The Kraken delivers on all criteria laid out by our guides and pros who get their thrills from pursuing the biggest, fastest fish this sport has to offer. Featuring our first sealed drag system, it is ready to take on whatever situation your freshwater and saltwater situation calls for. With its incredibly lightweight design machined from aerospace grade barstock aluminum, you'll be able to hold the arm fatigue at bay without sacrificing structural integrity. The Kraken is also our first reel to feature a V cut spool to guide your backing on evenly during your most high speed fish battles!
The Kraken features one of our proprietary drag systems. Redesigned for increased power and protection from the elements.
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|
|2||3.56"||5.60oz/159g||1.50"||1.12"||5wt WFF + 165yd 20lb backing||5wt to 6wt WFF
275 to 350gr Shooting Heads
|3||3.81"||6.10oz/173g||1.65"||1.18"||8wt WFF + 200yd 30lb backing||7wt to 9wt WFF
350gr to 500gr Shooting Heads
|4||4.10"||7.90oz/224g||1.85"||1.38"||10wt WFF + 250yd 30lb backing||9wt to 12wt WFF
500 to 600gr Shooting Heads
|5||4.45"||8.96oz/254g||2.17"||1.58"||12wt WFF + 300yd 30lb backing||12wt to 14wt WFF
600gr to 1000gr Shooting Heads
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Posted by George on 28th Sep 2014
You can spend what you want on any other reel, but your only going to be throwing your money away. (any type of specialty fishing aside) If you need a reel to get the job done with great looks, and a great drag, why go anywhere else.
Posted by rob wightman on 27th Sep 2014
Great reel, unbelievable quality for the money, incredibly smooth drag, when they say it's enclosed, they mean enclosed !!! I would highly recommend for hard fighting steelhead to large browns ..this reel can handle them all and bring them to net !
Posted by Andy on 22nd Sep 2014
Fishing saltwater my old, handed down reel was tough as it was struggling with the our local fish. Stripers ad Bluefish were making it sing and I was afraid to take it anywhere near an Albie in fear of loosing the fish, fly, fly line and all the backing ... the drag just couldn't stop anything no matter how often I rebuilt it.
I really wanted the XLA but at the time couldn't justify sticking that on my (also old) rod. Then there was the Kraken vs the Alpha III. After countless hours of stalking the website and having numerous live chats via the tab up top I made my decision on the Kraken (3 -- 7-9 wt). I had just got a killer deal on a new 8wt rod so I used the little extra I saved and clicked checkout (it was already sitting in my cart and had been for a while)
Loaded with backing it shows up days later to my doorstep. After getting home, I stay up late putting on fly line and ogling at its beauty (yeah I got the emerald). I put it back in its pouch, and into the tackle back it went.
4am comes in a flash and like a kid on Christmas morning I am up and headed towards the boat. On the waters I head South to where False Albacore have been making reels sing for the past few weeks ... and now that I have a sexy new reel, its time to fish them on the fly gear.
Balance on the rod was perfect (9' Echo Ion). The difference between the Kraken and Alpha III is 1.5oz/42g ... Would you have noticed a difference? Who knows ... Maybe ... But at the same time, probably not me. I can tell you that I would not have a problem casting it all day.
Drag. Drag, drag, drag, drag, drag ... the reason I NEEDED a new reel in the first place. Lets just say it works. With the first fish on I realized that I had never truly set the drag ... Out goes the fish (V-Cut spool is nice). With the drag set and fish in, it continues to be a great day. Albies make multiple runs with incredible strength and blinding speed. The Kraken handled fish all day with some into backing and some staying close.
With the great customer support of Allen and the awesome quality of gear I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them or make another purchase. My father was pricing out package deals to get back into fly fishing and told him stop and look at Allen. I also see an XLA 4 in my future for a 10wt setup.
Posted by Rod McLeod on 14th Aug 2014
On Jun. 9th 2014 I posted a review of the Kraken3 reel. I now have 2 of them and have ,since the last review, caught several Snook on one of the Kraken 3's. One of Snook being 38".
I've had a few conversations with Justin and Kyle and I'll have to say that this company is run with customer service as an utmost priority. And the quality of their reels for the price is unrivaled.
Thanks Allen. You guys are the best.
Posted by Jack Keller on 1st Aug 2014
i now have two of the #5s/ They are beautiful reels and my wife wants a dress in the emerald green but they seem to work well and are quite capable in saltwater. If i drop everything on the beach and rinse the sand off the reels continue to function well (I've had some higher priced reels clog up or lose the drag). I've never fought anything larger than a 40" jack on a Kraken but those are tough fish and the reel never skipped a beat.
Posted by Scott on 21st Jul 2014
I'll have to admit, I was a little worried about buying a reel from a newer company that I didn't know much about. But, after browsing forums and checking out reviews online for a few weeks, I pulled the trigger on a Kraken. I've been beyond impressed every time I've put this reel to the test. Allen surpassed all my expectations and I'll definitely be buying more products from them down the road. The Kraken is my new go to reel for bigger fish. I have a Ross Evolution and an Orvis Battenkill LA and I prefer the Allen Kraken over both of them. For the price, these reels are a steal.
Posted by Leo S. on 15th Jul 2014
Just received my kraken yesterday and the reel is gorgeous. Can't wait to put it to use in Belize this October on some bones. Drag adjustment is awesome and I love the fine control. Have this mounted on my Redington Link and it looks amazing.
Posted by Steve on 9th Jul 2014
I've bought two Kraken 3 reels now as well as spare spools for both. I'm extremely happy with these reels. Super smooth, heaps of backing just in case, and simply a pleasure to use. Would buy more Allen fly reels without any hesitation.
Posted by Bob on 30th Jun 2014
Awesome reel! Have 2 - 1 with 9 weight line the other with 7 weight - both used in saltwater for Stripers and Bluefish here in the Northeast. Largest fish so far on the 9 weight is a 35" Striped Bass - took a bunch of line into the backing - very smooth powerful drag! They look like they will hold up well, but saltwater use is always tough on gear. Rinsed with freshwater bath after every saltwater use - time will tell! Highly recommended!
Posted by BH on 27th Jun 2014
No sense in repeating all the positive comments below - I second them all. I ordered one of these reels last fall and was so impressed that I now own eight reels/spools.
I can't make any more of a positive statement than that.
You will be impressed when you get one of these in your hands.
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