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A friend of mine gave me a couple new spools of 12 lb. Micron , the spec sheet for my reels (4-6 wt.) call for 20 lb./100-125 yds. Is there any good reason I shouldn't use the 12 lb. ?
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Default Re: 12 lb. backing ?

Other than filling the spool, no. As long as you're never in a situation where you might need the breaking strength of the backing, which on the lighter weight rods you may never, the 12 lb would simply be there to act as a filler. You may have to put more on to get the proper fill, as the 12 will be slightly smaller diameter than the 20 lb.

I use 20 lb on my lighter reels simply because I bought a bulk spool of dacron trolling line, but otherwise would have seen no reason not to use something of a lesser breaking strength. Fact is, on my 6 wt & lighter I've never seen the backing since it was put on the reels.
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A friend of mine gave me a couple new spools of 12 lb. Micron , the spec sheet for my reels (4-6 wt.) call for 20 lb./100-125 yds. Is there any good reason I shouldn't use the 12 lb. ?
I have #12 on both my 4 wts, #20 on my 5wts & 6wts, #30 on my 8wt
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Default Re: 12 lb. backing ?

I have 30 lb on all my reels for rods heavier than my 6 wt, and again on most reels I'm using regular braided dacron trolling line from a bulk spool. I haven't found it to be much difference than "fly line backing" except perhaps it may be slightly larger diameter so might reduce the yards a bit. That's yet to be an issue for the fishing I do.

I think I have some Micron on some reels too but likely couldn't tell you which ones.
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Default Re: 12 lb. backing ?

Your backing just needs to be stronger than the heaviest tippet you might use
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Default Re: 12 lb. backing ?

Thanks guys , that will work for me.
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Default Re: 12 lb. backing ?

12lb backing is handy for smaller reels when you use DT lines.
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12lb backing is handy for smaller reels when you use DT lines.
Perfect, all my 4 & 5 are DT and some of the reels are older smaller spools.
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Default Re: 12 lb. backing ?

Does anybody know the diameter of 12# dacron backing? I'm trying to find out the ratio of 12# to 20# so I can figure out how much more 12# backing would fit on a reel rated for a certain length of 20#. I've got a small 3-4 wt reel that I'm trying to squeeze a 5 wt line onto, bout it only takes 40 yd or so of 20# backing with a 5 wt line.
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Does anybody know the diameter of 12# dacron backing? I'm trying to find out the ratio of 12# to 20# so I can figure out how much more 12# backing would fit on a reel rated for a certain length of 20#. I've got a small 3-4 wt reel that I'm trying to squeeze a 5 wt line onto, bout it only takes 40 yd or so of 20# backing with a 5 wt line.
the spools I have are Cortland and it doesn't say on the label. It looks about 1/2 the 20 lb on my other reels
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