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Author Topic: [Fishing Line] Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?  (Read 345 times)

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[Fishing Line] Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?
« on: February 11, 2017, 08:00:22 PM »
If you are like me, you never spool your entire reel up with flourocarbon or braid. Heck, the stuff is just too expensive to do that with it. Also, if you are using braid, no mono backing will cause your braid to slip on your spool which will mean many lost fish.

So, ok, we use mono backing on our spools. How do you know how much to put on? Do you just fill it up to a certain point and then tie your braid/flouro to your backing and fill it the rest of the way? I suppose you could do that if you are familiar with your spool and how much line it holds.

I've got a few new reels over the last year that I am not very familiar with how much line they hold or where to stop spooling up my backing before I switch to my main line. So what I have been doing is filling up my reel with cheap mono. I fill it up all the way, just as if I were going fishing with that mono. Then I go to my front yard, tie on a heavy bait or weight and then give it a cast - a far cast - as far as I can cast. After I cast it, I then strip off about 25 - 50 foot more line. At that point I tie a small knot in my line right next to the spool. I then crank it all back in, go back inside and peel off line until I get to the knot I tied. I cut my line there and tie in my braid/flouro to my backing and fill my spool back up with my good line.

This seems to work fine for me. It gives me enough line for good long casts and plenty of extra line to offset for retieing and cutting off nicked/abraded line so that I don't run down to my knot any time soon.

What methods does everyone else use?

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Re: Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2017, 10:06:01 PM »
Jared, I do basically the same thing but with a twist. After joining the backing to my main line I put a piece of electrical tape on the spool, over the knot. This serves to do two things, it flattens out the knot so it doesn't ketch the line & also when :lmao: ( notice I say when ) I wind up with a pro overrun, it won't go all the way into my backing. 
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Re: Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2017, 10:18:39 PM »
Jared, I do basically the same thing but with a twist. After joining the backing to my main line I put a piece of electrical tape on the spool, over the knot. This serves to do two things, it flattens out the knot so it doesn't ketch the line & also when :lmao: ( notice I say when ) I wind up with a pro overrun, it won't go all the way into my backing.

That's a good idea. I like it. (y)

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Re: Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2017, 11:19:37 PM »
No mono here, at least not for the last few years. I just run a couple pieces of duct tape on the spool and let it go.


It would probably save a lot of time and money to use backing again, though.

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Re: Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2017, 10:09:53 AM »
I use mono for backing also but don't know how much I just put enough on there till it feels right usually 10 to 15' I would guess. When I first started I didn't use backing and learned the hard way why. I had just started using braid and spooled up my reel and hooked into a nice fish and away he went I set the hook and he kept going and going and going till all the line came off my reel. Like I said I was just starting out Bass fishing with braid and didn't know better but now I do. :D

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Re: Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2017, 01:37:08 PM »
Well Jared, here's what I do. There are spinning reels out there that require no backing. You can tie directly to reel, which I Do. Now on my bait casters I snake the braid through the holes on reel and spool braid on. Haven't lost any bass yet. Same with flour too. I buy my lines, when I see them on sale. Either in a store or online. I believe in a straight line no breaks in it. Reel- line-hook or lure. This system has worked for me. I fish in the clubs for a total of 51. In my club (Bassin 4 Fun) there are at least 26 and possible a few more at end of season depending on weather. Then during the winter I change the lines out if needed as also during season.
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Re: Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2017, 07:54:28 AM »
Expensive???  You got that right!!  I buy some cheap mono for backing.  I'll step off half of what the reel calls for and stretch out that amount of mono and reel it in then tie the good stuff...usually fluro to that with a piece of electrical tape over the knot.  And yes....I'll make a REALLY LONG cast plus pull off a few feet extra and put a piece of tape there for those times when I get one of those professional overruns. :angry:

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Re: Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2017, 08:21:05 AM »
When I am putting fluro or braid on a reel I use backing, but I do it quite a little different than you guys do it.

I have done is so often that I don't have to make casts.  I take the line across my front yard as far as I need to go into the neighbors yard (a full cast + 50').  Then I cut it and walk back to my garage.  I put it on the reel spool with a piece of tape and crank it on.  The next step is to attach the backing and spool  it on to the point that the reel is full.  I then cut the backing and tie it off to the boat.  I walk back across the yard until I am at the end of the line, take it off the reel, walk back to the garage, get the line and install it on the reel.

Now I have a reel that is as full as I need with the proper amount of backing.  I never have to remove the backing as long as I use the same diameter line on that reel.

The process is a bit different when I can get my wife to do the line walking. :lmao:
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Re: Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2017, 08:46:03 AM »
I have a few spools of Trilene Big Game in different lb tests. You can get a 1700 yard spool of this stuff for about 9 bucks... I ordered a bunch from Tackle Warehouse years ago but you can also pick it up in Walmart for about the same price. .

This is the stuff I use for backing. It's cheap and will back a ton of reels before the spool runs dry.   :thumbs-up-02:

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Re: Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2017, 10:28:39 AM »
One thing that I think you could do is fill the whole spool with mono(its relatively cheap) tie on your lure and go make a long cast with it.  Then pull off another 10 yards for extra and cut the line and make your splice there.  I would think this would work most of the time, but in instances where you're using heavy braid 65-80lb you may need more spool capacity to make up for the larger diameter.

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Re: Mono Backing on Your Reel Spool?
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2017, 10:59:54 AM »
I use a very un-scientific method of eyeballing when it comes to backing.

1. Does the reel have a deep or shallow spool?

2. If deep, I'm going to put a ton of backing on there. It's way cheaper to use the $5 spool of 20lb mono from Wal-Mart than it would be to use the entire spool of BPS Fluorocarbon to fill that thing. I'll spool as much as 3/4ths the way with backing depending on the technique. Jig and pitching rods hardly ever need a long cast so there's no point in spooling any more than 2 cast lengths of line on there. If you backlash that badly, you probably deserve it and shouldn't pick that rod up for the rest of the day. HAHA! :oy:

3. If shallow, I'm going to spool mono until no spool metal is showing and then add about 5-6 cranks more to get even line lay.

To attach my backing to my main line I'm tying an improved clinch knot with 2 twists. 1 twist isn't enough and 3 makes the knot a little larger than I'd like.

 The improved clinch is quick and effective for this application. Wrap a loop of line around your finger, twist your finger twice, and then make your figure 8. This leaves you with an open loop and a loosely cinched knot about 2 inches up the line. Take your main line and run it through the loop you made. Do another 2 twist improved clinch and snug the 2 knots down on each other. Clip the tag ends and you'll have a small 4 twist knot that securely holds your two lines together. This knot should never see the light of day so no need to worry about breaking strength. It's small enough to disappear in the spool and not create a lump but large enough for you to notice when it's time to respool. It's faster than a blood knot or taping/retying a new spool knot over the backing. When you need to respool, just clip the line right below the knot and make a new one.


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