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I just started using Power Pro and think it's very good but i don't like using a mono line for backing. I've got a few questions for those of you who have been using this line. Power Pro gives a few options for spooling up this line. It states: "if the reel has a hole on the barrel, use it" and/or "put a piece of compressible tape or arbor tape on the barrel before attaching the line". I'm take it the barrel they refer to is the spool. Now using the hole in the spool, are they talking about just tying Power pro to the spool? The 2nd suggestion was to use compressible or arbor tape. I've never heard of arbor tape. Is anyone familiar with using tape for backing?

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I just started using Power Pro and think it's very good but i don't like using a mono line for backing. I've got a few questions for those of you who have been using this line. Power Pro gives a few options for spooling up this line. It states: "if the reel has a hole on the barrel, use it" and/or "put a piece of compressible tape or arbor tape on the barrel before attaching the line". I'm take it the barrel they refer to is the spool. Now using the hole in the spool, are they talking about just tying Power pro to the spool? The 2nd suggestion was to use compressible or arbor tape. I've never heard of arbor tape. Is anyone familiar with using tape for backing?

if your reel has a ported spool like this:

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those are the holes they are telling you to tie your line to. theyre telling you to slide your line in one hole and out the other (no jokes please... :)) and then tie it like that.

as for arbor tape, its like a thin piece of foam with adhesive backing. they should have inluded a small sheet with like 4-5 piece of arbor tape in the package....did you notice a white foam sheet about 3" long by 2" wide? if so, that is the arbor tape they are talking about. it's pre-cut and you just peel a piece off, stick it on your spool, and tie your ilne over that.

personally, i dont trust either of these methods and i just use mono backing. i havent had any issues.

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I don't like the mono backing and just spool up completely with power pro...

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Sigma, Power Pro says with no backing it can give your hook sets problems. You've had no trouble?

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I guess what I don't like about filler line is I think the knot. I use a uni knot and I think it just messes with the Power Pro in casting.

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Sigma, Power Pro says with no backing it can give your hook sets problems. You've had no trouble?

I've had no trouble with setting the hook... i use it predominately with treble hook lures and i have not had any problem whatsoever. Perhaps they are saying that when you set the hook the line might dig into the reel a little, but that is easily solved by dropping down the drag.

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I always use about 20 yards of mono backing. I don't know why anyone wouldn't like that.

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I guess what I don't like about filler line is I think the knot. I use a uni knot and I think it just messes with the Power Pro in casting.

you should only be putting enough mono to cover the spool like 3 times (three passes of the level wind). thats how much i put on at least.

when you have only that much mono and the rest power pro, you should not be casting out the uni-uni knot...

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I use the tape included with Power Pro.  I have had no issues with this method.

Later, :)

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I have 30lbs PowerPro rigged on my Spinning reel.  I used a 7 yard mono backing with a uni to uni knot and it worked great until i got lower and the knot started effecting my casts.

I believe that PowerPro advises these techniques because braid can have a tendency to slip around the spool.  If there is a hole to tie onto on your spool then that will prevent it from slipping.  If not then you use a piece of arbor tape placed on the spool with your knot tied tightly around the spool and arbor tape.  PowerPro comes with arbor tape included in the package for just this purpose.

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Sigma, Power Pro says with no backing it can give your hook sets problems. You've had no trouble?

I've had no trouble with setting the hook... i use it predominately with treble hook lures and i have not had any problem whatsoever. Perhaps they are saying that when you set the hook the line might dig into the reel a little, but that is easily solved by dropping down the drag.

It's just a matter of time before it slips and it eventually will.

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Mono for backing or even electrical tape works.If you don't back your braid it WILL slip sooner or later.

I remember my first usuage and slippage when i was trying to reel in a 6" crappie but couldn't.I ended up pulling the line in by hand....I sure looked like an idiot!  ;D

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I've used power Pro mainly for plastics. I did try it out with cranks but it sounded kinda ruff as I was reeling in the crank. Does anyone use Power Pro for cranks or is braided primarily a soft plastic type of line?

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tie it to the holes in the spool and then go over it with a few wraps of electrical tape.the more tape you use the less power pro you use.

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i use it primarily for cranks and love it

i tie it to the arbor holes, i've had it on for months and it has not and probably will not slip

i'm guessing you guys are talking about spinning reels without the holes

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I spool up a good amount of mono on my reel first just because braid costs a fair amount where mono is cheap. I like to keep a very full spool of line and backing makes it more affordable to do that. I do have some sliping once in a great while but only when I'm hauling a very large bass out of some crazy stuff as fast as I can reel!

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Use a Palamor Knot when tieing on baits.

Use mono backing to avoid problems.

Use braid for topwater frogs, deep water fishing or when fishing in slop, grass and pads.  :)

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Another option is using teflon tape. You can wrap that around the spool a few times and it will cause the braid to dig into it. Its thin stuff and takes up no room, also you wont have to worry about the knot.

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