What backing for braid?

Discussion in 'Tackle and Rigging' started by Fishhead56, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. Fishhead56

    Fishhead56 Senior Member

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    I am going to be changing over 4 of my reels that are for deep drop from 100 lb mono to a 130 - 200 braid.

    I'm interested in only putting 300 yds of braid on these reels. I am expecting I'll have 2\3 rds of the spool empty with out a backing.

    Since I don't expect to expose the backing.

    What are my options other than leaving a portion of the origional mono on the reels?

    These rigs are not for jigging but for sending live baits to the bottom.
    Thanks in advance.

    3-30-07 on the Big E
     
  2. MrBill

    MrBill Senior Member

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    Just leave that 100lb mono on the reel for the backing. Peel off enough to hold your heavy spectra and splice together.
     

  3. newman

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    I second Mr Bill. 10' should be plenty of backing for your purpose.
     
  4. DavidG

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    I've done this before on a couple of reels for bottom fishing. To get the fullest amount of backing without guessing you'll need two empty reels the same size or larger than the reel you're spooling. I've used this method to put 600 yard of 130# hollow spectra on top of some older 200 solid spectra.

    First, empty the 100lb mono from reel #1 onto one of the other empty reels (#2) (You could also use an empty line spool and some allthread rod to make an arbor to chuck in a drill to help quickly empty the reel. I like to use a spare reel so I can spool back on with against some drag). Spool the 300 yards of spectra onto the empty reel #1. Tie the spectra to the mono on reel #2 (bimini/reverse albright) and continue filling reel number #1 until full.

    Reel #1 is now full with your mono/spectra but it needs to be 'flipped' so the mono is the backing. To do this, spool from reel #1 to reel #3 (mono will be backing). Then spool from reel #3 to reel #2 (spectra will be backing), then finally from reel #2 back to reel #1.

    This seems kind of cumbersom and lots of winding, but if you want to get the reel full and have the most backing under the spectra this works really well.

    David