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#11837946 - 09/19/16 06:11 PM Best method for bad backlash
Nathan_Flovin Online   happy
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Registered: 04/16/16
Posts: 527
Loc: Plano, Texas
I got a really bad backlash on my top water rod and can't get it out. I want try avoid cutting the line but it is one of the really bad ones that you can't pull out easy. Any tips on getting it out?

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#11837958 - 09/19/16 06:17 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Nathan_Flovin]
bobrfishes Offline
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Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 813
Loc: Lake Fork & Longview Texas
Sounds like a smart ___ reply but reel the line back on over the backlash and
take it home to work on it.
You will be amazed at how often it will come out easily.
I have not cut a backlash out in 20 + years doing this.
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#11837964 - 09/19/16 06:20 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Nathan_Flovin]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3305
Loc: Arlington
Thicker lines, crank down the drag, put your thumb on the spool and apply pressure while you crank. Repeat several times. Sometimes that will get a backlash loose. It sounds like yours is probably too bad for that method. Carry a pick and magnifying glass if your eyes aren't the best. Slowly pick away at it with the pick. Most times, I just start picking and pulling anything that I can get hold of on the spool and not even try to see the problem and eventually it will free itself but to be honest if it won't come free in a few minutes, I just cut the line off and start fresh.

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#11838057 - 09/19/16 07:13 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Nathan_Flovin]
SAKS Offline
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Registered: 07/23/14
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If it's that bad and you are using flouro you better inspect it good if you get it untangled. Backlashes can cause crimps in the line sometimes and that is bad news on flouro.

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#11838073 - 09/19/16 07:21 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Nathan_Flovin]
fishinlance Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 332
Loc: waxahachie
Spin it backwards and pick at it at the same time get some big loops then try to pull out and repeat

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#11838081 - 09/19/16 07:26 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Nathan_Flovin]
Bill Durham Offline
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Registered: 11/10/12
Posts: 466
Loc: Crowley
Back when I used to get those.. lol.. a small crochet needle helped getting to those key loops way down in the birdnest. What I do is pull the end of the line until it locks up by a loop.. then I work on puling the loop as far off the reel as I can.. then pull the end lf the line again.. and try just work it out that way.

good luck!
BD

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#11838086 - 09/19/16 07:27 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: SAKS]
McKinneyMike Offline
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Registered: 06/01/16
Posts: 345
Loc: McKinney, Texas
Originally Posted By: SAKS
If it's that bad and you are using flouro you better inspect it good if you get it untangled. Backlashes can cause crimps in the line sometimes and that is bad news on flouro.


Yep. Love floor but if it kinks it is a weak point IME.

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#11838087 - 09/19/16 07:28 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Nathan_Flovin]
Chuck A Offline
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Registered: 07/10/07
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Loc: Weatherford, Tx
Might as well cut it out cuz the line is prolly toast anyway.
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#11838169 - 09/19/16 08:27 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Bill Durham]
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Registered: 08/17/04
Posts: 2458
Loc: Rio Grande Valley
Originally Posted By: Bill Durham
Back when I used to get those.. lol.. a small crochet needle helped getting to those key loops way down in the birdnest. What I do is pull the end of the line until it locks up by a loop.. then I work on puling the loop as far off the reel as I can.. then pull the end lf the line again.. and try just work it out that way.

good luck!
BD

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#11838247 - 09/19/16 08:55 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Chuck A]
GIG'EM AGGIES Online   content
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Registered: 05/14/14
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Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: Chuck A
Might as well cut it out cuz the line is prolly toast anyway.


Yep, save yourself the aggravation, probably need new line anyway.

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#11838346 - 09/19/16 09:35 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Nathan_Flovin]
boeing driver Offline
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Registered: 01/26/09
Posts: 556
Loc: Memphis, TN
This won't help now, but in the future make a long cast and pull off an additional 20 feet of line, then put a 1/2 to 3/4 inch piece of thin electric tape on the spool and reel the line over this. You can also use the adhesive part of a fabric bandaid instead of the black tape. This easy fix will prevent those terrible professional overruns.

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#11838376 - 09/19/16 09:50 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Nathan_Flovin]
Billy_Lawson Offline
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Registered: 02/11/12
Posts: 2638
Loc: Van, Tx
holding a lot of pressure on the spool with your thumb, reel it in a few turns of the spool, then while still holding the pressure pull it out. this gets most out.

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#11838384 - 09/19/16 09:55 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Nathan_Flovin]
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Registered: 11/02/14
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Scissors and new line is THE BEST method.
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#11838489 - 09/19/16 10:58 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Nathan_Flovin]
M. Alexander Offline
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Registered: 08/03/13
Posts: 940
Loc: Rowlett, TX
If it's "really bad", cut it out and respool using the tape method described above. A bad backlash that's been worked on a while, if finally untangled, is damaged line. It will either be susceptible to more backlashes, break in mid cast, or you'll break a fish off. Bite the bullet.
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#11838504 - 09/19/16 11:18 PM Re: Best method for bad backlash [Re: Chuck A]
Kevin D. Offline
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Registered: 04/10/15
Posts: 126
Loc: Bryan, TX
Originally Posted By: Chuck A
Might as well cut it out cuz the line is prolly toast anyway.


See, I would have just said it was the line's fault in the first place and needed to be replaced. cheers
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