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Sunday, December 26, 2010

• Hmm...Upgrades

The first thing that came to mind when I arrived at the title of this post was a scene out of The Matrix trilogy. Unfortunately, I did not receive those kinds of upgrades. I did, however, take the plunge and now I have two new reels to break in. That being said, I must retire two other reels to make use of the new ones.

Goodbye $40 reels.

Hello two new powerhouses.

Reel 1: Pflueger Summit WLP
Reel 2: Pflueger Patriarch 64 WLP

Because of my rod selection, I had to think carefully about how I would use these two new reels. The Summit I already own does a lot of heavy duty stuff and serves as my primary jig reel. I also use that rig for fishing weighted plastics. The decision to put the new Summit on another 6'6" medium heavy rod was easy. I will use it for the same purposes without the need to retie in between lures. I can also keep a finesse jig handy, opening up my lighter rigs for all of my soft plastic needs.

The 6.4:1 ratio Patriarch was a more difficult character to place in the grand scheme of things. I could have put it on a 6'6" medium rod where one of the $40 reels was previously very comfortable. I could pull a 6.3:1 reel off of the medium light Crankin' Stick and let the 64 WLP become my main crankbait option. I also like throwing inline spinners, light spinnerbaits, and some topwaters on that rod and the 6.3:1 reel that had been tossing those lures just wasn't living up to my standards. That rod could definitely benefit from a Patriarch as its new buddy. That's exactly where the new Patriarch now sits. The 6.3:1 reel is now on the medium rod for tossing more plastics and maybe the occasional crankbait or spinnerbait.

I'm liking the new lineup.