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I have read a few articles that talk about backing flourocarbon with mono or braid with flouro. Does anyone do this? Thoughts?

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I always back both flouro and braid with mono. Mono is cheaper than the other two and your lines will go a lot longer if you back them.

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I had some 15# CXX lying around from when I first got my baitcaster. It is extremely thick and can fill the unused space on a spool quickly. I use this as backing for the 12# Seaguar red label or 15# Invizx fluorocarbon. Definitely helps with saving on the expensive Invizx.

 

I use a piece of electrical tape to cover the Alberto knot joining the two lines. In theory, this should also help with controlling amount of line affected by a bad backlash.

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If it's a deep spool, and the line is expensive, I will use a backer.  I don't like the feel of a knot when casting, so if it's a shallow spool, then I'll forgo the backer.  With braid, I always use a few yards of mono to keep the braid from slipping on the spool.  I can't tell you how many "broken" reels I've fixed because the drag didn't work.

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I always use backing, but then again I use braid for mainline on all my reels. For stuff like pitching and flipping, I will use as much as 75% mono backing and only 30-40 yards of braid. On spinning gear, and the rest of my casting gear it's more like 50% of the spool with backing, and 60-75 yards of braid. And then on things like my cranking, topwater, jerkbait and frog rods, it's just enough backing to keep the spool covered and the braid from slipping and 100 yards of braid.

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I always use a backing with braid, it keeps it from slipping on the spool and cutting into it. However, I don't use mono or fluoro; I use electrical tape, works great and you only need a couple of wraps around the spool with it. Plus, you don't waste expensive fluorocarbon when you use electrical tape.

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Just watched a video with Aron Martens, he uses braided Dacron line for  offshore fishing. Its lighter than mono or flouro ,you'll be able to cast farther and its fairly cheap. Bass Pro has a Megabraid Dacron. Has anyone tried this?

 

Ed

Looking for the video and I will post video .

 

 

http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-videos/fishing-line-last.html

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How do you know if your reel has a "deep" spool--Citica?

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Just as a general statement, shallow spools will hold less than 100 yards of standard diameter

#12 (.13" diameter).

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Pretty much only braid and spinning used, I don't use any backing, from reels that old about 100 yd to some over 300.  Use masking or electrical tape on the spool and I'm good to go.  Nothing wrong with backing, just not my choice.

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I back all my reels with an inexpensive mono and then fill the remainder of the spool with my line of choice.  

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Jumping in on an old topic but I have a ? to add. Should the "backing" line have a bigger diameter than the leader line?

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Doesn't matter.

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I don't like the knot scuffing my thumb either. I'll use an inexpensive limp mono in about 12# which lays nicely and makes a small knot I can bury without wasting too much braid.

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Jumping in on an old topic but I have a ? to add. Should the "backing" line have a bigger diameter than the leader line?

In theory, it doesn't matter. Lighter line lays nicer on the spool though. It also allows for smaller knots.

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