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The Kraken reel series has been our most consistent performer for over a decade. Its fully machined and lightweight design has represented the best value in the industry for years and it just keeps getting better. The last generation saw improvements to the drag housing and the knob shapes to help with performance in saltwater and with ergonomics. Now, we've shifted the drag material to a carbon multi-disc system to improve durability and top-end drag pressure. The sealed drag is ready for any environment, while still remaining easy to reverse if necessary without any additional tools. The Kraken series still boasts a U-shaped spool for both line capacity and ease of line pick-up, while now benefiting from stronger and still super-smooth performance across the full range of target species. Whether you're targeting spooky Catskills bank-sipping trout or hefty Florida Keys tarpon, there's a Kraken reel up to the task!


  • Fully Machined Aluminum Frame and Spool
  • Sealed Carbon Multi-Disc Drag System
  • Large Arbor + U-Shaped Spool Design
  • Click on Both Retrieve & Outgoing Drag
  • Easily Converts From Left- to Right-hand Retrieve 
  • Backing Installed Here
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 4wt 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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153 Reviews

  • 5
    Allen Kraken Reel Review (Dorado)

    Published by Mike on 1st May 2017

    Awesome product. Used this reel right after recieving on the San Juan river in NM. Landed over 50 fish and it performed flawlessly as expected. After reviewing and testing the Allen Kraken, I will be considering purchasing extra spools as well as additional reels for other applications. Thanks for a great product!!!

  • 5

    Published by Tony on 23rd Apr 2017

    I now own a Kraken 3 and the Trout 2. Both have a clean design, ultra smooth drag, and a great price point. I am impressed with the product and, outstanding customer service! I see no need to explore any other reel manufacturer on the market.

  • 5
    Outstanding equipment and Outstanding Customer Service

    Published by Don F. on 7th Mar 2017

    After 3 reels (Alpha 3 - model 3, Kraken - model 4 and 5), Allen Reels still continue to amaze me! the reels amaze me on how solid they are, how it is worth every buck that i spent on all three reels. the engineers of the reels had created a world class, well thought, and well planned development. a smooth drag on all my 3 reels cannot be over passed by any other pricey reel.

    its not only the reels that Allen Fly Fishing offers the best but also their outstanding customer service. starting from the top management, their concern for their customers are unbelievably the greatest or at least the best.

    after getting my 3rd reel (kraken model 5), i was given a total amount of $50 that i can use on my next purchase!

    Thank you Allen Fly Fishing for the outstanding reels! Thank you for the outstanding customer service!

  • 5
    Great reel

    Published by Gary Goldsmith on 7th Feb 2017

    Great reel and even better customer service. I've switched all my reels out to Allen. Highly recommended.

  • 5
    Simplify your life a bit

    Published by Ted Angradi on 5th Feb 2017

    I don't need to worry about which new fly reel to buy anymore. All the Allen Reels are top quality, tough, great fit and finish, and at great price points. And, not least, their service response is second to none. I have a bunch of Allen reels, mostly in larger sizes, and when I want another reel, I'll buy an Allen with complete confidence.

  • 5
    Incredible reel!

    Published by Mike on 30th Jan 2017

    Amazing fit&finish, balanced my new glass 6W beautifully and great attention to detail. Wasn't able to catch a winter trout (today) yet, but I look forward to testing the stout drag system that comes with the Kraken! Very easy to disassemble for service. Thanks Texas!

  • 5
    Can't get any better than this!

    Published by Andrei Zabet on 16th Jan 2017

    I just received my first 2 Allen reels and one is the Kraken #4 in Emerald color. I have yet to use it but come May it will be subject to rough fishing in saltwater.

    First, the pictures don't do the reel justice. You have to see it to believe it. It's a lot of reel for the money and imho you can't get any better value in a reel.

    Drag is sooo smooth and quite powerful, machining is really great, the oversized drag knob makes adjustments a breeze and I bet it's easy to turn even during the battles with hands wet.

    Thank you guys for this great value that is the Kraken!

  • 5
    Kraeken Toe Wah

    Published by Washington Johnson on 3rd Jan 2017

    Love the Kraeken Looks great in Black with Charteuse
    Smooth as butter reeling !

  • 5
    Great reel

    Published by Jeff on 1st Jan 2017

    Reel looks great and is very strong!!

  • 5

    Published by on 26th Dec 2016

    This is the seventh Allen fly reel I've bought, and the fifth Kraken! This one was for my son who is brand new to fly fishing and he wanted the same outfit as my six weight outfit which was the first fly rod he'd ever cast! Talk about a natural!!! He picked it up so quickly! I bought him the Kraken 2 and as usual, it's every bit as awesome as my other Allen reels. Sure anglers can spend a lot more money on other reels out there, but honestly, why would you? For my son and I, we're exclusively Allen fly reel only fly anglers!