Kraken XLA Series Reel

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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. 


  • Fully machined aluminum spool and frame
  • Multi-disc stacked carbon drag system
  • Sealed drag
  • Extra-large arbor, U-cut spool
  • Click retrieve and click drag
  • Easily converts from left to right hand retrieve
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



41 Reviews

  • 5
    XLA 4 whips big bones

    Published 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.

  • 5
    Best buy for the money...period.

    Published 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 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!

  • 5
    Kracken XLA

    Published by Todd Buck on 12th Feb 2015

    I'll admit, I'm a bit of a gear snob but I'm here to tell you that this reel is an incredible bargain. Fit, finish, and machining are on par with the best reels out there. I've spent a lot more on other maker reels for the same level of quality. The drag is silky smooth, the styling is spectacular, and the extra large arbor allows for rapid retrieve when a fish makes a run directly at you. What more can you ask for? Try one, you won't be disappointed.

  • 5
    Awesome Reel

    Published by Mike on 27th Jan 2015

    I loaded the Kraken XLA with skagit extreme and went out swinging in the cold Michigan winter weather and it preformed flawlessly.I Can't wait to get out again. This reel does not disappoint. And did I mention the Dorado color is badass.

  • 5
    XLA is super sexy

    Published by Red on 26th Jan 2015

    I bit the bullet and finally bought the XLA (Size 4). After mixing up my arsenal last year and stepping down to an 8wt rod with a Kraken (Size 3), I needed something to pair with a 10 weight setup I am putting together for large stripers and false albacore.

    As with other Allen reels the quality is exceptional. I opened the box and just started at it for a while. Went with the gunmetal and glad I did as its not too much flash but just enough to catch your eye when paired with any color rod blank or backing and line color combination.

    The drag incredible and stops any hand pulling quickly with room to go for stronger fish. The spool design is clutch and allows for plenty of backing even on the large arbor. The handle seemed set in on the spool radius but when reeling it is comfortable and allows for quick speed.

    Can't wait to get this some heavy use.

  • 5
    serious head turner, fish and fishermen alike

    Published by joe on 24th Jan 2015

    From the stellar drag system to the over sized spool to the sealed drag to the awesome strength of the drag to insane design and color I couldn't be any happier to be associated with this company and reel on the water. Just what the doctor ordered for these lake Ontario kings browns and steelies. Can't wait to try it out on some muskie as well. Can't wait to get a few more!

  • 5
    Kraken XLA #3

    Published by Capt. Jon Bull on 22nd Jan 2015

    This reel is the real deal (pun intended)! The look, the smoothness, and the balance on an 8 wt. rod is unmatched. The large diameter allows for quick line pick up when a redfish or snook makes a run back to the skiff. Not to mention, the Dorado color scheme really turns some heads while the it rests in the gunwales! Awesome product! Home run!

  • 5
    Totally Amazing

    Published by Piesmuggler - Western Australia on 19th Dec 2014

    Having received my Kraken XLA , upon opening the box ,I was confronted by a totally amazing piece of modern engineering. the CNC machining of the reel is incredible, the finish and all other facets of this reel are well above, the norm you would expect for the incredibly modest price.
    I gave the drag a work out using a manual method by anchoring the reel, and physically pulling 100 kg breaking strain mono off the reel which it passed without a hickup.
    All in all I would and will recommend this reel to anyone who is looking for a well engineered and fishished at an incredibly low price.
    Once again Allen Fly Fishing produces great value for money products.
    This is from a person who owns several high end reels, most costing nearly double the price.

  • 5

    Published by john raffaghello ii on 1st Nov 2014

    All around great build an performer, the 9wt version will handle just about any fish you can throw at it. unbelievable stopping power and performance. You really cant go wrong with any of allens reels, but this one is top of the line. I recoment them to all my clients because they do make a superior product.

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  • 4
    Superbe moulinet pour la mer et eau douce !

    Published by JP Maire on 22nd Sep 2014

    Excellent reel for salt with great drag, will stop any salmon or sea trout,
    I will recommend Allen and their services to all my fly fishing friends.
    Can't wait for the Omega....