New breed of spinning reels
The US firms of Pflueger, Finnor and Penn have released new reels that will be of interest to anglers.
Their new philosophy seems to be to place these reels at very affordable prices (between $90-100) and yet load them with the desirable features of all metal bodies,being braid friendly and with some staggering drag capacities.
Sounds too good to be true... so I decided to check them out.
At present,I have the Pflueger 50 SW Salt under test. I was lucky to pick this up on a special at A$ 99! locally, this being a reel that has been made exclusively for the Australian market and meant to handle the "tougher" saltwater fishing conditions here.
Presumably, Pflueger feel that far more saltwater fishing is done in Australia than freshwater fishing (correctly) and their reel would have to have more "guts" than, say ,for countries where the reel would only see occasional saltwater exposure.
The reel has an all metal body with a metal rotor,an important point when some manufacturers state "all metal body",where the rotor is actually made of plastic which could flex and cause problems under the maximum drag
pressures the reels are capable of.
5 stainless steel ball bearings, stainless steel main shaft,heavy duty bail arm,infinite anti reverse and a drag capacity of 10 kilos! completes the package.
It also has a line capacity of 305 yds. of 30 lb braid and a reasonably fast gear ratio of 5.6:1. The weight is 559 grams but the reel feels much lighter in use ,to me personally.
At present, I have it mounted on a 10 ft. 6-10 kilo rod and have taken it out several times to a bay with deep water, where there is every chance of
hooking jewfish upto 20kilos and kingfish of reasonable sizes, besides the odd tuna ,tailor and Australian salmon.
The reel is smooth to use and imparts good action to metal lures, which
have to be retrieved at speed to entice the kingfish.I definitely do not feel under gunned with the reel and feel that I could handle a decent sized shark with it ...it is a confidence factor.
At home, a simple mist spray of fresh water (with fully locked drag) suffices to take off the salt on the reel and then the reel gets a light spray of Inox when it has dried.
With this simple routine, my reels have stayed rust free for years and I do not see any reason why the Salt 50SW should be any different, despite the all metal body.
The reel still has to be blooded, although I had a massive swirl last night behind my lure but no hookup.