The Kraken reel series from Allen Fly Fishing is the best value for the money in the industry. The predecessor to this reel already boasted a lightweight, fully machined package with an impressively smooth yet powerful drag. The large arbor and “U”-shaped spool is ideal for fighting large fish and for dealing with any runs into the backing. Improvements to the drag housing have eased access for reversibility while maintaining a full gasket seal. Ranging from size II to V, the Kraken series is capable of everything from small-stream trout fishing to adult tarpon and giant trevally, and available in a suite of colors from classic to eye-catching. It’s no wonder this reel series has quickly become our best seller: for the performance it provides, it should be twice the price!!
|Model||Reel Dia||Weight||Spool Depth||Spool Width||Reel Capacity||Size Suggestions||Price|
|2||3.56"||5.70oz||1.50"||1.12"||5wt WFF + 165yd 20lb backing||5wt to 6wt WFF
275 to 350gr Shooting Heads
|3||3.81"||6.25oz||1.65"||1.18"||8wt WFF + 200yd 30lb backing||7wt to 9wt WFF
350gr to 500gr Shooting Heads
|4||4.10"||8.05oz||1.85"||1.38"||10wt WFF + 250yd 30lb backing||9wt to 12wt WFF
500 to 600gr Shooting Heads
|5||4.45"||8.90oz||2.17"||1.58"||12wt WFF + 300yd 30lb backing||12wt to 14wt WFF
600gr to 1000gr Shooting Heads
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Posted by Craig on 5th Oct 2015
Loving my Kraken so far! The drag is awesome! I've been really impressed with the tolerances and quality of the machining of the reel overall. Fantastic buy for any fly fisherman. I'm actually thinking of picking up a new rod as a result, the Kraken makes me feel like my Cabelas rod is completely inferior to what Allen has to offer!
Posted by Cierra Bennetch on 1st Aug 2015
I bought the Dorado to go with my Rock River Rods "Lug Pro" 8wt because the colors went well together and not only is it a beautiful set up it is sooooo smooth! I haven't used the reel much and didn't get to land anything on it yet but so far I'm extremely impressed with it. The Kraken is like holding a feather, it's so light weight. It was my first Allen Reel and I like it so much I'm going to purchase a Trout II in Burnt Orange to go with a Custom Blue Halo Fiberglass Rod I'm having built
Posted by Mike Fallon on 13th Jul 2015
I fished the Kraken #3 for Stripers this season in Massachusetts. It performed flawlessly in the salt and the drag was smooth as can be. The #3 was a perfect fit for a 9' 8wt, I also used it on my 4 and 5 wt switch rods for trout and balanced them great as well. At first I was concerned about the mid sized arbor but it picks up line pretty darn quickly and I don't think you could make a smoother reel. Awesome reel, If you're thinking about it, I highly recommend picking one up!
Posted by Humberto Sarmiento on 6th Jul 2015
The Kraken Reel is the best with an Excellent Cost-Benefit Ratio. The Drag is smooth and construction is solid. I bought it in Dorado Color and looks amazing.
The customer Service of Allen is the best around, they always be there if you need something and work in your needs.
Posted by James on 15th Jun 2015
I received the Kraken 3 in Emerald on Thursday of last week. I loved the feel look and everything about it! The very next day I received an email from Allen advertising the Kraken in Red!! Red? At first I liked the red better than the Emerald. At like 2:00 pm on Saturday I replied to the Allen email thinking for sure it would go to there junk mail and never get answered. I asked how did I miss the red color in my selection??? I added that I received my reel and liked it,,on and on... In about 10 min. I received a reply from Kyle informing me that If I would like the red just send back the Emerald and he would gladly send it to me. He explained that the red was released on Friday and I had just missed it. All in all I ended up keeping the Emerald however, it sure is nice to know there is a company that will respond in this manner with no strings attached no answering services in India just an employee probably with his phone on Saturday talking one on one with there customers. Email Orvis and see how far that gets you!
Posted by paul conklin on 26th May 2015
I had clients use the Kraken 3 for steelhead on the Great Lakes tribs and it preformed as well as any high end reel out on the market. The Kraken had a great drag system, start up is very smooth and worked flawlessly even under the worse conditions. I highly recommend it!
Posted by Scott on 24th May 2015
This is an absolutely awesome reel at a price that makes me wonder how they did it...super smooth retrieve and drag, looks way cooler in person than I could've imagined. Also the only peice of fly fishing gear I've felt the need to review because it's that good, if you need a saltwater reel this is it. I used to really want a Sage 4200, I'd sooner buy two Krakens or maybe even the XLA.
Posted by John Pethick on 3rd May 2015
I recently received my new Kraken size 4 reel, easily fitted 300m of Fins Braid and a 10# Intermediate line on it. Only fished it a couple of times yet, the drag is very smooth. I can't wait to try it out on some Xmas Is GT's. The service from Allen has been fantastic, thanks to Kyle. The postage cost to Australia was much lower than some other retailers and the reel got here quickly. Top marks to Allen for bringing such good products to us at good prices, add in the top level of support and Allen has what it takes to become a significant part of the fly world. I am happy to recommend the gear to all my friends.
Posted by Odie on 28th Apr 2015
Dropped off my recently purchased Kraken 2 to a local fly shop to get it spooled with backer and line and returned to find three of their employees passing it back and forth between each other, reveling over the quality and the smooth drag. I think I just flipped those guys into buying Allen reels !!!!
Performance on the stream was stellar. Nothing better than having a decent sized trout taking line and making my Kraken scream. Great look, great quality, great drag..................Awesome reel.
Posted by Stripminer on 27th Apr 2015
I only got to use this reel once for striped bass in CT and I am very happy with my purchase. I put it on my nine weight rod and found that it balanced perfectly after practice casting it in my yard. Once I got to the water another fisherman saw my gear and commented "You must know what you're doing because that looks like some serious gear". So, feeling very full of myself I proceeded to start casting for fish, Well the guy in the parking lot was wrong. I forgot to properly tighten the reel onto the rod and on cast number 5 my brand new reel got a nice saltwater bath, yup fully submerged, so much for knowing what I am doing. Well the fishing was slow, but I did get the skunk off, catching the only striper in a group of 8 guys. The good news, I took the reel apart to find fully sealed elements that were easy to wash and dry. I have zero concerns that the salt water bath did any damage. The reel has a nice size arbor, balanced with my nine weight and made me look like a good fisherman. What else could you ask for?
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