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Backing for Braided Line

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Do you use mono for "backing" on spinning and baitcasters for braided line(ieowerpro)
thanks,
howard
post #2 of 17
I am now using all of the Power Pro I had as backing for Fireline.

I use the dacron line that my father stripped off all his old offshore reels. Mono also works fine.
post #3 of 17
YES! I prefer mono on both conventionals and spinning outfits with braid, you need it.. Make sure, if you're using mono, to join your backing to the braid with an ALBRIGHT knot, as its as strong as they come while marrying braid and mono..

I've never used dacron as a backing - what's your thinking on that?

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post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
I think i'll try TUF Line.. how much mono for backing? do you think on smaller reels(baitcast) the line will dig in without mono backing.
thanks,
howard
post #5 of 17
Make sure you it on tight.. Use mono, regular mono.. Tuf line?? Its probably crap

Nothing wrong with Ande, Big Game, or Hi-Seas Quattro.. Just make sure when you spool it, its wound nice and tight..

What's the amount of line you can spool on the reel you're looking to spool? I usually go with 50-75 yds. of backing with smaller conventionals like my calcuttas - If I'm doing this with larger conventionals I'll up it to roughly 100 yds

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post #6 of 17
I use the dacron because it is free (it was going to be thrown out anyway), and it has no stretch like the braid and it is probably thinner diameter than comprable mono, so the braid can lay over it nicely the first few times. I don't know if there are really any performance benefits, but I like the idea of having similar type lines in case I ever get down there on a large fish.

Like I said, mono works fine, just dont use really large diameter stuff to fill the spool quickly. I think you are best off matching the test of the line you are going to use with the backing. Just my humble opinion.
post #7 of 17
Whether you use backing or not doesn't matter too much. You can use a piece of tape to keep the line from spinning around the sppol. From the price standpoint, you really don't really need a reel full of braid for most NE bottom fishing applications. Nothing is going to pull 200 yards of line off your reel in these parts. Just make sure that the braid is on there TIGHT. Due to it's thin diameter, it easily cuts into itself when loosely packed. Tuffline has not caught on too much up here, but I know that it has gotten excellent reviews on the Florida Sportsman forum. I like Power Pro.

[This message has been edited by Gamakatsu (edited 10-06-2002).]
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Seems "most" prefer PowerPro...
What lbs. 20 and 50 or 30 and 50 for most fishing in Hook area(weaks,fluke, small blues,blackfish,strippers.
thanks
post #9 of 17
What rod and reel are going to be putting it on?
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thought you might ask ... well, ct400,abu5600,tica 150,penn squidder and a few mid size spinners(shimanos). I know its hard, but i would like to get 2 lines(20/50 or 30/50 braid)or maybe a 20or30 lb. braid and ultra mono for spinners. Way to easy using 10 lines for 10 reels(I never know which were the better ones!)
Trying to make life simpler in my old age.
Howard
post #11 of 17
PowerPro's good, as well as fireline.. PowerPro is incredibly soft, whereas fireline is brittle which is at times OK.. Whiplash is as soft as a braid'll come - so make your choice on your personal "feel"
post #12 of 17
hrf,

I'd use 30 and 50 because, IMO, the 20 is too thin and and can be difficult at times. Also remember to add 10 - 15 foot length of mono to the end of the braid. Amongst other advantages, mono is easier to untangle and most tangles occur at the end of the line. Try out the braid first on a reel or two and be sure that you like it before changing the line on all of your reels. Also, make sure that your favorite boat does not object to the use of braid. Some boats have an unfavorable view of it and have banned it. It can do nasty things to the mates' hands, it's murder on the shaft of the boat when it gets tangled around it and it's a PIA to untangle.
post #13 of 17
Gamakatsu,

I have found that the occasional backlashes I have had with braid are actually easier to get out than mono. I have only had one that I had to cut out. I don't know why, and would think that because it is a thinner diameter it would be harder to pick out, but that is not that way I have found it.
post #14 of 17
DB, I tend to agree, however, since I believe that hrf is fishing party boats for the most part, I was referring to tangles with other fares. I've seen tangles with braid and they ain't pretty, especially when they tighten up. They don't look bad until you start to work on them, then high blood pressure sets it.

I have to say, I would bet that if I wanted to, I could make a worse backlash in braid than mono.
post #15 of 17
Sorry about that misunderstanding. You are right, when two seperate lines meet it can get quite aggravating to try and seperate them. I forgot I was in the "Bottom Fishing" Forum and casting has no place here. I guess you could get a backlash if you take you hand off the spool when a sash weight hits the bottom for some tile fish though.

Now, trying to make backlashes. Hmmmmmmm, I don't know. I have spent entirely too much time picking through mono birds nests for me to agree with that one. If we should ever meet on a party boat tog trip, and the fishing is slow we'll have to give that a shot. I'll nest up your reel and you can have at mine. That'll keep us busy.
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