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Old 06-19-2014, 02:04 PM
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So the other day I spooled up my cabelas prestige premier 9/10 wt reel with roughly 200 yards of gel spun backing and rio outbound short 10wt. Now this was my first time setting up a new reel, and I'm using it for Muskie fishing, which is why I assumed 200 yards of backing would be enough. The problem is, with line and backing on, the reel looks to be only half full. Does anyone have suggestions on this? Should I add the remaining 100 yards of backing that I have, or will I be fine with what I have?Click the image to open in full size.


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How much backing does that reel call for?


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Default Re: Not enough backing?

I'm not sure, I couldn't find any information on the box, I'll see if I can find it online.


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---------- Post added at 04:01 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:56 PM ----------

It says it holds 275 yards of 30 lb backing and a 10wt line, so it appears as though I've under spooled it by about 75yds.


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But even with an extra 75 I feel it would still be underspooled


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Personally if it was me I would add more backing, but I'm not a fan of gel spun. I like my reels to be spooled so that with the line on it is almost full.
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Do you need more? I honestly don't know how far Muskie run. My problem is usually too much **** on the reel. Some uneven windings and it's jammed. I say fish with it; if your not happy, re-spool it then.

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I'd add it, as others said. Wouldn't add it because I thought I'd need it for a musky but would because each time I wound the spool it would take up more fly line. Not a huge difference but backing is cheap and there really isn't a negative to filling the spool.
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Default Re: Not enough backing?

Reel capacities are normally calculated using DACRON Backing and not gel spun. That is the main reason the reel is not filled. Adding more gel spun is not the answer if you what the reel filled.

Take off the gel spun and put on the 30 lb breaking strength of dacron that the reel calls for.
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Default Re: Not enough backing?

Thanks for the ideas, I'll probably respool it with Dacron when I get the chance. Would it be possible to just buy more gel spun or would I need like another 300 yds to fill it?


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Ah I missed the gel spun in your initial post. You can buy more but it is more expensive than going with dacron. I'd buy some dacron and keep the gel spun if you ever rig up for a species that might require you getting into your backing.
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Ok sounds good, thanks for the help!


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