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Reel Review

Pflueger’s “Supreme” Baitcast Offering (continued)

Durability: The Supreme has a matte finish which is a contrast from the President which had a silver finish that was coated with gloss. The Supreme looks like it would scratch relatively easy, but after seasons of use the Supreme is devoid of any boat rash. The Supreme also exhibited no performance problems whatsoever and we deliberately did not service the reel at all during the entire period. The reel continues to feel smooth and the only cosmetic item we encountered is some discoloration on the external cast control knob due to oxidization. 


The Supreme's exterior is painted a light green, and overall it is matte in appearance

Price & Applications: When we reviewed the President it retailed for 129.99 (interestingly while we bought the reel retail for this price most online stores are now charging 139.99 for the President) and the Supreme retails for 179.99. The Supreme is no longer the flagship reel for the brand, that honor goes to the new Patriarch baitcaster which retails for only 20 dollars more than the Supreme.

Handles are soft, grippy, and ergonomic

At first glance the Supreme seems a bit expensive considering the price delta between the President whether you consider the 129 or 139 dollar price. Pflueger addresses this with another new introduction the Summit which features a fast 7.1:1 retrieve ratio.

The Supreme's base is solid increasing overall weight but adding strength to the frame

The Supreme isn’t as good of a value as the President was, and in the current lineup it is looking like the Patriarch is looking like the new candidate for the best balance of performance versus price, at least on paper. That being said the Supreme is a good reel and certainly worth the 179 dollar price point. This is a good all-round reel and can be used to fish a variety of baits for an equally broad range of species.

Though the drag is light the reel is still capable of tackling even bigger fish like Stripers, though the reel is best suited for largemouth

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 Supreme Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality In terms of quality Pflueger has kicked it up a notch with premium components and a excellent construction that is on par or better than reels costing quite a bit more 7
Performance The Supreme is a good caster and the retrieve feels more refined than the President. The only are that the reel hasn't made a major leap in performance in is the drag, we were hoping for more drag strength in this reel 7
Price Good overall price for the features and performance it provides. While it doesn't represent the exceptional value that the President did there are new Pflueger reels in the company's lineup that may 7
Features The Supreme features a good dual casting system and all knobs feature audible click adjustment. Overall the reel has a great set of features 8
Design (Ergonomics) The Supreme has the same basic profile as the President. The reel would be better to palm if it had a lower profile but the reel does feature quality knobs and a soft touch thumb bar 7
Application The Supreme is a great bass reel but for larger fish like stripers the drag just doesn't have the muscle. You can still catch the fish, but it feels like you cannot gain ground on the fish when you want to 6

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 Improved casting control over previous Pflueger reels L Smooth drag, but not very strong
J Good price, good value L Spool knocks back and forth on fast retrieves
J Good overall performance  
J A more refined Pflueger  

Conclusion: Pflueger reels have always offered a lot of bang for the buck, but many anglers primarily turned to Pflueger because they were attracted to the lower price when compared with reels from other competitors. This simply isn’t the case any longer as Pflueger is making reels that not only continue to be a great value but can stand on their own as they are technologically advanced, refined, and reliable. While the Pflueger Supreme does not represent the tremendous value that the President did, it does accomplish something completely different, it proves that Pflueger has graduated to a much higher level of performance. We are eager to see what the new more aggressively styled and ergonomically new Pflueger reels can do, and look forward to see what comes out of the company now that they are part of the Pure Fishing group, but for now we can recommend the Supreme as a great baitcaster for the sub 200 price point.

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