The Alpha III looks similar to its predecessor, the Alpha II, but that's where the similarities stop. The Alpha III was built on the success of the Alpha II, maintaining its spot as our go-to rugged big game reel!
The Alpha III is fully machined from only the highest quality aluminum barstock, with vastly improved tolerances over the Alpha II. Our improved anodization leaves the reel with an attractive scratch and corrosion resistant finish. The dependable, proprietary, bearing-less disc drag system (patent pending) has been enclosed to be protected from damaging sediment and debris.
The Alpha III is an ideal reel for both fresh and saltwater applications, on both traditional single hand rods and two-handers! Includes protective neoprene pouch
|Model||Reel Dia||Weight||Spool Depth||Spool Width||Reel Capacity||Size Suggestions||Price|
||2.05"||1.00"||8wt WFF + 200yd 30lb backing||7wt to 9wt WFF
350gr to 500gr Shooting Heads
||2.24"||1.20"||10wt WFF + 250yd 30lb backing||9wt to 12wt WFF
500 to 700gr Shooting Heads
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Posted by Shawn Houston on 18th Dec 2015
I ordered this reel about a month ago after having the drag blow out on two Okuma reels on..4 steelhead, yes 4 and then proceeding to watch my friend lose a fish to his drag locking up on the same reel. One blew out after a single fish and the next after 3. Only one of those fish were even close to being worthy of a reel ruining blowout.
This is by far the smoothest reel and drag system is just butter smooth. Best reel I've had on my rod to date. I bought an extra spool, free backing, and have one spooled up with 7wt and the other with 9wt. 20+ fish later, countless hours on the creek, dips in the water, shale, gravel, you name it, and it's like I just took it out of the box. Get some creek gravel in the reel? No problem...a quick dip and it's back to like new instantly. The finish and paint have held up perfectly even when tipping or sliding down all that lovely sharp shale. I would highly recommend this reel to anyone. Best bang for your buck you will find and you won't be disappointed.
Posted by Unknown on 30th Oct 2015
I purchased the alpha 3 for my steelhead trip in Washington. I got the chance to put a few 2 salt fish on the reel and was very impressed with the drag. Easy adjustment while fighting fish, but also you can turn that drag so nothing is pulling any line out. Went with the blue and red looks awesome matched up on my Allen compass 8wt. Had Allen put backing on my reel which I usually don't like to do, but they put almost the perfect amount on for me to just put my fly line to the reel. great reel for a great price!!! I would say the only thing I would change is going with the deluxe pouch cause the standard one seems a little small for the reel.
Posted by Matt on 10th Oct 2015
Great reel. Does what I need it to do for 1/2 to 1/4 of the competition's price. Allen quality, price, and customer service has made me a loyal reel customer.
Posted by Adrian Rivas on 2nd Oct 2015
Ordered my reel on Sunday and received it on Tuesday! I paired this reel with a prelude rod but will soon be upgrading. Allen has deffenitely gotten all my business. I called with a few questions and was treated as family, so thank you AJ, really the customer service with this company is second to none. I highly reccomend buying from them, not only for their amazing products, but their value for their customers.
Posted by Cole on 15th Jun 2015
So far the reel is awesome! I fish for large 5-15 pound trout. Reel has worked flawlessly! The Drag is incredible! I really love the extra large handle knob!!
Posted by John on 8th Apr 2015
We have purchased several of these reels for our Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program. I was looking for reels that were affordable and bulletproof...these fit the bill perfectly. I couldn't be more pleased with the way these reels perform and stand up to the abuse given to them by the saltwater and by our participants. Not to mention, the drag is really good and they are a great looking reel. If you want an awesome looking, bulletproof, workhorse reel for a great price...look no further.
Posted by Tom Skippen on 15th Mar 2015
So far this is a great reel drag is smooth, drag control knob stay west you put it, looks & feels great. I've not had a chance to fish with this reel yet but I'm looking forward to it.
Posted by Bobby Helms on 6th Mar 2015
The drag system on the Alpha III is one of the best I've ever used. Steelhead in Great Lakes Tributaries, Pike in the Adirondack Mountains, and hundreds of Chum and Silver Salmon in the rivers of Western Alaska and I've yet to have a single issue with my Alpha III. The size 4 is the perfect match to my 7wt Spey rod, the balance of that set up is perfect!
Posted by Dan P. on 6th Feb 2015
Its been a couple years since I purchased my Alpha (with a military discount). During that time I learned to spey cast on Oregon's Clackamas River. It certainly felt as though I had swung 1000 tube flies before my Alpha began to spin. And spin it did. I had been told not to set the hook right away so I adjusted just enough tension to keep the line just tight enough as I watched my backing rip round on the reel. Time to fight. I easily grabbed the tensioner, increased pressure, and began steering the 8.5 lb. 32 in. summer toward shore. As I did he lept like a whale from the middle of the Clack. Forty-five min later (yes, I'm a beginner) l had my hatchery fish in hand. My Alpha III performed flawlessly as I needed to.
Posted by upnorthangler on 29th Jan 2015
I have 2 Alpha IIIs and they are really sweet, smooth and groovy looking in the blue/red. I use them for Musky and inshore in Florida. I must also say that Allen stands behind their stuff. Lots of options for cool flygear, so customer service is key in this market place.they get it.
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