Pflueger Patriarch Low Profile Reel Review

Pflueger Patriarch LP

Pflueger Patriarch Low Profile Reel

Rating: 5.0/5

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- It’s amazingly lightweight and very comfortable to palm.

- The wide spool gives more room to the thumb to slow the spool, which becomes especially useful if you have big hands.

- Excellent performance reel.

- As usual with Pflueger, very good price-quality ratio.


- It doesn’t come with a reel cover like the previous Patriarch series used to.

Pflueger has been an important part to the fishing industry since 1881. The legendary Pflueger’s reels always have something for every angler. Their products are worldwide famous for their innovation and attention to the details. After a pause period at the production of casting and spinning reels, the Company is now back in business and the last generation of Pflueger reels is on every angler’s talk.

Pflueger’s tradition has always been to provide the best bang for your bucket, and they have recently re-issued one of their most important and longest standing low profile reels: the Pflueger Patriarch.

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At re-issuing this reel, Pflueger has taking their baitcasting equipment to a next level in perfection of design. The Pflueger Patriarch Baitcasting Reel is extremely lightweight: with only 6.4 ounces, it stands easily as one of the most lightweight and comfortable baitcasting reels in the market.

It features an 11 bearing system, with eleven stainless steel ball bearings that are corrosion resistant. 

​This reel also features the ultimate casting control, with a casting control system that combines centrifugal and magnetic brakes, and also features a one-way clutch instant anti-reverse bearing.

The Pflueger Patriarch Low Profile Baitcasting Reel embodies the Pflueger tradition of low-budget reels, while also providing incredible performance and many innovative features.

Main Usage

The Pflueger Patriarch Low Profile Baitcasting Reel is perfectly suitable for saltwater as it is for fresh water, thanks to its corrosion resistance properties. Also, because of its powerful drag capacity, it can be used for larger fish species without any problem, which comes as a bit of a surprise considering how light the Patriarch is.

As a matter of fact, this fishing reel can be adjusted for handling almost any fishing situation. The Patriarch LP can also be perfectly used as a trolling reel.

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The Pflueger Patriarch Low Profile is a baitcasting reel. Baitcasting is a fishing technique that consists on throwing a bail with a fishing line out over the water using a flexible fishing rod.

There are many different techniques that can be used by anglers as an attempt to cast further, making this kind of fishing challenging and exciting. The most common technique is to shift the body weight towards the front foot in correlation to the forward movement of the rod. For salt water fishing, rods and lines are usually heavier.

Product Features

Reel Body/Housing/Frame:

Visually speaking, the Pflueger Patriarch Low Profile Baitcasting Reel features a matte black finish on the interior frame and a dark blue paint on the sideplates. All parts are put together in a very solid way and the reel doesn’t have any alignment problems or unusual spaces between the parts.

This fishing reel has a C45 Carbon sideplate that is 45% carbon material. This helps for making this reel so lightweight, while also provides long durability. This reel can withstand rain, heat or cold without any problem. It also features an aluminum frame that works well for ensuring an accurate gear alignment.

The Pflueger Patriarch Low Profile Baitcasting Reel is also famous for how nice they fit in your hand, which added to its light weight, makes this as one of the most comfortable to use reels out there.

Drag System:

The Pflueger Patriarch Low Profile Baitcasting Reel has an amazingly smooth drag performance.

It features a maximum drag pressure of 12 lbs, as indicated by the manufacturer. This max drag pressure is totally outstanding for a 6.30 ounces reel. But what’s more important is that it really maintains a smooth, consistent pressure that ensures great protection to the line.

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Actually, the Patriarch’s drag is widely considered as one of the best reels on this aspect: the peaks and valleys of drag pressure are not as dramatic as what you may find in most other reels.

Casting Controls:

The Pflueger Patriarch Low Profile Baitcasting Reel has a dual braking system which consists on magnetic brakes that can be adjusted externally, and internal centrifugal brakes that are adjustable right there at the spool.

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This is the same dual braking system that can be found at the Abu Garcia Revo STX fishing reel, which uses 5 magnets for the purpose of inducing a resistance at the spool. An important advantage is that the cast control is externally adjusted and can be set from 0 to max.

With this dual system, the choice is on the angler if he wants to use one brake system completely over the other.

Ball Bearings:

The Pflueger Patriarch Low Profile Baitcasting Reel features an unusual 11 bearing system, which includes eleven stainless steel and corrosion resistant ball bearings. This is way more than what is used to on the market, on which most baitcasting reels come with 5, 7 or 9 ball bearings.

Ball bearings on fishing reels reduce friction between the different moving parts, helping the reel to move freely and smooth under loads resulting from the wind and from your drag. The eleven ball bearings present at the Pflueger Patriarch LP assure nice and smooth movements for the reel, help for experiencing an easy drag and also assure a long durability for your fishing reel.


The Pflueger Patriarch Low Profile Baitcasting Reel provides an amazing bang for your bucket. It is astonishingly powerful for a reel that weighs 6.3 ounces and is relatively small in size, and also provides an unparalleled smooth performance.

It requires minimum maintenance, and works better than other fishing reels that are much more expensive than this one. Moreover, this fishing reel can also handle big fish with ease.

It’s been more than a century since Pflueger were making their first reel, and after testing the Pflueger Patriarch LP you will prove that they still know what they’re doing perfectly well.

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