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Old 09-27-2010, 07:43 PM
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Default What line backing should I use?

Hi, I am wondering if i should use a 20# or 30# line backing on my 8 wt. I will be using it for steelhead, salmon, stripers, pike, and largemouth. My reel is a large sage 1880 and my line is an 8 wt rio grand. And I think about 150 yards of it will be ideal, right?

EDIT: I decided on gel-spun 30# backing

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If I were you, I'd opt for gel-spun 30#......
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If I were you, I'd opt for gel-spun 30#......
gel-spun ??
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gel-spun ??
its a more expensive line backing that is stronger and is smaller in diameter so you can fit more on your reel.
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Default Re: What line backing should I use?

I would go heavier than 30lb if you are using gel spun for a couple reasons. One is that gel spun in the lower pound tests, though it has a high tensile strength, pops very easily when it hits a sharp object while under pressure.

Secondly, if the fish takes you into the backing more than once, the thin gel spun is more likely to dig into the loosely wound gel spun from the first run causing, at best, a pulsating drag. The exception is Jerry Brown hollow braid gel spun which is much more expensive. That is what I would use if you don't think dacron will do the job.

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Hi Kfisher,
If you know that you will be fighting fish that will take your line into the backing, it is recommended that you tape up your stripping fingers or wear finger guards. GSP fibers are abrasive. They could cut into your skin.

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Default Re: What line backing should I use?

Personally, I'd go with the 30# Dacron; cheaper then gel-spun and easier on your equipment and fingers...

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Personally, I'd go with the 30# Dacron; cheaper then gel-spun and easier on your equipment and fingers...

Dan
And just what are you fishing for and what are your 'chances' of landing a fish 300 foot from your reel? The salt, pretty good, moving water .. not a prayer in heck.

Save for filling your reel, 100 yards is plenty. With a regular line (single or Spey) if fellow gets 50 yards off your reel he's 300'ish+ feet away; save for a boat to chase .. you're toast. Get over it, "reel" life.

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