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    Default Connecting The Backing To Your Reel Spool;

    I don't recall this being a topic and if it has been this should still be helpful. It may seem unlikely but I have never known a good and universal means for making this simple connection or back line to spool. I've hacked along my entire life making up a new knot every time I had to back line a reel.

    Not anymore; I was about to spool up back line to a brand new reel and as I tried to remember how the heck I do this it dawned on me that the computer could probably smooth out the ride for me considerably.

    Video Link Here;

    I did it and can assure you it is simple and works well, thanks to the fellow who took the time to post that. Now it's here for reference because I'm sure I'll need it next time I back a new reel

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    Default Re: Connecting The Backing To Your Reel Spool;

    Nice - I am in the process of doing this also - this was a tremendous help!

    Thanks,

    Jonathan

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    Default Re: Connecting The Backing To Your Reel Spool;

    Looks like a "fishin' fool" knot -- which is basically a uni knot with 2 turns through the eye (or around the spool).

    It is incredibly strong -- won knot wars a couple of years ago.

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    Thumbs up Re: Connecting The Backing To Your Reel Spool;

    You know, for as many reels/spools as I've loaded up with backing, I'm not sure I have ever found a great way to do it. I always find myself looking for the Arbor Knot instructions and it doesn't seem to work out quite the way I had hoped but does end up working.

    This is a MUCH easier way to get it done. Thanks for sharing Ard!
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    Default Re: Connecting The Backing To Your Reel Spool;

    I was serious about what I said in the original post here Jason, I've been making up a new way to do this for going on 50 years Today when I was about to back line that new Hardy I was sitting right here at my desk with a computer directly in front of me and 'viola'!

    I guess I've always accepted any old way I could get it done betting that I'd never get to the bottom of the backing.

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    Default Re: Connecting The Backing To Your Reel Spool;

    This knot looks a lot more secure than the arbor knot I am using now. I knew it was good when I saw musky face at the beginning of the vid. Only thing left now is to hook a fish to test this knot. Or maybe I need to fish with smaller reels?

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    Default Re: Connecting The Backing To Your Reel Spool;

    You were right on in your post Ard. If I had to venture a guess, the probability that you would not have mastered an Arbor Knot or another method to attach backing to a spool would be extremely unlikely. I figure a fellow like you who's been at this for quite some time would have this all figured out. When I think about it though, it's not a knot that we do all that often so it's completely understandable.

    All this said, I don't feel so bad now that I know I'm not alone.
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    Default Re: Connecting The Backing To Your Reel Spool;

    Looks easier than the Arbor Knot I've always used.

    Mike

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    Default Re: Connecting The Backing To Your Reel Spool;

    That post would make a good sticky, Ard, like the one added recently on repairing breathable waders.
    In fact, it would be good to have a place for the moderators to put quality how-to's together in one area. It would save a lot of searching and scratching.
    We have a tip thread (little tricks to share), but some longer posts could be put in this separate section.
    Entries could be suggested, mods could select. This would keep things on track, and avoid adding comments to the area.
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    Default Re: Connecting The Backing To Your Reel Spool;

    Any tips on how to transfer line and backing from an existing reel to a new one? I did it with my 4wt a couple months ago and have brand new 6wt reel sitting in the box because the other was such a pain. Or maybe I'm just lazy.
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