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#11935268 - 11/15/16 10:36 AM Backing for Braid
West Texas FX Offline
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Registered: 01/13/14
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Loc: Midland, Tx
When putting braid on a baitcast reel do you guys use mono or tape as backing?

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#11935279 - 11/15/16 10:44 AM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
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Loc: Houston, TX
Tape.
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#11935282 - 11/15/16 10:46 AM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
kellisag Offline
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Registered: 12/08/06
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Loc: SETX
Mono but ^^^Tape sounds easier.

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#11935287 - 11/15/16 10:48 AM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
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I use mono
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#11935319 - 11/15/16 11:06 AM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
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Registered: 03/04/09
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Loc: Lantana,Tx
I use braid to back braid hammer

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#11935374 - 11/15/16 11:47 AM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
Mike_Soriano™ Offline
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mono with tape over the knot. Line is lighter than tape and the single price of tape will keep your line from getting snagged on the knot midcast.
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#11935385 - 11/15/16 11:53 AM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: Mike_Soriano™]
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Originally Posted By: Mike_Soriano™
mono with tape over the knot. Line is lighter than tape and the single price of tape will keep your line from getting snagged on the knot midcast.


Exactly what I do
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#11935397 - 11/15/16 12:03 PM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
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What does weight of line versus tape have to do with backing?

Most people use mono for backing with braid. Reels are designed to be fully spooled (or almost) for best performance. Because braid is smaller diameter and much more expensive than mono, it takes a lot more line and $ to fill a reel to capacity with braid. In this regard, I understand why folks use it as backing for braid. Plus, if tied properly, mono will not slip on your spool and braid will.

I think that most folks who fish braid use it for specialized applications like pitching in heavy cover, etc. Full spools aren't needed in these presentations.

Myself, when fishing for BIG fish, I want my spool full of braid to allow for multiple reties during the day. This is why I only use tape for my backing. Keeps the line from slipping on the spool. All the other talk about "cushioning" is just that.

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#11935414 - 11/15/16 12:17 PM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
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because the line is lighter than the tape thus making the tape much smoother and sort of lubricates the line so the knot stays consistent with the braid while casting.

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#11935415 - 11/15/16 12:17 PM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
El Skeeter Offline
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Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 429
Loc: Kissimmee,FL
Mostly a preference thing, not to mention more economical to have mono 1/4-1/2 spooled, then braid on top.

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#11935420 - 11/15/16 12:20 PM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
Huckleberry Offline
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it's best to splice braid to mono to braid to mono to braid to mono over and over again in 12" sections until the spool is full. This way you have a choice between using mono or braid, but always of course start out with mono as your backing ....... and a piece of tape at each knot. Oh and a Tatula is best for this application .... no micro guides!


Edited by Huckleberry (11/15/16 12:23 PM)

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#11935572 - 11/15/16 02:32 PM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
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tape

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#11935584 - 11/15/16 02:39 PM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
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I don't use a backing. When the braid seems to be getting worn, I unspool it, and re-spool it from the unused end.
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#11935598 - 11/15/16 02:50 PM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: Cass Caldwell]
hornet527 Offline
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Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 356
Loc: Bronte
Originally Posted By: Cass Caldwell
I don't use a backing. When the braid seems to be getting worn, I unspool it, and re-spool it from the unused end.


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#11936424 - 11/15/16 10:00 PM Re: Backing for Braid [Re: West Texas FX]
Hog Jaw Offline
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Registered: 06/09/08
Posts: 1589
Loc: The Great State of Texas
Tape

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