Pflueger President Spinning Reel Review


The Pflueger President Spinning Reel is among the top-selling products on the market for good reason – it is the complete package. The President is a well-engineered product that has been built to give anglers an ideal fishing experience.

The President is built to last with a metal body, high-quality handle and metal-cased rotor although this does make it somewhat heavier than similar reels on the market. That said, the President is well balanced and feels great when casting or dragging.

  • 9 Stainless Steel Ball Bearings; 6920 has 6 ball bearings
  • On/Off instant anti-reverse bearing
  • Lightweight graphite body and rotor
Pflueger PRESSP20B President Spinning Fishing Reel
  • 7 bearing System corrosion resistant stainless steel ball bearings
  • Graphite body and rotor lightweight graphite reel construction.Braid ready spool allows Braid to be...
  • Sealed Drag System Sealed drag washers, always lubricated, always smooth.Slow oscillation gearing...

Quantitative Score

Performance – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Durability – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Value for Money – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read more about how our scoring system works.

Pflueger President Reel Overview

Specialized Body Adds Balance 

fishing reel’s balance determines how it can be used in varying weather conditions or in on windy days and balance is the Pflueger President’s strength. The President’s metal body, with carbon enamel washers not only give the reel its distinctive appearance, but also make it one of the best balanced and performing reel on the market.

The Pflueger President’s bent handle is a lightweight aluminum centre coated with a soft rubber-like fiber for comfortable use.

Good for Casting and Dragging 

In large freshwater lakes, the President can cast up to 185 yards even in poor weather.

But this reel is not designed for big fishing when it comes to drag with a maximum weight of 8 lbs.

Line Casing and Gear Function – Excellent Anti-Reversing Effect 

The President features extremely smooth gear function. The spool and the lay-lines have a stainless steel body part that protects the device from damage. The reel also has excellent reversing functionality and features a roller bearing to help with anti-reversing.

These are features is present most reels that professionals prefer, and the President builds on that with its instant stopping effect.

Weight and Bearing Support – Extremely Smooth Operation Confirmed

The Pflueger President is among the lightest reels available on the market, weighing in at just over eight ounces. You can feel the difference immediately. The reel features 10 bearing functions, all perfectly aligned to provide smooth operation.

The high-quality machined bearing system is cased in steel to better protect the reel in the saltwater.


  • An extremely lightweight device with a rugged casing and excellent rotor and gearbox. The aluminum cover with fiber enamel put the reel among the most finely tuned on the market
  • The Pflueger President Smooth-Spinning Reel features 10 bearings with smooth running effect and outstanding reversing effect. The device also features roller bearings that allows for instant-stop auto-reversing.
  • The reel has an average dragging support of 8 lbs and casting range of 185 yards.
  • The President is among the preferred reels for professional freshwater anglers.


  • The Pflueger President is not suitable for saltwater fishing. If you are looking for one reel that will work in fresh or salt water this isn’t it.
  • The reel has a lower dragging support compared to other available alternatives. Although well-balanced the low dragging capacity can turn people away from this reel.
  • Casting distance is lesser than similar fishing reels. But the President can be highly accurate.

Video Review

Pflueger President Spinning Reel

Bestseller No. 1
Pflueger PRESSP30X President Spinning Fishing Reel
  • 10 bearing system: Corrosion resistant stainless steel ball bearings
  • Graphite body and rotor: Lightweight graphite reel construction. Braid ready spool - Allows Braid to...
  • HT 100 carbon fiber drag system provides powerful drag without sacrificing smoothness


ANTI-REVERSE FEATUREInstant Anti-ReverseInstant Anti-ReverseInstant Anti-ReverseInstant Anti-ReverseInstant Anti-Reverse
BRAID CAPACITY M/MM110/0.12180/0.16 130/0.19 100/0.22250/0.19 175/0.22 145/0.22200/0.23255/0.28
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB180/4 125/6 100/8200/4 140/6 110/8275/6 190/8 160/10250/8 220/10 160/14320/10 280/14 200/20
DRAG MATERIALOil FeltOil FeltOil FeltOil FeltOil Felt
DRAG TYPEFront DragFront DragFront DragFront DragFront Drag
GEAR RATIO5.2:15.2:15.2:15.2:15.2:1
MAX DRAG LB6lb | 2.7kg8lb | 3.6kg10lb | 4.5kg12lb | 5.4kg14lb | 6.3kg
MONO CAPACITY M/MM180/0.13 90/0.20 75/0.23200/0.13 100/0.20 85/0.23235/0.20 135/0.23 120/0.25210/0.23 170/0.25 140/0.28260/0.25 210/0.28 180/0.33
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB200/2 100/4 80/6220/2 110/4 90/6255/4 145/6 130/8230/6 185/8 155/10285/8 230/10 195/12
PRE-SPOOLED YD/LBNot Pre-SpooledNot Pre-SpooledNot Pre-SpooledNot Pre-SpooledNot Pre-Spooled
RECOVERY RATE20.2″ | 51cm22.4″ | 57cm25.3″ | 64cm28.1″ | 71cm31.6″ | 80cm
REEL HANDLE POSITIONRight/LeftRight/LeftRight/LeftRight/LeftRight/Left
REEL SIZE2025303540
REEL SPOOL MATERIALAluminumAluminumAluminumAluminumAluminum
SPARE SPOOL MATERIALNo Spare SpoolNo Spare SpoolNo Spare SpoolNo Spare SpoolNo Spare Spool
WEIGHT6.2 oz7.5 oz8.8 oz10.7 oz11.5 oz

Alternative Specification Comparison

Let’s have a look at the specifications to compare the data between similarly ranked spinning reels. This data is based on a 3000 sized reel model.

Spinning ReelScoreBall BearingsSuitable for SaltwaterRetrieve RateGear RatioMax DragWeightMono Capacity (6lb)Price Range
Pflueger President5/59+1No31 inches6.2:110 lb7.6 oz145 yards$$
Penn Battle II5/55+1Yes35 inches6.2:115 lb12.3 oz210 yards$$
Pflueger Supreme XT5/510No33 inches6.2:112 lb8.0 oz230 yards$$

FAQs About Pflueger President Spinning Reel

What is the weight of this reel? 

This is a light-weight reel, weighing in at 8.2 ounces. 

How much weight can the Pflueger President Spinning Reel drag? 

The fishing reel can drag up to a weight of 8lbs. 

What is the line capacity of the Pflueger President? 

It can hold up to 185 yards of line.

Is this fishing reel suitable for saltwater? 

No. This reel has been designed for freshwater and isn’t meant for use in saltwater.


The Pflueger President Crafted Spinning Reel is a well-built reel and among the lightest on the market. If you are looking for a freshwater specific reel with a shorter casting range and less than 8lbs dragging capacity you could do much worse than the Pflueger President.

Last update on 2021-11-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Russ Egan

Russ is an avid angler. He has fished all over the world, primarily for Saltwater game fish but also for local prize fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Tyrnos for an overhead reel or a Shimano Curado for a baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.