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Old 11-13-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default baitcasting/braided line & mono backing

How important is it to put mono backing on a baitcasting reel that your are going to load with 65lb Tuf line. I just loaded a Curado with out backing and now am reading instuctions that reccomend the backing of about 25% of reel capacity to avoid some casting problems from the braided line becoming imbedded.

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Old 11-13-2007, 04:26 PM   #2
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I would definatly suggest putting some type of mono backing on there even if its only a few wraps, take it from a guy who has expirienced slipage. I usually like to put 3 or 4 passes of the guide on there, this will ensure u wont have slipage at a critical moment. And also make sure you wrap that braid on tight.
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Old 11-13-2007, 04:30 PM   #3
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Sometimes I use backing, sometimes not. Depends on how much line I want to put on the reel. River fishing, I never put more than 100 yards of spectra on so I often use backing. My ocean rods, I use spectra from spool to top. I have never had a slippage problem though I have heard of it. I just make sure to spool the line on as tight as possible. Not sure its critical, but I put a drop of superglue on the knot at the spool.

You should be ok.

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Old 11-13-2007, 04:37 PM   #4
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I spool my entire reels with it, Calcutta, Castaic, Shperos.
No slippage or embedding.
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Old 11-13-2007, 04:58 PM   #5
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Default Re: baitcasting/braided line & mono backing

I have never had a casting reel slip, however, I have had a spinning reel slip.

Definitly, wouldn't be a bad idea..........TO add just a little mono backing...
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:37 PM   #6
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Default Re: baitcasting/braided line & mono backing

There are basically two reasons people recommend mono backing for braid.

1. To keep the braid from slipping on the spool. Braid has very little stretch and doesn't really "grab" the spool on the initial wraps. A short length of mono spliced onto the braid and tied to the spool solves this problem. A couple of turns of tape (electrical, masking, etc) on the spool first works as well and then the mono backing isn't necessary.

2. Some reels hold way more braid than you really need, so a mono or dacron backing is recommended.

If you use tape on the spool and don't have way more braid on the reel than you really want, you don't need mono backing.
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:53 AM   #7
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There are basically two reasons people recommend mono backing for braid.

1. To keep the braid from slipping on the spool. Braid has very little stretch and doesn't really "grab" the spool on the initial wraps. A short length of mono spliced onto the braid and tied to the spool solves this problem. A couple of turns of tape (electrical, masking, etc) on the spool first works as well and then the mono backing isn't necessary.

2. Some reels hold way more braid than you really need, so a mono or dacron backing is recommended.

If you use tape on the spool and don't have way more braid on the reel than you really want, you don't need mono backing.
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:58 AM   #8
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Since Fishermans spooled the reels and I have 75yds on I would think there wouldn't be a slippage issue. I was mainly concerned about the imbedding issue and it doesn't seem to be a big problem. Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:18 AM   #9
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I spool my entire reels with it, Calcutta, Castaic, Shperos.
No slippage or embedding.
i"ve never had i problem i use the whole thing, but i've heard of people having problems. just do waht you feel comfortable with.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:51 AM   #10
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I always use mono backing. Fighting an oversize sturgeon last year I had a Penn 330 real, filled to the top with 80lb braid slip on me. Wow. How frustrating! Cheap easy insurance for me!
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:47 AM   #11
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Wrap it very tight. if you dont and you hook up right away or get in a situation where you put pressure on the spool it will embed and your almost guaranteed that whole mess gets cut off. not fun.
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:44 AM   #12
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Default Re: baitcasting/braided line & mono backing

I'm another who puts mono backing on for two reasons:

1) Minimize/reduce slip
2) To have a "full" spool...60% mono with 40% braid over the top
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:24 AM   #13
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Cool Re: baitcasting/braided line & mono backing

I use 65 Tuf and never put backing on.I use a wrap of black electrical tape and put the line on very tight. I've even used no tape and not had a problem as long as it is put on tight it seems to be fine. On my larger reels I use it till it shows wear and then reverse it on the spool. Works great. Gotta love that Tufline!
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:34 AM   #14
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Default Re: baitcasting/braided line & mono backing

As I raise my hand and say..." yaaa, I'm a dumbass".

I have a Penn 321 and it was loaded with 80 lb PowerPro. On a cold morning after getting on the boat and heading out I tightened my drag up but I could pull line off with ease, even after cranking the drag down. My buddy said my drags disks are worn and I needed to take my reel in for new drag disks, which cost me 25 bucks. The second season it happened again so I replaced the disks myself figuring I had a crappy reel. One cold morning again… no drag! I got a name of a guy from Sportsmen’s in Salem who I called. He asked me one question… “You using braided line?” I said “yes”. He said “I’d love to take your money, but first try taping the line to the spool to prevent slippage and see if that works for ya”. Shazaaaam! No more line slippage and therefore, drag works great.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:20 PM   #15
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Default Re: baitcasting/braided line & mono backing

I have heard of story that the mono backing is what save the fisher from losing the entire fishing rigs and/or being pulled into the river.
50lb mono line breaks easier than 80lb braid line especially if you don't have a knife to cut lose when big fish decide to run away.

Another thing to consider is your "wallet". You will likely only using the first 100-150 yds of the line. Filling up with 600 yds of braid line is costly. Filling 200yds of braid and some length of mono line is a lot less pricey.

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