08-01-2010, 05:12 PM
Re: Backing for salmon fishing?
Add me to the ditto's above. The interior line in a spey line will frequently be 20# test on lines rated 6 and down, 30# on lines 7 and up. So if it's a really light spey (obviously not given the intended use) 20 would be fine; but not in this case; use 30# if you want a 'regular' Dacron type backing material or something a tad higher if your reel will hold same.
Lastly, don't worry about putting 'gobs' of backing on your reel; 125-150 yards is plenty. Why? Well lets assume you're using a 10' leader, the typical spey line will be 120' long (some like the Carron's will go to 150) and the fish just gets 30 yards of backing off your reel.
Let's see now:
At that point the fish is 220'** off the reel; what do you think the chances are that you'll land same?
** For comparison, 220' is tick short of three quarters of the length of a standard football field.
Edit: "..... and never heavier than 25 lb on the leader." My God Ard, you don't fool around do you!!!!!
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