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Alpha III Reel

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Product Description



The Alpha III looks similar to its predecessor, the Alpha II, but that's where the similarities stop.  Completely redesigned for 2013; 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.


We will load your reel with backing and line for free!  When you select backing and a line on the menus above, you will be charged a discounted price for both backing and line with no charge for putting it on the reel!  Be sure to pick which direction you need the retrieve so that we load it up correctly for you!


Model Diameter Weight Spool Depth Spool Width Reel Capacity Size Suggestions Price
3 3.85" 7.6oz (215g)
2.05" 1.00" 8wt WFF + 200yd 30lb backing 7wt to 9wt WFF
350gr to 500gr Shooting Heads
4 4.25" 8.4oz (238g)
2.24" 1.20" 10wt WFF + 250yd 30lb backing 9wt to 12wt WFF
500 to 700gr Shooting Heads




updated 9/04/13

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  1. Fantastic Reel!!

    Posted by Rob on 4th Aug 2014

    Took my new Alpha III on a 5 day trip to Alaska. Caught at least 50 fish a day (King/Chum/Silver/Pink Salmon, Trout, Grayling) and had no issues. Worked beautifully.

  2. Can't wait for steelhead/salmon on The Rogue

    Posted by Beau on 2nd Aug 2014

    I waited patiently for a month and a half and it was well worth it. It is my first high quality reel (my first reel was a bass pro shop special and I can see a world of difference). I have only caught small brookies on it but can't wait for a battle with a big chrome or coho salmon in August. Very pleased with the design, color and customer service received by many Allen Fly Fishing representatives. Will be back for more.

  3. SOLID Workhorse!!

    Posted by Brandon on 2nd Jul 2014

    I just did a count and I currently own 5 Alpha III's. I have put these things in both salt and freshwater and they are bulletproof in my opinion. Not one single issue and a super strong drag. And as always, customer service is the BEST I have ever experienced.

  4. Awesome products!!

    Posted by Dustin Jones on 2nd Jun 2014

    This reel has not just met, but crushed my expectations!! A must try!


    Posted by Ken on 26th May 2014

    I have been eyeing this reel for a while and finally made a purchase and I wish I had done so sooner to fish or the salmon during Salmon season in Pulaski, NY. Instead I purchased it during the the spring time where I was fortunate to test it with spring steelhead.

    I am amazed with the drag system. I hooked into numerous steelhead in Ellisburg. Set the drag where I wanted it and that was it. Just awesome! Can't complain. You will be satisfied. My biggest steelhead was 32". At least that was one of the many that I actually measured.

  6. Fantastic reel

    Posted by Chris on 26th May 2014

    Like all of the other reviewers I find this reel to be excellent - both value of money and fantastic build quality. Well done and I can't wait for the sea run browns to give it the test it deserves

  7. Spectacular

    Posted by Juan mario on 23rd May 2014

    I have Orvis, Redigton,Nautilus ,& Tibor... This reel are amazing ,nice design,size,and color....weight, and the brake is real!
    I recommend !! The best......for the perfect price!,,

  8. Great reel

    Posted by Andy on 13th May 2014

    I recently purchased the Alpha III and paired it with 8wt WFF saltwater line on an 8wt Compass Rod. I used it this past weekend for stripers on the eastern shore. It performed great. I caught seven chunking some pretty hefty streamers, often in the wind with no problems. The drag worked great. Allen has impressed me thus far and customer service is excellent as well.


    Posted by Kenneth Justo on 9th May 2014

    I was looking for a reel that could handle salmon and steelhead in Pulaski, NY without spending a lot or as much as the stores sell fly reels for. When I stumbled on this website, I contacted them via email. Immediately received a response back and made a purchase for the Alpha III, model 4. Bought it on a Thursday and came in on Saturday.

    Today this reel performed amazing. The drag system is great and like non-other. Caught some 25-27 inch steelhead and even landed a 31 incher. I set the drag and didn't have to touch it. You will like this reel!

    Great appearance! Excellent quality! Will definitely be making another purchase for when I fish for stripers and whatever else!

  10. Great Reel

    Posted by Pat Higgins on 5th May 2014

    Just love this reel, smooth and light. A great fit for any 8 weight

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