When it comes to fishing for bass and pan fish, I prefer a good spinning reel with about 6lb line on it and a light action rod. Over the years I’ve had the experience of fishing with many different reels. While I’ve spent over $100 on a reel, I usually look for ones under $100. I find one can get a good reel with smooth retrieve and durable parts for under $100. While I would love to have a Shimano Stella Reel or even a nice Shimano Stradic CI4 Reel, I’ve found that one doesn’t have to spend that much for a decent rod.
So for under $100, what is the best spinning reel? While I’ve always loved Shimano reels and I think the Shimano Symetre Spinning Reel is a good reel for under $100, you do end up paying for the name. While the Symetre is a popular reel with quality parts, you could get an even better reel for less money. If you ask fellow fishermen what they think is a great spinning reel for under $100, you’ll probably hear many mention Shimano and perhaps Daiwa and other popular brands but you’ll also hear many mention the Pflueger President Spinning Reel. Pflueger is a fishing tackle manufacturer that has been around since 1881. They are one of those names that many fishermen recognize but not as a modern fishing reel manufacturer. While it may not be as heavily marketed and advertised as Shimano and Daiwa reels, the Pflueger President has quietly become the favorite spinning reel of many fishermen. It has 9-bearings for a smooth retrieve along with a 5.2:1 ratio for a quick retrieve. I think the best thing about it is that it only costs around $60. For that little money, you won’t mind if you lose it or break it. If you’re looking for a little tougher body then you might want to spend a little money for the Pflueger Supreme Spinning Reel. It has a magnesium body rather than a graphite body on the President and also comes with a second spool.
So for under $100 you can get a great reel that you’ll be happy with. They’re great for fishing for smallmouths on the river, having fun with the kids catching panfish or going for the largemouth bass on the lake. So if you’re looking for a new reel or reels, you may want to consider Pflueger reels.