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||0.77"||1.12"||5wt WFF + 165yd 20lb backing||5wt to 6wt WFF |
275 to 350gr Shooting Heads
|3||3.81"||6.25oz||0.83"||1.18"||8wt WFF + 200yd 30lb backing||7wt to 9wt WFF |
350gr to 500gr Shooting Heads
|4||4.10"||8.05oz||0.88"||1.38"||10wt WFF + 250yd 30lb backing||9wt to 12wt WFF |
500 to 600gr Shooting Heads
|5||4.45"||8.90oz||0.88"||1.58"||12wt WFF + 300yd 30lb backing||12wt to 14wt WFF |
600gr to 1000gr Shooting Heads
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Posted by capt mike on 15th Apr 2016
This has to be one of the best values in fly reels. You could easily pay twice this and still be happy with the reel. I got a 3 for my 8wt for striper fishing and it is outstanding. Great backing capacity too
Posted by J. Wells on 11th Apr 2016
By far, the Kraken 2 is the nicest reel I own. I don't have a single complaint. Right out of the box, it just felt right. I knew I would love fishing with it and after a year, I still feel the same. The Kraken is much, much smoother than my Nautilus FWX, which cost twice as much. Even though I love my Orvis Hydros, my Lamson Velocity, and my inexpensive Scientific Angler reels, the Kraken is a stand-out.
Posted by Steve, Australia on 5th Apr 2016
Thinking one day about how good a Dorado would be on the Kraken reels, and what do you know, next week Allen sends out an email saying they're for sale for a short time!! I didn't hesitate for a second!!!!!
This is my sixth Allen reel, and my fourth Kraken!!! I'm sold on Allen reels. They're the only fly reels I own!
The finish, the quality of the product, and the service is fantastic!!
If Allen bring out some in red or blue, I think I'll be parting with some more cash!
Posted by Kevin Linder on 3rd Apr 2016
I have two 5wt Kraken reels and one 7 wt Kraken wheel. They are superb. Landed multiple 10# browns and steelhead. The drag is flawless. You'll never own anything but a Kraken once you try it!!!
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 Rick on 2nd Sep 2015
The red colour on the Kraken is very nice - definitely not too orang-ey.
This is my second one and it has performed very well on salmon off the beach in the Pacific Northwest.
Note that the drag knob has been upgraded with larger cogs to make it easier to adjust it while fighting fish.
Posted by Dominic DeBlassie on 29th Aug 2015
This is the best reel I own and I own 2-Abel Reels, Orvis Hydros, Orvis Mirage, Nautalis, and several others.
This is my favorite reel. Exceptional quality. very smooth drag.
definitely worth every penny!
Wow! What a value.
Posted by Logan B on 24th Aug 2015
Although I've admittedly never gotten to use any ultra high dollar reels and relatively new, I don't see how any other reel could make me happier. Having just tried it out in a pond on a few LMB I cant wait to stretch its legs and hook into something with some shoulders. The drag seems great, even at higher loads. The reel feels tight as can be and the finish is great.
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!
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