Kraken Series Reel

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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


153 Reviews

  • 5
    Bone On Fishing and Outdoor Apparel

    Published by Bone On Fishing and Outdoor Apparel on 5th Dec 2016

    If there is a go to set of reels that perform as we journey out it is the Kraken! we beat up there gear and are always moving and always chasing

  • 4
    Amazing Quality

    Published by Pierson Monetti on 8th Nov 2016

    This is such an amazing reel for the price. Tolerances and machining are top notch. Drag has a wide range of adjustment for light tippets. For being a sealed "saltwater reel" i would have liked it to have a smaller spool width and larger spool diameter. The size 3 just seems a little small and wide for an 8 wt and doesn't quite have the line pickup speed i like for fast saltwater species. They seemed to have achieved this in the new Atlas reel which is my favorite. But all in all this is a great reel for a great price. While i love the eye catching colors of Allen's reels, i would like to see classic gold and silver option for all of their models. Black is boring and neon green is too aggressive for me.

  • 5
    Everything I Expected

    Published by on 29th Oct 2016

    Well made reel, drag is smooth and consistent, defenetly a bang for your buck. Very happy with the sealed drag and the overall quality of the product.

  • 5
    Great Reel !!

    Published by Ralph Juergensen on 24th Oct 2016

    I bought the Kraken Reel last year, used it once for Steelhead. This year I broke it out for Salmon and hooked into a few, coming from a spin rod and reel set up it took a little getting used to the reel and the drag. After getting used to it I landed a 20lb. Salmon and had a great day of fishing!! This reel is amazing especially for the price, the drag was easy to get used to and I just really enjoyed the fights I had !! I would highly recommend the Kraken Reel, high quality product for a Great price!

  • 5
    30 LB King Salmon were no match

    Published by jake doyon on 14th Oct 2016

    Used this reel in NY for King and Coho Salmon. I caught 6 king salmon on this reel as well as a coho. Drag did not slip once (as my dads generic brand reel did) and it had awesome stopping power and just overall held up awesome to the abuse that those fish put it through. This reel has also held up to saltwater striper fishing, and even was able to withstand the run from a blue shark that would've burnt the drag on almost any other reel.


  • 5
    plenty of drag to stop the big salmon.

    Published by Unknown on 27th Sep 2016

    Got this reel to use for big browns salmon and steelhead. So far it's worked out great. I'm finally able to slow these big fish down some without just using my hand as a break.

  • 5

    Published by Spencer on 19th Sep 2016

    Love this reel. So smooth. Amazing drag. Very happy consumer!

  • 5
    Smooth As Silk

    Published by JOEY TAYLOR on 1st Aug 2016

    This reel is such a great complement to my Volant rod. Such a sweet setup at an economical price. I've let friends give it a try and they compare it to some of the best they've thrown.

  • 5
    Very Nice Reel

    Published by Wyfish on 8th May 2016

    I haven't bought a new reel in years (15) and I was pleasantly surprised at the changes. Though not a fan of the hub cap look, the large arbor is fast, the operation is smooth, and the drag is flawless. I have the 5-6 and although it is probably overkill, I have caught some 4 and 5 lb fish with it protecting 5x and 5.5x tippets. Nicer than my Hardy Princess.

  • 5
    Great 8wt reel at any price

    Published 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