05-07-2009, 11:08 AM
Re: Looking for some answers.
I missed your first post so welcome to the forum.
1. Does backing form a memory like monofiliment does?
Backing does not have memory like monofiliment. But, it will get some memory over long periods of inactivity. You best solution is to get a friend or wife and pull the line out and stretch the devil out of it. That should resolve any memory it may have acquired.
2. How often does backing need to be replaced?
That is a good question. I don't really know the answer. It would have to do with how much exposure it has had to sunlight and abrasive material. Your line is 14 years old. For my piece of mind, I think I would change it just to be sure everything is good. If you decide to keep it then I would redo all of the knots just as a precautionary thing. You need to have confidence in your setup and if changing the lines helps your confidence then I think it is worth the effort and cost.
3. The same questions apply for the line that is attached to the backing.
What words of wisdom can you share on those?
Same thing here as above. Stretch the snot out of it and check the front 40' or so with a magnifier. Look for cracks or damage to the outside of the line. Make sure the end is sealed so water wont migrate up the line. If you try it and the tip sinks in a short time of use, get a new fly line.
With that said I would replace the fly line with a new one. In the past 14 years there has been some real improvements in fly line design and coatings. Get a new fly line and take advantage of the new features. You will get better performance from most new fly lines.