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I recently birdnested rlly bad on my bait caster with 15lb braid. Had to cut about 80yards off the reel. Went and bought some 20lb braid and didn’t wanna waste the remaining line on the reel and decided to tie the new braid to the remaining. Is there any reason that is a bad idea or?

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Ive got braid as a backing on some of my baitcast reels....i always make sure there is enough line before the knot so that i don't end up casting the knot through the eyelets...that messes ups casts and can damage the knot.

 

As long as your knot stays buried in the spool and doesn't see any action you should have no issues...

 

2 things to consider....

1) 15-20 Lb braid is a VERY small diameter...it has a tendency to dig into itself when casting making a backlash almost impossible to get out....try upping your line size to 40lb braid, it will be thicker in diameter and will help keep the backlashes down

2) Be extra careful when using braid as a backer on your reel it has a higher chance of slipping on the spool if not put on with enough tension

 

good luck!

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Have cheap mono as backing on all my reels with braid on them so braid to braid should not be a problem. Agree with the earlier post on all points except I use 30# and can pick out most professional overruns but am considering moving up to 40# due to issues with the line digging in at times.

  

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No problem going braid to braid. Knot should never come into play if set up properly. A simple uni-uni will do the trick.

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^^^This

 

I have braid backing and have 75 yards after the knot.

If I have an issue, I take off the line back to the knot and add another 75 yards

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I personaly wouldn't use braid backing on anything. Cheap mono from Walmart as backing. If your tying braid to braid, use the double uni knot.

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x2 on cheap mono from Walmart as braid backing. Saltwater is a different story with long runs, but for Bass use light mono (I use 6lb). The braid will cut more into a heavier mono backing and you'll save $$ and use less braid. Unless, you have a shallow spool reel it wont help as much but I like high capacity reels.

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2 hours ago, FLAGATOR49 said:

x2 on cheap mono from Walmart as braid backing. Saltwater is a different story with long runs, but for Bass use light mono (I use 6lb). The braid will cut more into a heavier mono backing and you'll save $$ and use less braid. Unless, you have a shallow spool reel it wont help as much but I like high capacity reels.

Talk to me about salt water use and backing. I’ve always wondered what the ‘best’ backing would be.

 

Right now I either spool it up with all braid or use 16# Ande mono as a backing. This is either 10# or 20# Sufix 832. All spinning gear.

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1 hour ago, Scrapiron said:

Talk to me about salt water use and backing. I’ve always wondered what the ‘best’ backing would be.

 

Right now I either spool it up with all braid or use 16# Ande mono as a backing. This is either 10# or 20# Sufix 832. All spinning gear.

Well a big fish can spool you, so you need braid down to the bottom of the spool. Electric tape wrap the spool first, then tie your knot to that, and use a strong knot like a uni to the spool.

 

 

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10 hours ago, Team9nine said:

No problem going braid to braid. Knot should never come into play if set up properly. A simple uni-uni will do the trick.

Exactly what I was gonna suggest. 

 

And welcome to the forums, Jackson! :) 

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Wow, I cannot even think about a baitcaster with 20lb braid.  Kind of like casting with real heavy sewing thread.  50lb is low as I go and that it on my frog reel.  I am not into braid on my baitcasters other than that.  I know it is popular, but not for me.

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My advice is to make sure the knot isn't going through the guides regularly. One of my frogs and about 20yds of line is currently floating down the Tennessee-Tombigbee if it hasn't already made it to the Gulf of Mexico.

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I personally would avoid tying braid to braid on a small bait casting reel.  Simply re spool with new line, or use mono for backing.  If you do want to join braid to braid, a double uni is as good a connection as any, easy to tie, goes through guides well, and is OK for strength.  On large salt water reels that can have well over one hundred  dollars of braid on them,  there are times when I have no choice but to join two sections of braid.  I will tie a Bimini twist on each section, then tie the two Bimini loops together with a double uni.  The doubled line increases the strength of the knot but does not go through guides as well.  Works well but not as strong as hollow braid spliced. 

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