The Alpha II is Allen Fly Fishing’s new big game reel series. In a market with a growing number of reels coming in at the lower price points, Allen wanted to exceed expectations in the budget category. The result is a near bomb-proof drag inside a sturdy, heavy-duty frame to withstand excessive torque from the biggest, hardest swimming fish in the sport.
The philosophy behind this reel: rugged and simple. Less parts in a drag means less that can go wrong. When you have 200 yards of backing on its way out at mach speeds, the last thing you want is the drag to cave in on you. With its twin, carbon disc drag system, this reel’s designers eliminated unnecessary bells and whistles in favor of a system that you can rely on trip after trip.
MSRP: 7/8 – $140; 9/10 – $145