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Why (I Think) The Pflueger President Is The Best Spinning Reel On Earth

Why (I Think) The Pflueger President Is The Best Spinning Reel On Earth

Look, I know how this probably sounds – This person works for a fishing company and is obligated to promote the fishing products they sell… Sure, this is 100% true. If I want to keep the paychecks rolling in, I better continue doing my job and following directions.

However, NO ONE told me to write this article. I’m putting this entire thing together on my own without asking anyone’s permission. Why? Because that is how much I stand by this product.

Long before ever working for the Catch Co. I was a young angler looking to invest in a quality spinning reel. At the time, I worked at a gas station, making little money, so I was very cautious about where I would be unloading those hard-earned dollars.

After researching online, I caught a ride up to the closest big-box fishing store from my fishing buddy, unlike Karl’s Shop, where orders over $50 ship for free. They wanted around nine bucks to deliver my reel, which wasn’t happening.

At The Store

A good spinning reel will last for years so long as you treat them right.

After getting to the store, I began strolling down the aisle, with my eyes darting up and down, back and forth, scanning each reel intently. After zigging and zagging, I found three reels that fit my price range, so I began to compare the options.

Not long after I had narrowed down my choices, the store manager (who still works there today) noticed me examining a Mitchell, Daiwa, and Pflueger fishing reel.

I'm not sure if he thought I would take off with his display models or if he could see the confusion in my eye. But, for whatever reason, he came by and offered help.

I told him what I like to fish for, the rod I planned on pairing my reel with, and finally, my budget.

Instantaneously he said, "Go with the Pflueger. I've used that same model reel for years and have never had an issue".

The store manager didn't stop there; he began to break down why he preferred this reel - the smoothness of the drag, the light, and sturdy frame, and even the wooden knob handle (unfortunately, the wooden knobs have been replaced). I could sense his passion and took his word right then and there. I put down the other two reels and headed to the checkout lane. From that point forward - I was a Pflueger President guy.

Where Are They Now?

This story took place almost 15 years ago, and believe it or not. I still have my original reel. Since that day, I've bought four more Plefugar President reels - one for myself, one for my Dad, and two for my brothers. And if anyone asks me for spinning reel suggestions, you already know what I'm telling them.

Don't get me wrong; I know that other brands make high-quality gear. But if you were to ask me what is the best-valued spinning reel on the market, it's the 2500 size President all day long.

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Updated August 27th, 2021 at 4:42 AM CT