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: Changing Backing ?

01-18-2001, 11:57 AM
With the Malboro show a day away & no "big-ticket" Items on my shopping list, I've been thinking about what little things I need for SWFF-season-2K+1. The backing on my Tioga is now 2 seasons old; how often should you change your backing? Also, recommendations for type/brand?

I'm mainly looking forward to the Tying Demos & Seminars, as well as, a Social.

01-18-2001, 12:13 PM
Most shops will not have their machines at the show. I wouldn't buy the individual spools for large reels like we use for stripers unless you are going to bring them into a shop with a machine later - in which case you could just wait. The wraps near the spindle will be set up much better, and although last year put us into the backing quite often I would still recommend against for tension and distribution of the backing on the spool.



01-18-2001, 12:39 PM
Ya but how often? Right now my rule of thumb is NEVER! Ok, now that I'm into backing more with these big stripers I'll probably modify that a bit. But is it like the myth on changing your oil every 3000 miles? I change my oil every 8000. My last Engine ran to 180 and was still running perfectly when I sold it.
Some spin guys change mono every year or every bass tournamant. I've fished with 20 year old mono and found it to be either amazingly supple or dry. Whatever the case I've seen some really old backing out there. Doesn't that braided material last forever?


01-18-2001, 01:12 PM
Having broken backing in the past, let me tell you -- replacing backing is a lot better and less costly than watching a $50. flyline swim away. Sun and salt will weaken backing after a few years and Ping! I fish very light tippets too, so that backing must have been pretty weak. sR

Nathan Smith
01-18-2001, 02:21 PM
Every other year for me. That is like 2.50 a year. Not a big investment. I also lost a line and a big fish year before last because broken backing. One piece of advice. Get white. The dye on the yellow/chart. bleed on you line and your reel.

01-18-2001, 02:29 PM
Juro good point about the machine. However, I got a Cortland Clear Intermediate for x-mass & I was going to put this on the extra cartridge of my Cortland CL-IV. I heard that you're better off putting backing onto a cartridge reel by hand because the machine tension can cause the cartridge to buldge out & malfunction?

As far as the existing backing goes, maybe I'll test it with a 20lb weight & let that make the decision for me.

Any other Ideas for odds-and-ends?

01-19-2001, 08:39 AM
Change it every year & have a shop do it:
1. it's cheap
2. it's a good practice to clean the spindle/ inside of the spool once a year, especially if you fish the salt.
3. you'll be amazed at what you find in there; salt crystals (even though you wash your gear after every outing) & MASSIVE overwraps that could lose you a flyline & the fish of your life.


01-19-2001, 05:41 PM
I think that if you have 30# dacron on there, it should be good for a long long time. Every one has a different story, so check it frequently(and frequently retie your knots) but I have seen a lot of perfectly good 10 year old backing.