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 Rob C. Savannah, Ga on 12th Dec 2014
I purchased this reel after fishing with a friend's Kraken 3 one weekend on the flats for redfish. Put simply, this reel is comparable to those twice the price...it just feels great in your hand.
Also, Kyle and Justin put the "C" in customer service.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Dec 2014
My #4 Kraken reel arrived recently. First impressions are great. The green colour is attractive and the size just right for my needs. I haven't fished it yet, but loading up a line allowed me to get a feel for how smooth the reel is and how it is put together. All looks and feels just great. Scored a 4 because I've yet to use it.
Posted by John Tierney on 1st Dec 2014
I don't pretend to be an expert fly fisherman but I know my old reel could not keep up with the huge salmon, lake browns and steelhead I have been battling in Upstate NY. This reel handles them with ease. If I lose a fish, it has nothing to do with the strength or quality of this reel. Not only is it strong, it's gorgeous! I bought the size 3 in Emerald and it is stunning! I told my wife that if I had not married her then I would marry my new Allen Kraken reel.
Posted by Brent Larson on 23rd Nov 2014
Been using this reel for a full season now and am very impressed. This reel performs as good as reels twice the price.
Posted by Unknown on 25th Oct 2014
Purchased the kraken reel before I head out to Alaska this summer to work and I absolutley loved it . It stood up to 30in rainbows all the way to 50lb Kings the drag smooth and awesome just an awesome real and recently purchased two more..
Posted by Clinton Euler on 13th Oct 2014
I spent several weeks searching for a good reel that would meet my needs. I am a new fly fisherman and I had a decent budget to get started with but knew I didn't need to spend thousands of dollars to get started. I looked tirelessly at other well known brands. But I kept coming back to Allen Fly Fishing based on their online reviews as well as countless signs of great service to its customers. I bought the Kraken and had Allen throw on the backing and line. I am very satisfied with my purchase. It has definitely met my needs as well as being more than ready for my local salt waters. Sealed drag, beautiful machining...its just a great looking reel for the money! I would highly recommend Allen products to anyone looking for fly fishing products. I'll definitely purchase from Allen in the future without any doubts!
Posted by David Hicks on 6th Oct 2014
Bought this Kraken reel paired with 10' 7wt Volant rod to target smallmouth bass with big streamers. Has performed flawlessly on ill tempered smallmouth up to 20" and a few 35"+ pike with bad intensions. Couldn't be happier with the fit/finish and performance. Keep up the good work.
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.
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