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Old 10-22-2007, 03:39 PM
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Default Re: Backing

Hi FISHN50,

I think you will like that TIOGA reel. The backing could be a problem unless you know for sure what is on the reel. Make sure the backing is braided and not fused. You do not want it to be too small in diameter. The Super Braids are made from Spectra® Fiber and not nylon. It should be at least 30lb and could be as much as 50lb. The smaller diameter of the Super Braids contributes to its ability to cut you. You have to be careful with your knots. The material is very slick and the knots will slip if not tied correctly. If you tie a uni knot with 5 wraps of mono you may need 9 or 10 wraps with super braid. This is one application where a dab of Knot-Sense or Super Glue may be appropriate if your knots slip.

One problem of keeping the backing on the reel is you don't know what you have. I would take a piece down to Wal Mart and compare it to the lines there. Match up the diameter of a similar line and that will tell you what weight the line is.

You need to be aware of the safety aspects of using a Super Braid. If you are careless it will cut you like a knife. When playing a fish you should be on the reel by the time you get into your backing. You should keep playing the fish from the reel and don't try to strip in or grab the backing by hand. Other than that it is great line with no stretch.

Frank
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