Titanium line guide,
Ultimate Brake System, Machined, ported and double anodized aluminum spool,
Titanium finish, Neoprene reel cover
Impressions: As stated in our review of the Supreme, the new generation of Pflueger baitcast reels are more aggressive looking
and the Patriarch is no exception featuring a
lower profile design and a much more modern appearance. The reel features incredible detailing throughout resulting in an
appearance that immediately speaks of "top of the line".
Introducing the Pflueger Patriarch
The Patriarch features an aluminum frame and side plates along with titanium coating for corrosion protection. The reel has a machined drag star and
handle with gold highlights - a detail reflected on the machined,
ported aluminum spool. This shallow but wide spool holds 130 yards of 14 pound
The Patriarch comes in both a 6.4:1 and a 7.1:1 gear ratio each of which house 10 double shielded stainless steel ball
bearings plus one roller bearing. Like the Supreme, the Patriarch also features
the Ultimate Brake System which is a combination of centrifugal plus magnetic
cast control. A nice addition to this premium reel is a thick neoprene reel cover to protect the reel during transportation or when not in use.
The reel comes in 6.4:1(shown
above) or 7.1:1
for Patriarch Tests
Spiderwire Stealth Camo
12 lb. Trilene Fluorocarbon
Field Tests: We fished the Pflueger Patriarch in and around local bass waters including the California Delta. I fished it with various techniques including pitching plastics and jigs into tules, tossing
crankbait and spinnerbaits, and of course my favorite technique, topwater lures
such as a buzzbait and stickbaits.
Rated for Medium Freshwater and Light Saltwater
Casting heavy and weightless lures comes easy with the Patriarch. This baitcast
reel features a shallow ported spool design that starts up without much effort.
This allows anglers to cast light lures without much resistance from the spool.
When slinging larger lures to a distant targets, the Pflueger Patriarch does an
Ultimate Brake System has dual cast control. Here
is the centrifugal brakes
To prevent nasty birdnests Pflueger employs
their "Ultimate Brake System" which consists of a combination six pin centrifugal brake and
magnetic cast controls. The six pin centrifugal brakes are very simple to access
and engage or disengage securely with little feeling they'll pop off during adjustment. The
centrifugal brakes does a good job at controlling your cast as it starts up but after that, cast control duties are taken over by the magnetic brakes. I found that the externally adjustable magnetic
brakes are great for fine tuning the amount of braking power as you toss different weight lures or when
the winds change. Ten settings can be selected with just a quick turn of the
magnetic cast control dial. In addition the reel has an easy to grab,
non-slip spool tension knob that has audible clicks for fine adjustments.
The other part of the Ultimate Brake System,
externally adjustable magnetic brakes
Retrieve: From my very first time on the water with the Patriarch, the reel felt smooth and refined as I tossed various cranks to get a sense of the reel's performance. I was not disappointed and could feel the benefit of the reel's high bearing count. Even after six months of continued use, the Patriarch still feels fluid even when under heavy load of a deep diving crank.
Five magnets are used
We tested only the 6.4:1 gear ratio
Patriarch, but this version felt powerful enough to toss high-resistant baits such
as deep dive cranks and certainly had enough muscle to pull fish out of heavy vegetation. For those who
opt for more speed Pflueger does offer the Patriarch in a high-speed 7.1:1 gear
ratio. But sorry guys, the Patriarch does not come in a left-hand retrieve - not yet anyway.
To remove the handle, tighten the drag star all
the way, then press the star towards the reel frame. This should disengage the
locking mechanism and you will be able to turn the handle from the shaft
The reel continues to impress thanks I am sure to the quality
components. The reel is
solid without flex in the aluminum frame which is surrounded by aluminum
sideplates. The handle has zero backplay and every retrieve and
hookset is dead on.