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    Default Fly reel with spectra

    I was wondering if anyone has done it and was kind of thinking of doing it since it has a smaller diameter than dacron which gives you more backing on the reel.Do you guys think its a good idea or should I just get some gel spun??

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    Default Re: Fly reel with spectra

    I have heard of guys using power pro spectra braid as backing for bigger game fish. You would get more on the reel but it starts getting expensive.

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    Default Re: Fly reel with spectra

    I use 50 pound test Scientific Anglers gel spun backing and 55 pound test Daiwa Samurai Braid (formerly Saltiga Boat Braid) on a few of my saltwater reels.

    In saltwater, line capacity can be your friend. 100 yards of thin braid will take less space on a spool compared to 100 yards of 20 or 30 pound Dacron. That means your backing diameter with braid does not narrow down as much compared to the Dacron.

    Dennis

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    I run either 40lb or 50lb power pro or spidewire stealth(alot smoother than power pro) on all my reels and like it alot more than using dacron. Since switching over to spectra braid I wouldn't even consider using dacron again unless I had no other choice.

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    I also run 50lb PowerPro on my reels for the 6, 8, and 10wt. On the 4 and the 2, I run regular dacron.

    The big thing with powerpro is how thin it is. If you go to thin, that line can become a razor blade if you go to thin.
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    Default Re: Fly reel with spectra

    Only negative I can tell you all, careful on a fish run. You can cut into your fingers quickly with braided. Found out the hard way years back on a "hot" salmon in NY

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    Default Re: Fly reel with spectra

    Scientific Anglers GSP is abrasive, so watch out.

    Daiwa Samurai Braid is the most least abrasive braid, but it still can cause a line burn.

    If you are worried about line burns on your fingers, wear some sort of stripping guards. I usually tape mine up.

    Dennis

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