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I finally broke down and bought some 50lb powerpro.  Has anyone had any issues with putting 75yards of braid over 50 yards of mono? I have read that all you should use is a few wraps of mono to keep the braid from spinning. I would like to be able to spool 2 reels out of one box.

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I think 10-15 yards should be enough. Putting more braid allows you to keep fresh line on after knicks, frays and what not. If you are trying to save money electrical tape or sports tape works as well.

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This is what Russ *** says about fishing braid.

Take it or leave it but I do it and it works great.

Use the thinnest diameter mono line for your backing.

Spool the thin mono diameter line onto your baitcaster or spinning reel about 50% to 75% of its capacity, being sure to leave enough room for the braid.  Russ says there are no advantages to overfilling any reel.

Then, using a "Uni Splice Knot" tie the braid to the mono.

You can also use the same size diameter mono as your braid.

Put the knot to the rear of the spool on your spinning reel and bury the the knot as best as possible on both your batitaster or spinning reel in the mono backing line as best you can.

Then spool on the braid with the braid coming off the bottom of the spool. (Russ says to have all line come off the bottom of the spool.  I don't know why but that is what he suggests.)

Then, put the braid on your reel and you are ready to go fishing.

Since a backlash will cause you to use another reel (yes, may I suggest taking a few reels with you in case you get another "backlash of the century" and have to change reels) Russ suggests you use your index finer the feather the casts to prevent wind loops.

And do not touch the braid unless it is necessary as it can cause a serious cut to your finger.  Only use your thumb to feather the cast to keep the wind loops out of the line.

Be sure to tie a good knot.  I still tie a Palamor knot to tie on the baits even if some of the guys say it is not correct. I also check the knot after every 15 or so casts to make sure it is OK.

Now, with that said, stay tuned for what the guys suggest, too.

Have fun.  Post some pics of those hogs you bring out of the pads, grass and slop.

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what i used to do is spool on mono and leave enough room for twice the distance of your best cast. then spool the rest with braid.

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The size of the mono backing makes no difference, it is just to take up spool space and provide a friction grip on the spool arbor. Large diameter mono=less mono used, small diameter mono=more mono used. That it.

Semi professional overruns are another thing with braids. The line is thin and very flexible, so getting it untangled is a chore. You may want to get a crochet needle to carry along to aid with that process. I keep one in each boat and one in my tackle bag. Throwing a buzzbait into the wind will challenge your patient.

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add as much mono as ya like. all my musky setups have tons of mono underneath the braid... it would cost too much and be a waste to have braid on the entire setup.

also with the braid if you add enough when the end gets ratty you can take it off and reverse it to get double the life.

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I've wrote this before, but I'll give a quick overview again... I don't like to waste line, so this is what I do.....

Take one of those clip on line counters and spool X amount of line onto your reel, what ever amount will divide up the spool evenly. Now fill up the reel to the proper level with backing. Next mount an empty spool on a bolt an put it on a drill. Strip the line off the reel. Transfer the line to another spool so the backing is on the outside. Now spool up the reel and go fishing.

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To answer your question. Yes you can put enough mono backing on so you can spool two reels with one box of braid. I do it all the time!!!

After you have retied lures enough times that you are getting down to the mono backing when you cast it's time to respool the braid. You can leave the same backing on just retie the new braid on.

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To answer your question. Yes you can put enough mono backing on so you can spool two reels with one box of braid. I do it all the time!!!

After you have retied lures enough times that you are getting down to the mono backing when you cast it's time to respool the braid. You can leave the same backing on just retie the new braid on.

Bingo. Use whatever ratio you think works. I myself prefer to be able to fill 3 reels with 50 yds of braid each time with the rest being mono underneath.

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I already had backing set to leave 75 yds of fresh line because I did that with my yo-zuri hybrid.  My biggest concern that I had was about the braid digging in with that much mono under it.

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