Prelude Rod & ATS Reel Ready to Fish Combo

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Whether you're looking for your first setup or wanting to upgrade some old gear with a ready to fish new combo, the Prelude is made with you in mind! The Prelude is made from the same quality materials and construction as our other rods and reels.  A top quality graphite rod and fully machined (not diecast or molded) aluminum reel, weight forward floating fly line, and a 9' tapered leader to get you going.  No other combo on the market gets you a rod and fully machined reel at this price.  A combo that is truly designed to not just get you going, but to stick with you for years of enjoyment.



  • Action - Medium Fast
  • Fully machined ATS Series Reel
  • Weight forward floating fly line
  • 9' tapered leader
  • Includes case
  • One Year Limited Warranty - Warranty excludes backing, fly line, and leader


Length Size (Line Wt.) Sections Weight (Oz.) Fighting Butt Cork Grip Price
9' 5 4 3.8   Half Wells $149
9' 8 4 4.2 Y Full Wells $149


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Return Policy:

With all of our rods; if you receive the rod, and it's not for you, you can return the unused (plastic still on cork) for a full refund or exchange.

This is the weight of the complete, finished rod.  Our weights may appear to be heavier than other manufacturers, but this is because we have chosen to give the weight of the rod as it arrives to you.  This is not how many other brands classify their weights.



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16 Reviews

  • 5
    No comparison

    Published by Unknown on 10th Jul 2017

    Spent the winter and spring reviewing combos for my sons first spring trout trip. Looked at everything and went with Allen based on a couple word-of-mouth reviews. You will not find a better product, especially in this price range. Comparable reels are cast produced. These are milled. Rod is very thoughtfully done with nice hardware and nice details such as alignment marks. Rod tube is durable and comparable to high dollar fly rigs. This combo is more comparable to "top-shelf" gear in quality but the price is not even close.

  • 4
    Great Rod and Reel for a great price

    Published by Jake on 8th May 2017

    Can't go wrong with this combo for the price. The rod and reel are quality - can't find another rod within the same price point that is better. It is also balanced very well. I have the 8wt.

    The action is great - fast enough to huck the big stuff, and enough softness to roll cast reasonably well. A big plus is that it is light in the hands - it is actually lighter than my 6 wt from redington...

    I've been impressed with this combo. Very nicely built, and reiterating.... The quality is impeccable for the 150 bucks. I use it for smallmouth, largemouth, carp, and shad - it's the perfect rod for this kind of fishing, without breaking the bank.

    If you are looking to get something in the heavier range, i.e. the 8wt - I would seriously recommend grabbing this. Allen Fly Fishing could easily charge more for the combo, and still have happy customers.

    Thanks Allen for the great quality at an amazing price!

  • 4
    So far- So Good!

    Published by Ernie on 29th Apr 2017

    Really like the combo so far! A Great deal for the money! Used the 8wt combo several times, have no complaints!

  • 5
    Great combo--and not just for beginners

    Published by SteveD on 8th Mar 2017

    I own several Allen rods and am very pleased with them; they were originally bought as spares/backups but I reach for them first. The combo is a very cost-effective product that provides what you need to fish (and carry) right out of the box. The provided leader for the 8-wt is a bit wimpy for some fish, but that is a detail since any fly fisher wielding an 8-wt will have a stronger leader for saltwater fish. The Allen support is incredible: the packer shipped a 5-wt instead of the ordered 8-wt combo, and the company express mailed the proper combo--no charge--within hours of being informed of the error. Great!

  • 5
    love this rod and reel

    Published by Daryl Hughes on 24th Dec 2015

    I love this combo it is excellent quality and workmanship. I picked up the #5 for trout fishing this winter and will definitely be getting an 8 wt for the larger warm water fish before summer. Hard to believe they can sell this combo for less than what most other companies would charge for a reel of this quality alone. love both the alignment dots and the fact that weight of rod is marked on each piece so as to not mix sections if you own multiple weight rods of the same model. not my first purchase from Allen and definitely won't be my last.

  • 5
    Best Combo available!!!

    Published by Luke Bevis on 24th Nov 2015

    Can't beat this combo at this amount! This combo is worth much more than the asking price. Very versatile and of high quality!

  • 5
    great sturdy product

    Published by Christopher phillips on 15th Nov 2015

    The allen prelude combo is amazing I received it as a 13th birthday gift but I have had some problems with the drag knob but other then that great reel and rod

  • 5
    Starting Out With Fly Fishing The Best Way Possible

    Published by Kenneth "Bayou Boon" Atkins on 28th Oct 2015

    My wife bought me the Prelude Rod & ATS Reel combo. I love to fish, I go fishing *every day*, and she supports my passion for fishing 100%. When I mentioned that I wanted to learn fly fishing, she bought me the outfit as an anniversary gift.

    I could not be happier with this product, and I couldn't be happier with Allen Fly Fishing.

    Initially I just wanted to develop a "Fly Fishing Game" for myself, in order to be a well-rounded angler. But what I found, instead, was that on my daily trips out to the ponds, canals, and lakes nearby, I reach for THIS outfit before I leave and ignore everything else I have. My spinning outfits and my baitcast outfits are collecting dust, because I enjoy fishing with my Prelude Rod & ATS Reel outfit MORE.

    This setup is what made me a fly fisherman. I love it, and I'll be doing business with Allen Fly Fishing for a very long time. Can't thank my wife enough for being awesome, and I can't thank Allen Fly Fishing enough for making affordable products with amazing quality. I am not easily impressed, and they are a great company.

  • 5
    Amazing Value

    Published by Josh Wynne on 12th Oct 2015

    How can Allen make money selling this? I am tickled with the quality of this package for the money spent. It is a really great value. I bought the 8wt set up for my son's 16th birthday. The quality is good enough that he won't be so jealous of my Kraken/Alluvian set up but inexpensive enough that he can make some newbie mistakes without a lot of heartache.

    I pitched a few flies with his combo and it really is a nice set up for beginner and intermediate fly guys.

  • 5
    Works as advertised

    Published by y. petryna on 28th Sep 2015

    purchased the 8 weight combo and was very happy with the upgrade from my previous set up bought over 10 years old. nice drag ability that stood up to some fall run salmon, and found the rod was very responsive and made battling fish easy, even when foul hooked. have only taken it out once so far, but performed flawlessly. my only gripe came with the case strap being too short to carry cross body, but that has nothing to do with the combo's fishablity. nice entry level into Allen rods and reels, and will be looking to upgrade into something better later down the line. thanks Allen

    will try to update this post later with more details, and will post some fish pictures when i figure out how to.