For the biggest, fastest fish, the Kraken XLA is the ideal cure. The extra large arbor and repositioned cranking handle provide unparalleled retrieval speeds, while the sturdy sealed drag can put more than ample pressure on trophy-sized targets. We now offer this reel with a reversible retrieve as well, making it ideal for guides, guests, and lodges. The XLA still boasts the advantageous “U”-shaped arbor of its little brother, the Kraken, as well as the weight-saving benefits of a strongly ported design. Equally at home on a single-hander in the salt or a spey rod a couple hundred miles from it, the Kraken XLA represents a surprisingly versatile reel in a very affordable package.
|Model||Reel Dia||Weight||Arbor Dia||Spool Width||Reel Capacity||Size Suggestions||Price|
|3||4.5"||8.75oz.||2.8"||1.1"||8wt WFF + 200yd 30lb backing||6wt to 9wt WFF
350gr to 500gr Shooting Heads
|4||5"||9.15oz||3.0"||1.1"||10wt WFF + 250yd 30lb backing||9wt to 12wt WFF
500 to 600gr Shooting Heads
|5||5.5"||10.3oz.||3.2"||1.3"||12wt WFF + 300yd 30lb backing||12wt to 14wt WFF
600gr to 1000gr Shooting Heads
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Posted by Steve, New South Wales, Australia on 8th Oct 2015
I've just received my new Kraken XLA 4 in the post today. It's my fifth Allen reel, and I'm sure once I've used this new one, I'll be as happy with its performance like all the others I own.
I'm going to Lord Howe Island with my son this January, which is off the east coast of Australia. It's a fly anglers paradise, but is also stunningly beautiful which is a bonus. I needed this reel to use on Lord Howe's kingfish and other hard fighting species. Every fish pulls really hard here, and with numerous reefs around the island and with the fish seemingly on steroids, you need quality gear here. For Lord Howe Island I needed a reel with extra grunt, a smooth solid drag, a fast retrieve and excellent line capacity. After reading previous reviews here, the Kraken XLA 4 fitted the bill perfectly.
In my hands for the first time, the very first thing that struck me was the weight. I was expecting the reel to weigh more. Secondly, was the quality of the build and the finish. I knew this wouldn't be a surprise as my other reels are awesome in this department too. I got the reel in the gunmetal colour, and it's really nice. I'm not a big fan of flashy reels, and this reel is gunmetal is not overly flashy at all, but still a head turner if that's important to you.
The cranking handle might look different, but it's not a big deal and I don't see why it should stop anyone purchasing this reel. If you want a fast retrieve, you'll definitely have it with this set up.
I use Allen reels exclusively these days. I gave this reel a five star rating despite not having used it yet, simply based on what I've discovered with this reel and my previous Allen reels. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this reel to anyone.
Posted by John McCloskey on 22nd Sep 2015
This reel has been pretty solid so far. I prefer it over the original Kraken as I am a sucker for extra large reels especially for Spey and switch rods. It's easy to fight larger fish with a smooth drag and it picks line quickly. I've fought one King with and several rainbows over 25" with this reel here on the Naknek River without here on the any issues. My clients enjoyed using this reel as well. That's important to me. The machining is rad with the green being my favorite color. Nice job
Posted by Jeff Burr on 13th Sep 2015
I build my own rods. I decided to build myself a heavy 11 wt 1 piece Tarpon rod. I got the rod built, slapped on this reel and headed to the mosquito lagoon flats. I was so pumped at how this reel performed. It's drag is smooth as butter, the green and blue color are so awesome, and I was having people notice this combo (because of the reel) sticking off my poking platform back at the boat ramp. I will never use another reel brand the rest of my life. Can't wait for my 7 wt redfish reel order next week.
Posted by Timothy Matt on 26th Jul 2015
A little weighty, but smooth as silk. Best fly reel I have ever used. Superior line pick up & drag.
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Posted by Adam T on 2nd Jul 2015
The first real trial for my size 3 XLA was in the marshes of Louisiana sight fishing for giant reds. These fish had the power to test the drag, and the speed to make me crank and put the line pickup speed to the test. Between them and the jacks, snook, and tarpon I catch in Tampa bay, this reel never disappoints. The handle is a little unconventional, due to it not being at the edge of the arbor, but I hardly notice that anymore. I would definitely recommend this reel.
Posted by Ellis King on 20th May 2015
Smooth like silk (both on the take up and the rip out)
I don't know if I can find the words for how smooth this reel is.
Line pick up...............
Just give it a spin.
Very good product
Posted by Brad Davidson on 17th May 2015
This is my first Allen reel, and if it tells you anything I just ordered a Kraken for my 9wt. The customer service and communication has been second to none, and I work in customer service in the fishing industry. Top to bottom, the craftsmanship of this reel is absolutely amazing. I'm using the size 5 (it's a serious big boy) for Striped Marlin, Big Dorado & Tuna. After testing the drag out with a buddy I'm pretty sure there isn't a fish that it couldn't put the wood to. Watch out Tarpon, you've met your match! Buy it, I promise you won't regret it.
Posted by John on 6th Apr 2015
Before this, I had not owned or used a reel with such a large arbor. It took me a day or two to get used to the size of the reel, and it took me only one fishing trip to absolutely fall in love with it. I mounted my Kraken XLA size 3 on one of my 8wts and took it with me to the Bahamas on a bonefish trip. The big arbor is fantastic for picking up a bunch of line quick when a bonefish makes a long run and then runs back towards the boat. The sealed drag handled the searing runs of the bones without a hiccup. This drag is seriously one of the best I've seen on a fly reel at any price. I wouldn't hesitate to put a big amberjack, shark or tarpon on this reel. Balances well on an 8wt, looks killer, and flat out performs.
Posted by Chuck Page on 3rd Apr 2015
On a trip to Mexico, we were told of a lagoon that had large bonefish and permit, So I took my 9 wt rod with the XLA 4. I hooked 4 bones 8 to 12 pounds. They ripped off 150 yard runs in seconds multiple times each. The XLA drag was flawless, and the large arbor was critical when the fish turned and came back at me. Great product and amazing price performance.
Posted by Kelly Dow on 4th Mar 2015
I own several Allen reels...and I do mean SEVERAL. This has to be my favorite. I use it weekly for hunting massive cutthroat trout at Pyramid Lake in Reno. NV...I'm talking 20+lb cutty's at times. The reel handles anything you throw at it flawlessly. Pyramid is known for it's alkalinity, which can ruin our gear quickly, but the Kraken XLA stands tough. It is machined to perfection and light as a feather for the size. The drag is beautiful...like Olivia Wilde beautiful. Like I wish I could divorce my wife, marry the drag, and introduce it to my parents kind of beautiful. All-in-all, this reel is exactly what I wanted and needed. I now have a couple extra spools so I have options on line. BUY IT!
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