Fishing reels may look simple but depending on the type of waters you’re in an what fish you’re hunting for. Plueger’s President Spinning Reel is a real workhorse in the reel industry.
The President is constructed of corrosion resistant graphite and stainless steel. On the outside, it has a smooth blue and gold finish that highlights the aluminum spool. For the most part, the President’s ten-bearing design performs well even years after its first initial casting. A small but noticeable feature about this particular spinning reel is that the knob is interchangeable between the right and left-hand sides for people of both orientations.
As a spinning reel, the President can cast lighter lines farther and the lures themselves can sink deeper into the water without arcing away from the reel. How is this so?
Nine of the bearings are stainless steel while the tenth is an anti-reverse bearing, allowing for a smooth all-around spin as the line is cast. The graphite construction keeps the President overall weight at around 8oz, perfect when dealing with larger fish.
Depending on the size you get (30, 35, 40), the President is going to handle a wide range of lines and lores. For a standard, the 30 reel holds about 145 yards of 6lb line and 130 yards of 8lb line.
While the President can handle the pressure from most attachments, what about the fish? We’ve seen this reel being used when people catch fish like steelhead, trout, bass, salmon, and everything smaller. For an 8oz reel, the President really does punch in above its weight.
In our honest opinion, the President is all you need in a well made, budget reel. Due to its corrosion resistant construction, you can expect that it will last a long time if you routinely check it for defects. For many of the President’s owners, the price has been a huge factor because replacing this reel won’t break the bank if its beyond repair.
Bottom Line: We think the President is an excellent purchase at this price and for this reliable of a construction. A majority of the President’s happy customers have stated that this reel is perfect for all experiences from beginner to expert.