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Old 11-27-2011, 07:35 PM
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Default anyone ever try this dacron for backing?

i figure dacron is dacron, but dacron marketed for flyfishing seems to carry a higher price tag. anyone ever try this stuff for backing: Western Filament Dacron Fishing Line, IGFA Dacron Fishing Line ?
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Yes, works just fine, just use 30# at the minimum for rods at/over 6wt. Below that the 20# for a trout rod 'hunts.'
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Default Re: anyone ever try this dacron for backing?

after some digging, it looks like this stuff is pretty thick:
20# - 0.019"
30# - 0.028"

Cabela's Prestige backing:
20# - 0.012"
30# - 0.016"
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Default Re: anyone ever try this dacron for backing?

That's interesting, therein lies the price thing. I guess it comes down to how much you need on the reel.
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Default Re: anyone ever try this dacron for backing?

I'm in the market for some backing at the moment; that stuff is about half the price of what I've been looking at. I wonder if it is non-stretch? Maybe the color choice also has something to do with the lower price (black, white/green). I don't need the thinner material as far as capacity goes and I actually like the thicker stuff for less chance of binding on the reel.
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Default Re: anyone ever try this dacron for backing?

On my reels where the backing will rarely if ever see the light of day, I use tip-up (icefishing) line that I buy on sale at the end of the winter.
Yes it's thick. but if I even have 50' on the reel, that's probably all I'll ever need.

As for that trolling line, when I was a kid that green/white stuff was all we ever used. I think everyone did.
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Default Re: anyone ever try this dacron for backing?

I have a big spool of Cortland dacron that I use for backing. It's the green spot stuff used for trolling. It is slightly thicker than their fly line backing, but like some others have said, for the price difference, it's not a major issue. Even with the thicker backing I have plenty of backing capacity.

I have used some of Western Filaments lines in the past, and never had any issues with any of them.
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Default Re: anyone ever try this dacron for backing?

You can purchase 500 ft spools of braided dacron Kite line for $10.00. I’m not sure on the diameter of the line but I use it for all my ice fishing applications in place of the higher priced tip up line. They sell it in 20lb, 30lb, 50lb and higher. It has always worked just as well as any dacron fishing line. Again I’m not sure on the diameter but I believe it would work just fine at fraction of the cost.
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