My Experience with the Pflueger President Spinning Reel

It is not every day that one throws his reputation to the dogs but I think my day sure has come. I may possibly be about to commit heresy in the cheap fishing reel world. By the way, cheap being under $70, or within the range of being safe from being forced to spend the night on the couch after your wife finds the receipt(pflueger president $49.99). Cheap being you are still not quite the gear snob looking down on the mere peasant. Him with his Ugly Stick while you call for drinks and cast your high end Shimano. I’m cheap and because I’m cheap, I’m still married!

I may be cheap, but I have always been very picky when it comes to fishing gear. This especially holds true when it comes to my reels. Buy the right reel and you are good to go.  Buy the wrong reel and you feel like you brought your mother-in-law with you every time you head to the lake or stream. So with that in mind, it is not uncommon for me to stare at a computer screen until my eyes bleed researching gear and tackle.

I recently spent a large amount of time seeking a new reel. It was such a large span of time that my wife was starting to use words like “deranged”, and “obsessive”.  After all, she asked, who spends a week looking at a bunch of gears and spools encased in Chinese plastic?  Well, this guy does, and if you are reading this article, so do you!

After spending my deranged week searching for the right reel, I was foaming at the mouth and had become a recluse like Howard Hughes.  At about the time I was about to start collecting my bodily fluid in jars, I finally reached a decision.  The Pflueger President.  After all, if the forums said it was the reel to get, it had to be true!

I spent $56.39 onlineI didn’t have the stamina to wait for it to be shipped, so I went right to the store.  Of course you can’t just buy a fishing reel, so I bought a new rod.  I grabbed a Shakespeare Light Ugly Stick.  So for around $85, I had a new trout and smallmouth combo.

Stream side with the Pflueger President

The Pflueger President Model I purchased was the 6925X, rated for 6 lbs test and with a max drag of 6 pounds. I took it to the stream by our home a few days after the purchase.  It was late March, and the Tennessee Trout season was well underway.  Casting was as expected, but nothing special.  It is of course no Shimano. While enjoying my sweet Cohiba cigar which I ordered few days ago from Famous-smoke I caught a few fish that morning, and I didn’t feel like I taxed the capabilities of the reel enough.

The next weekend was different, and after landing a few larger rainbows I started to notice that the Pflueger President spinning reel was not just cheap in cost, but it truly was a “Cheap reel”.  The line started wrapping around the spool, often and it became a huge frustration.  It cost me a nice trout at one point.  I have had $20 cheap reels do better than this!

I tried fooling with it that night to fix it, and even switched fishing line.  Two days later I was at it again, and after a few minutes I started having the same problem.  I would have to remove the spool every time and untangle the line.  I have had this happen to me a few times with reels, but never with a Pflueger.

pflueger president from the side

Pflueger President Spinning Reel Conclusion

I felt that the overall construction of the Pflueger President was cheap, compared to Shakespeare, Abu Garcia, and low end Shimanos like Sienna.  Their reel only came with one spool. Many other companies offer 2 spools with the reel for the same price.

To their credit, I contacted Pflueger, and they replaced the reel with a new one.  The new reel did not have the same problems, but still felt cheap.  I still use it today, but only as a backup rod I keep in the truck.  If you are in the market for a new light to medium action reel, I suggest looking elsewhere.  The Pflueger President gets 3 stars out of 5 for me, and there are certainly better options from Pflueger line out there. If you are looking for real quality take a look at Patriarch XT.

At the end, I highly suggest you still take advantage of the low prices going on , but remember to approach The Pflueger President spinning reel with caution.


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  1. I decided to buy new reels once my 20 or 30 year old reels became inoperable. I decided on the President at $59.00.
    I love the precision feel of this reel. I wade fish a lot and the reel always gets wet. I also leave it in the uncovered bed of my pick up truck from spring to fall.
    I’ve had this reel for over 6 years now with no problems. I do clean and lubricate it often but consider it one of my favorites.
    The gentleman that wrote the above review must have gotten a lemon. I fish in a bass club and use it in tourneys. I have also noticed a lot of the other bass club members usually have a President on the front deck.
    For the $$, it can’t be beat.

  2. I own 5 or 6 of them. 6940 president is good enough and the price is reasonable. I’m a recent spinning gear convert. Fishing for ‘B’ run steelhead on the Deschutes I got tired of picking backlash out of my casting reel. Long casts and short drifts. I bought that reel on the advice of a friend. It was perfect for the use I gave it. Reliable casting and a good drag. You need both to master the 20# steelhead that we catch here. More than once I stopped a smoking hot fish on a long run up river. With 12# test mono you need a good smooth drag. It is not an expensive golden reel, but it does not need to be.

    I now own 6 of them. The bait casting gear will last forever as I do not plan on going back to it.

  3. The gentleman who wrote the article is spot on….cheap junk…my son purchase a President this spring 2016..I just purchased one about a little over a month ago…Both reels are sitting on bench in garage because the drags are malfunctioning….I have contacted Plueger this Labor Day weekend…will wait and see how they will stand behind their product….I advice people to steer away from Pflueger President….

    • Hi Kraig,
      same opinion on President here.
      I had one long time ago, in the end I was disappointed. It’s not that it was that bad, but in comparison you see which one is better. After reading this article I’ve decided to buy a Zebco Omega ZO3PRO.
      The drag is AMAZING, OMG, it’s much smoother and handles huge weights very ordinary. I decided to give it a shot. I’ve read tones of reviews, tones of website, Zebco Omega ZO3PRO is definitely worth buying. I’d suggest you get one!

      Good luck! God bless us all!

  4. I have had four Pflueger rods and reels, all President reels, that I have been fishing with for the past 5 years, I realy like them and have had no problems. Like Rodger noted, I like the ‘feel’ of these reels also, they are super smooth and I give them a beating with very infrequent cleaning.
    Unless they decide to change the manufacturing, I’ll buy more.

  5. I bought a President 6940 3 days a ago and fished with it the first time! I was catching Channel Cat’s and the reel was fantastic! I put it on a 7 ft GX2 MED/HEAVY UGLY STICK spinning rod and it works great! I’ve never had rod & reel combo cast as smooth as this. With a flick of the wrist I though it could would go a country mile!

  6. im a club bass guy and i use presidents on all my spinning gear. hands down the best reel for the money.
    sounds like this guy who wrote the review may have overspooled the reel causing the line issues.
    as for myself i have NEVER had ANY line or drag issues. I fish for money and am totally confident in my President reels to deliver when needed!

  7. I have a President and it’s my go-to reel. Amazing. The review above is 180 degrees from my experience. I cannot recommend these reels enough. I fish for bass mainly, but also cats, trout, and really anything else freshwater. I can cast mine a mile and half too. Even when the line is running down, I can throw it further than any reel in my trunk. I like Shimano Quickfire reels, but I have been using this exclusively lately because it’s so smooth and easy to use.

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