Does the Patriarch have the guts to reign at the top of Plfueger reels? (continued)
When Zander tested the President and Supreme, he found that those reels didn't
produce a whole lot of drag pressure, the President coming in at only 5.5 pounds
while the Supreme gave a tad more at 6.2 pounds of starting drag. With the
Patriarch our test machine showed a good improvement in the drag system having a
starting drag force of 8.9 pounds and dynamic drag of 7.5 pounds, which is
plenty for the majority of bass anglers and those using it for light saltwater
The stack of drag washers, a tad
larger than a US Quarter, produces 7.5 pounds of drag pressure when buttoned
The drag system, which consists of a stack of
three pair carbon plus metal disks,
produced smooth pressure throughout the settings. It has a fairly low start-up
and did not feel jerky at all. During battle I was able to finely adjust
the drag with the help of the clicking drag star giving me control of incremental settings.
profile design is easy to palm all day. The reel grips are ergonomic and holds
Ergonomics: At 8.4 ounces, the
Patriarch weighs only 0.1 ounce less than the Supreme putting it about average in its class prior to the 2009 reel releases where suddenly, the trend was to go lighter. Pflueger hasn't redesign this popular reel because it has
been doing well but perhaps they will give it a weight reduction in the coming
year. We just hope that if they go this route, that this does not effect the reel's performance.
Here's a look
at the aluminum frame of the Patriarch
The Patriarch gets minimal
porting on the frame but some of its weight can be attributed to the cosmetic detailing that give the reel its killer appearance. In addition, don't forget this reel features an all aluminum frame and sideplates, and a dual brake system. All of this adds weight but if you want both
centrifugal and magnetic cast control, there's just no getting around this fact.
This is the
wide spool version
Otherwise, 8.4 ounces is
really not bad as this baitcast reel feels good in hand and is very comfortable to palm especially when compared to the Supreme and
President reels. The handle knobs are super and very welcoming to grip all day.
sideplates are made of aluminum
gave the Patriarch all they've got, making this reel as durable as it can be.
First the frame and both sideplates are fabricated out of lightweight aluminum
giving it a solid construction. The frame and sideplates are then Titanium
coated for pure protection. Out of the six plus months that I've been fishing
this reel the overall construction has been holding well, and the coating does
its job against boat rash and knocking against other reels on the boat. But if you want to
ensure no scratches, you can use the provided neoprene reel bag when the reel is not in
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