Alpha III Reel Series

MSRP: $159.00
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The Alpha III looks similar to its predecessor, the Alpha II, but that's where the similarities stop.  The Alpha III was built on the success of the Alpha II, maintaining its spot as our go-to rugged big game reel!

The Alpha III is fully machined from only the highest quality aluminum barstock, with vastly improved tolerances over the Alpha II.  Our improved anodization leaves the reel with an attractive scratch and corrosion resistant finish. The dependable, proprietary, bearing-less disc drag system (patent pending) has been enclosed to be protected from damaging sediment and debris.

The Alpha III is an ideal reel for both fresh and saltwater applications, on both traditional single hand rods and two-handers! Includes protective neoprene pouch


  • Fully machined aluminum spool and frame
  • Cork disc drag system
  • large arbor spool
  • Click retrieve and click drag
  • Bearing-less disc drag system
  • Easily converts from left to right hand retrieve


Model Reel Dia Weight Spool Depth Spool Width Reel Capacity Size Suggestions Price
3 3.85" 7.6oz
2.05" 1.00" 8wt WFF + 200yd 30lb backing 7wt to 9wt WFF
350gr to 500gr Shooting Heads
4 4.25" 8.1oz
2.24" 1.20" 10wt WFF + 250yd 30lb backing 9wt to 12wt WFF
500 to 700gr Shooting Heads


82 Reviews

  • 5
    Great buy for a reasonable price

    Published by Joel Campis on 23rd Apr 2018

    I bought my Alpha III several years ago and recently added an extra spool so I could quickly change between 7and 8 wt lines.
    The extra spool fit perfectly. The reel has performed well on bonefish and redfish. It is sealed well and does not pick up sand and grit.
    The drag is very smooth and adjusts easily. In my opinion, this reel performs as well as reels costing twice the price from other makers.

  • 5
    best reel for salt I’ve found.

    Published by scott on 4th Mar 2018

    I use this reel to chase snook and reds around Sanibel Island, Fl. The drag is strong, weight of the reel is good and construction is rock solid. After hours in saltwater I flush it with tap water and let it dry. Looks like the day I bought it. I won’t buy from another reel company, ever.

  • 5
    great reel, even better customer service.

    Published by Brian on 31st Dec 2017

    Haven’t fished it yet because it is a little chilly on the Chesapeake. But looks and feels great and I am an Allen customer for life based on how helpful the staff was. Dude walked a spare spool to the post office for my wife so it all got here on time.

  • 5
    Alpha lll , Awe yes!

    Published by Washington Johnson on 24th Dec 2017

    I sold my first Alpha lll in hope of selling the spare spools that I had bought. But I bought an Alluvion 8wt. to replace my Compass 8wt that I sold with the reel. All is right with the world now !

  • 5
    A beaut!

    Published by Adrian on 20th Nov 2017

    Haven't had a chance to use this one in anger yet but it's a real looker, very smooth, beautifully made and slightly sexy. My third Allen reel so far. It has even managed to convert a Hatch fanatic friend to shortly convert! Can't beat it for value for money.

  • 5
    great stuff

    Published by Tim Tan on 4th Nov 2017

    Flawless. Smooth and great looking.

    I’ve been hammering some peacocks and am looking forward to a bike fish trip to really test this beauty of a reel out.

  • 5

    Published by chris on 9th May 2017

    Absolutely superb bit of kit super smooth and well made, really looking forward to my bone fishing trip next year and hooking some bones on it

  • 5
    best reel for price and quality

    Published by Mitch s on 7th May 2017

    I purchased the alpha III a few months ago. It's been great no problems. I'm very impressed with the quality and the price is unbeatable. Been hammering some fatty steelhead and the alpha III has no problem keeping up. I give it 5 starts for sure. Pulse it looks sexy.

  • 5
    Excellent fly reels.

    Published by Samuel Schell on 14th Mar 2017

    I have bin looking for a good and trustworthy 7/8/9 wt fly reel in tdollarsce range of $150 for almost one year now. I have gone through dozens of fly reel Manufacturers, including Allen Fly Fishing. I have read hundreds of reviews on different reels and almost none of them grabbed my full attention, until I ran into the very perfect fly reel, you can guess which one, its the Allen Alpha III 3. Everything about it was what I was looking for so long, so I went for it. Ones i received it through the mail a few weeks later, I was very happy with the desition that I have made in purchasing this reel, for this price you cant find anything better. The drag on this reel is more than enough, believe it or not the drag managed to brake 20 pound dacron backing. This is a serious piece of equipment, if you are looking for a fly reel in the price range of $150 U.S. dollars and that beats any other fly reel you have found the reel you are looking for its the Allen Alpha III. Tight Lines.

  • 5
    Awesome reel!

    Published by Unknown on 16th Feb 2017

    The drag and feel of this reel is amazing! Especially for the price it outperforms any other reel I've tried in this range. Finally got a chance to try it and love it