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VaCrappieMan
12-06-2013, 10:07 AM
Which reel would you pick between the following? Or if you have another suggestion please make it...

pflueger supreme
pflueger patriarch
shimano sahara
shimano symytre
shimano saros

I am looking for a rod to pair up with my 6'8" fenwick ultra light rod... Thanks in advance for your input

jeepguyjames
12-06-2013, 10:19 AM
I have multiple pflugers and nothing but good exp with them ..... Great reels anything from the presidents on up the line of their products.

hair jig
12-06-2013, 10:23 AM
President

kycreek
12-06-2013, 10:45 AM
President reeels are hard to beat for the money.

PIGINTHEPIGPEN
12-06-2013, 11:11 AM
Shimano Sahara. I have had mine for 10 years and it still works just as good as the day I bought it.

VaCrappieMan
12-06-2013, 11:41 AM
I have 5 presidents and 3 saharas already just wanted to upgrade a lol but I don't know if it would make much difference... I like the look of the newer Sahara tho

pbere52
12-06-2013, 11:52 AM
I have three Presidents and a couple of Symetres. Don't use the shimanos at all anymore. Haven't tried anything more pricey than the shimano and nothing seems better than the presidents. The Shimanos seem "scratchy" and not as smooth at the Pfleuger. That's just me tho...

bfish
12-06-2013, 11:55 AM
Diawa SS tournament in 700 size.

VaCrappieMan
12-06-2013, 04:49 PM
I've heard a lot of good things about those diawas just not sure about how heavy it feels probably would last a long time tho

bfish
12-06-2013, 07:33 PM
I've heard a lot of good things about those diawas just not sure about how heavy it feels probably would last a long time tho

At 7.0 oz, it is lighter than any of the others you are looking at. Drag rating is probably higher too (8.8 lbs).

Inline6
12-06-2013, 07:40 PM
I've heard a lot of good things about those diawas just not sure about how heavy it feels probably would last a long time tho

You're right about the daiwa. Mine are heavy, but they are smooth and no issues. The older Abu cardinal I have is light and super smooth. Picking a pfleuger I would buy the president.

Bugtussle
12-07-2013, 08:09 AM
Love my Pflueger Supreme. Best reel that I own.

Jig'n4Crappie
12-07-2013, 05:30 PM
I have several Shimano Sahara 1000FE's and really enjoy them on 5'-6" Wally Marshall Signature Series rods.

clfarms1
12-07-2013, 05:48 PM
president

SeaRay
12-07-2013, 05:57 PM
The President 6920 which is the smallest of the Presidents and has 7 bearings as opposed to 10 in the others, weighs 5.9 oz. The 6925 is 7.2 and is my choice, but I have a 6920 and a 6930 also. All are good reels.

barrelslime
12-07-2013, 06:57 PM
Shimano Sahara. I have had mine for 10 years and it still works just as good as the day I bought it.
yup

Gindog
12-07-2013, 09:15 PM
Pflueger Presidential

Mikie
12-07-2013, 09:54 PM
Shimano Sahara. I have had mine for 10 years and it still works just as good as the day I bought it.
I really like my Shimano Symetres and also my Sahara. I also like my Abu Garcia Cardinal C101 it handled a 20#+ Flathead catfish on 4# line from the bank. It only took twenty five minutes.

Good Stuff
12-08-2013, 06:02 AM
I really like my Abu Cardinal 101 as well.

Hookedonslabs
12-08-2013, 08:54 AM
:fish Pflueger President......Trouble Free Fishing.......makes a novice fisherman like me look Pro

lcookie
12-08-2013, 08:02 PM
Supreme and Symytre I swore by the Supreme and my partner swore by the Symytre. Both are good and have lasted a long time.

yikess
12-08-2013, 10:56 PM
President reeels are hard to beat for the money.

x2, I buy mine for $50 off fleabay.

Wood_Duck
12-10-2013, 12:45 AM
pflueger president!

jackie53
12-10-2013, 01:14 AM
Shamino sahara 1000!!!!

Ken Kinser
12-10-2013, 08:42 AM
mitchell 308 my choice

skiptomylu
12-10-2013, 09:01 AM
Hate to say this, but none of the above. I am a Shimano guy, but I do go for high end reels which I know are not for everyone, but I like how smooth they are and all the bearings help. First you should know Shimano is the largest gear MFG. in the world and make something like 75% of all the gears in all the cars and trucks made. So they have the knowledge, engineering and equipment to make the best gears, but they also have a great drag system IMHO!
I also know that I spend too much on my rods and reels, but it's just what I do.

Fatman
12-10-2013, 10:47 AM
Shimano hands down. I have some over 30 years old and still going strong. If possible take your rod to the store with you or one of the big box stores and ask if you can put it on to check the balance. You can always order on-line for a cheaper price but making sure it's a nice fit is important too.

lazi
12-10-2013, 11:14 AM
I started fishing a yearn and a half ago. been buying new reels like crazy. one thing I figured out is that the president is hard to beat for price to performance. another thing is that its hard to go wrong with pflueger reels. I have 6 presidents (two 35 I'm selling), 3 echelons, 5 various bair caster, a 20 sized trion, and even to underspin micro works okay once I cleaned it up.

i get the same feeling sometimes that if i spend more maybe ill get more. i think the president line is bang for the buck. you will probablt start to see less for your money as you move up the line but there are obviously some upgrades. i will probably buy into something sooner or later but really if i can find a decently priced president XT I'd be happy for a while.

VaCrappieMan
12-10-2013, 03:41 PM
What are you rocking out skip? A Stella or stradic? Thanks guys for all the input still deciding... I've thrown the quantum energy pti in the mix :dono

deathb4disco
12-10-2013, 04:04 PM
... I've thrown the quantum energy pti in the mix :dono

For some reason, Daiwa often gets left out of these discussions which is a mistake, IMO. I agree that Shimano is hard to beat. If they're #1, though, Daiwa is #1A.

fishohio627
02-14-2014, 12:55 PM
The only reason i think shimano is above daiwa is because their lower end reels like the sienna are still a very smooth and solid reel. The same cannot be said about daiwa.

ehall
02-14-2014, 01:08 PM
Hate to say this, but none of the above. I am a Shimano guy, but I do go for high end reels which I know are not for everyone, but I like how smooth they are and all the bearings help. First you should know Shimano is the largest gear MFG. in the world and make something like 75% of all the gears in all the cars and trucks made. So they have the knowledge, engineering and equipment to make the best gears, but they also have a great drag system IMHO!
I also know that I spend too much on my rods and reels, but it's just what I do. The more I learn about you Skip, the more I like you buddy! Never really spoke much on here about my preferences on rods and reels, but I also like the higher end equipment. Doesn't make me right or better, just is what I know I like. Do I have cheaper gear? You bet! I just don't grab it like I did when I wasn't as "well-heeled" financially. Keep up the posts and nice work.

Kevin22
02-14-2014, 01:25 PM
I know I'm late to the party, but I'll throw my opinion in anyways.

If you are going to do a lot of casting and reeling, you need a smooth reel. With that being said, I think there is a line where you get to that great reel and then everything beyond is just minuscule. That line is the pflueger president and shimano sedona. Beyond those reels, the upgrades are just not needed in a panfish reel IMO. Now, if we were talking throwing bass gear or walleye gear then IMO the better reels are worth it.. but not for fishing 1/32-1/8 crappie jigs. You will have a reel that is as smooth as butter and casts a mile with those two suggested reels, and money left over to buy some new jigs.

Kevin22
02-14-2014, 01:30 PM
What are you rocking out skip? A Stella or stradic? Thanks guys for all the input still deciding... I've thrown the quantum energy pti in the mix :dono

No, avoid the energy pt. I've had 3 and hated all 3 of them (each was a different size). They are heavy and awkward. I sold all 3 within a week of buying them. Pflueger or Shimano all the way. Okumas are great also, but I've broken 3 of them in the past 5 years.. just wore them out. They were absolutely fantastic reels while they lasted. Daiwa is another great brand if you get into the high end models, their low and mid models SUCK. Same with quantum. Above the energy are great, but energy and blow should be avoided.

usafret99
02-14-2014, 01:32 PM
President

ehall
02-14-2014, 01:49 PM
I've got 6 CI4's and really like them. Have caught a ton of fish and they always perform. I have no problem getting 20 yards cast after cast on 16th ounce jigs. 5 are 2500s and 1 is a 3000. The 3000 is a go to for bass and walleye. I agree about the Quantum Energy PT. I have one and it just isn't the same feel as a Shimano IMO.

Rdrunner
02-14-2014, 04:41 PM
If you are spider rigging or trolling any descent reel works ok.I have about 10 Pfluegers and a couple of Shimanos I use for this but casting is what I really like to do.My casting reel is a Diawa SS 700.You can make some long casts with these reels which allows you to cover more water.If you have ever owned one of them nothing else could take it's place.They are also bullet proof.

VaCrappieMan
02-15-2014, 09:24 AM
Another diawa lover I just can't get over the looks of the ss 700 it almost looks prehistoric... Lol I've got an okuma reel that I've used for trout in the lake and I've thrown up to 1/2 oz sinkers with it and it still works great... I would almost like to get a higher end okuma to see but I'm leaning towards another 1000 series sahara... Thanks whomever resurrected this thread... Got a new fenwick river runner can't wait for the snow to leave so I can take it out

ehall
02-15-2014, 02:17 PM
I have a River runner and I love it. I use it for trout and crappie and forget its a two piece! Enjoy.

VaCrappieMan
02-15-2014, 02:30 PM
Yeah it's really a great rod this is my 2nd one... What's the length/action on your river runner?

ehall
02-15-2014, 08:13 PM
6'8" light/fast. Have a Shimano CI4 reel on it. I really like the grip on the River Runner. This will be my 2nd year with it. I had 2 Fenwick rods I bought @ BPS in Missouri in '90. Wish I still had them.

VaCrappieMan
02-15-2014, 08:49 PM
Mine are 6'8" ultra lights... The last one a busted the ceramic out of the eye still need a tip for it... I think I found a match for it on mud hole... I ordered a st croix panfish series instead of another fenwick but when I got the st croix I wasn't to impressed so ordered another fenwick.... Like you said the handle is great and I enjoyed my last one

Kevin22
02-15-2014, 11:01 PM
I love my st croix panfish 6'9 ULF. Haven't held the river runner though

Luvfatslabs
02-16-2014, 02:34 AM
shimano sahara gets my vote

ehall
02-16-2014, 08:54 AM
Kevin22 I have a coworker that just bought that St.Croix rod this winter. I held it, felt awesome! Glad to hear you like it!

yikess
02-17-2014, 05:35 PM
President 6725 off eBay $50

Kevin22
02-18-2014, 10:00 AM
Spend the extra $5-$10 and get a 6925 if you want a president. Should be able to find one on ebay for $55 or you can get one for $59.99 from fishusa with free shipping.