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Backing Question

Postby BCflyfisher2012 » Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:06 pm

What is the popular amount of backing to have on a reel for a 6wt and is there a preference amongst everyone as to type of backing? The reel is being used for light salt and smallmouth bass fishing.



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Re: Backing Question

Postby mb82 » Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:29 pm

I personally prefer Dacron for that. No need for the extra backing capacity( is there any need for it?) It is cheap and it does the job. Also nice thing is that it won't cut you nearly as fast as Gelspun will, and it won't cut into itself nearly as easily.
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Re: Backing Question

Postby BCflyfisher2012 » Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:43 pm

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Re: Backing Question

Postby hh65cdr » Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:21 am

Bradley, I put as much backing as I can get on it just before it causes the flyline to bind up in the reel. My reason? A wise man told me that when you reel it brings more line in per each crank you make. Makes sense but is only needed on bigger fish. I prefer dacron as well. Just my two cents.
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Re: Backing Question

Postby meatstick » Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:38 am

Yep, dacron ... not a gel spun man. I say go to a bigger reel
for more backing.

How much for a 6 wt ? As much as a balanced reel will hold.
Maybe a small arbor.

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Re: Backing Question

Postby Cutter » Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:24 am

If you don't ever expect a fish to take you into your backing or fish light tippets, 20# dacron is fine. For fish that will fight into backing and require a good pull I don't trust dacron. it tends to rot and break at odd moments.
Be careful of overfilling a spool. Full is good to max retrieve, but if you wind in a fish with line piled on one side of the reel you can bind the reel if it is too full.

hope you see the backing often! enjoy.
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Re: Backing Question

Postby Emerson » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:40 am

I agree with Cutter...I have all of my salt water reels with gelspun or Power Pro/Tuff backing....50 lb....it is skinny...you can put tons on and it lasts forever...watch out with you fingers if you get into your backing as it will cut you!
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Re: Backing Question

Postby BCflyfisher2012 » Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:24 pm

Thanks guys. What weight rods are you all using for the albies?
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Re: Backing Question

Postby Emerson » Sun Nov 08, 2009 4:10 pm

10 weights primarily
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Re: Backing Question

Postby BCflyfisher2012 » Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:25 pm

Thanks. Im gonna do everything in my power to get down to Harkers next year and I wanted to make sure I am geared up appropriately before then.
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