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Old 09-07-2013, 03:14 PM
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Default Using regular braided line as backing

I seem to have misplaced my backing, but I have a spool of 20 lb super braid sitting on the bench. Would I be ok to use the super braid as backing, or is it too thin? Also what knot is best to use to attach backing to main line? nail knot?
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Default Re: Using regular braided line as backing

Depending on what weight rod your talking about; but, with a 6 or lighter, I'd use it with a nail knot.
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Default Re: Using regular braided line as backing

It would be fine for backing. I use western filament tuff line amost exclusively for backing. A lot of big game guys like power pro too.
For small rod, small game applications the 20# with a nailknot is fine. If you move into the big game realm, I wouldnt use either one of those. When you ar fighting fish off your backing you want it to be a minimum of 30#. Most fly lines have a break strength of 30# and if you are using a 20# class tippet or larger, you have to think about sacrifice points. You want that to be your tippet. If your weakest link is your backing, you could lose everything to a fish.
Braided line is typically wax coated which makes a nailknot iffy under strain. I only use albright knots or loop to loop connections with backing-flyline.
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