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TOPIC: That fish took 100 yards of backing!

That fish took 100 yards of backing! 1 year 2 weeks ago #101

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So I've heard many guides say... BUT ... how can you be sure? Let me explain a system I've started to put on my saltwater reels.
  1. Get 3 colors of dacron backing. I will use white, yellow, and orange.
  2. Start with orange backing on the reel arbor, and put on 50 yards.
  3. Splice yellow backing onto the orange backing, and put on 50 yards of that.
  4. Splice white backing onto the yellow backing, and top off with either 50 or 100 yards.
  5. Finish white backing with blind splice loop.
The end result will look like this:


That way you can tell how much backing is out by seeing the color. Conversely, this will tell you roughly how much backing you have left before you're in trouble. I like the white-yellow-orange coding because I see yellow="warning" and orange="danger!".

I've found Cortland Micron and Cabelas house-brand to be the best splicing dacrons. Rio, Bass Pro house-brand, and Scientific Anglers are ok for splicing. Orvis-branded backing is really tough to work with.

I use Cortland splicing needles. I've heard really good things about DaHo reverse-latch splicing needles. In a pinch, you can use guitar or piano wire bent into a hairpin.

If you don't know how to splice hollow core lines, here's a video tutorial:


For a primer on how to make blind splice loops, I've posted it here:
Backing loop for your flyline

Hope this helps!
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