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Is there some rule of thumb regarding the ratio between braid and the backing you use, or do you just put 100 yards of braid on and fill the rest with backing?

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Whether it's braid or any other line, I would suggest using the same diameters for both backing and the line you fish. I like to have 80-100 yards of "usable" line so I have at least two cast lengths and enough to spare so I don't feel the knot. If you're trying to save your good line, 50-60 yards is probably enough.

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Whether it's braid or any other line, I would suggest using the same diameters for both backing and the line you fish.

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Is that for tying knots?  I was going to use 20/6 braid, but I was going to use heavier backing than 6#.

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I've been using the 100 yd spools of 30 lb test Power Pro for the last several years. I have 4 baitcasters, 2 Daiwa TDA 153 HSTs and 2 Daiwa TDA 150 As. What I did was spool on the PP to one baitcaster, then fill the remainder of the spool with 8lb mono joining the lines with a Albright knot. Then I respooled the backing/Power Pro to the other reel. When I got to the point where the backing stopped and the PP started, I just made a line and measured it to the lip of the spool. I marked the other spools for the correct amount of backing.

This year I'm going with 12 lb test PLine CXX Xtra on two of the baitcasters, so I'll just repeat the process once again to get the new mark and measurement. The backing in this case will be 10 lb Andes mono.

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Whether it's braid or any other line, I would suggest using the same diameters for both backing and the line you fish.

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Is that for tying knots? I was going to use 20/6 braid, but I was going to use heavier backing than 6#.

That's probably fine, we rarely (never) get to the knot anyhow.

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basically putting backing on the reel is to ensure the braid won't slip on the spool when set...though i always put quite a bit on to reduce the usage of braid(it gets expensive)

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Whether it's braid or any other line, I would suggest using the same diameters for both backing and the line you fish.

8-)

Is that for tying knots? I was going to use 20/6 braid, but I was going to use heavier backing than 6#.

That's probably fine, we rarely (never) get to the knot anyhow.

Exactly.  I always try to have the same diameter of line to backing, or as close to it as I can reasonably get.  For leaders I try to go one size up.

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Whether it's braid or any other line, I would suggest using the same diameters for both backing and the line you fish.

8-)

Is that for tying knots?  I was going to use 20/6 braid, but I was going to use heavier backing than 6#.

That's probably fine, we rarely (never) get to the knot anyhow.

Exactly.  I always try to have the same diameter of line to backing, or as close to it as I can reasonably get.  For leaders I try to go one size up.

But why?  Are knots stronger when using the same diameter or does the line spool better or something else?

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My backing line consist of cheap bulk spools such as Big Game or the new Stren Blood Red.  I think the line does spool better when you use the same diameter but thats just my experience.  I always super glue the knots anyway so I don't think the knot can get anymore stronger than that.

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what i do is i put some mono on for about 1/4 of the spool, then i tie on my powerpro and just fill the rest of the spool with it. it serves as a backing and it cuts down on how much poewrpro i go thru (although braided line lasts a very very long time).

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