, and the drag works exceptionally well. I use this reel all the time. I also clean it after every trip (with all my equip) and oil it every few months. the value for $199 compares well with some of my reels that I paid much more for. I have caught some large bass on this and never had any issue with the reel. It has now replaced my heavier and more expensive spinning reel that used to be my "go to" reel, mainly due to the lightness of the reel, and the increased touch I have with it. You know its a great reel when you don't even think about the reel when you are using it.
September 11, 2013
I read several pages of reviews and was actually a bit surprised to find negative feedback/Reviews. I fish five days per week, weather permitting. I used Pflueger Supreme XT 35 and 40's on St Croix Mojo INSHORE, a D - Ballistic and KVD Quantum's. Keep'em clean and drag plates free of garbage and they are like new still (Three years for some). Most recently I got my wife a new Avid Pearl St Croix and put the Patriarch on it with my standard Tuff-LINE XP PRO 30# Braid. I took it School (Bass) fishing on the St Johns while she was at work the first two times it was used. (Side note, I research Braid a lot and I count Casts along with a lot of other info when making a decision about what line to use) I made between 450-500 casts each day with her pole/reel. (St Croix out did their selves with this Rod). No Issues with the performance of the reel. Because of the need to SPEED Retrieve, the gear ratio is not perfect for this type of school fishing but the casting was smooth and "as long" as my Long-caster. The reel was taken and used on our vacation to Louisiana. Caught Several Drag Burning Red's on those two days. Back home on the Indian River, she has three Black Drum over 10 #'s (and they burn drag) and several Trout. I took it apart and could find very little evidence of any use on the drag plates...gears, I cleaned out and re-greased.
One last thing, take the Spool off your Spinning Reel. Look inside the reel (right down by the bottom of the shaft) to find a SMALL hole. This hole is there so that WATER passes through. So, most are engineered to allow water to get inside. This goes for the majority of Low to 240.00 range. Look at the PRICE for a Reel that does not have a hole...it is engineered to keep WATER out, very few. You CAN put a little grease on the end of your finger and PLUG the hole if you'd like.
August 4, 2013
Buy something else
I have the 9540 on a med/hvy st. croix mojo bass rod. The reel was great and very smoothe for the first 100 casts or so, then the whole bail spring mechanism broke and would open only 1/2 way and not close. Under the arm through a gap you could see plastic pieces and the spring floating loose. This was the first day of use and only 2 fish were caught on it, it was brand new. I have cheaper pflueger reels on some other rods that see a lot of abuse and are still perfect. A $200 dollar reel should be of better quality.
July 27, 2013
Great...until it gets some water inside
I've used it to fish streams for trout. Taken good care of it, but could not avoid dropping it in the water (or, simply, splashing water over it) a couple of times. Started grinding hard and coming to a halt almost immediately after each time. When I opened it up to clean and grease it, I discovered it took significant amounts of water inside. Once I removed the water/grease slime and re-greased it, it worked smoothly again. Tends to have similar issues when you fish with it in light rain.
You'd think a $200.00 reel should be somewhat waterproof.
June 23, 2013