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: backing choice for BIG fish

07-01-2002, 01:20 AM
I am looking for a high strength backing with a low diameter and was wondering what people prefer for large tarpon and billfish?Basically I want it for large chinook salmon fishing in the Skeena River.Chances of landing fish are slim on a flyrod because of the large area and fast current,but I'd like to be as prepared as possible.Hopefully we will have access to a boat to follow fish.The fish get up to 100lbs but because of the variables in the river,a large amount(at least 200 yards) of backing is prefered and a minimum of 30lbs test.I was wondering about all the new superbraids and gelspun backing out there.I don't want to use 30lbs gelspun because of it's ultra thin diameter and the possiblity of the backing binding in the reel.If I was to use 65-80lbs superbraid it would be the equivilent of 16-18lbs test and would be easier to handle while still offering more than enough capacity.Obviously the fish do not require line of this strength(as the leader will be less than 30lbs anyway) but I thought it might be easier to handle and bind less?Would this be a good idea?What do people use for backing in heavy saltwater situations?Are there any specific brands anyone could recommend?I was also wondering about flylines and the rated strength of them.I will be using an 11wt rod/reel/line and was wondering what the rated strength of flylines in this weight are?I know some of the lighter lines have either a 20 or 30lbs core.I'm not concerned as my leader will be 30lbs at most,but I'm curious if anyone knows what 10wt,and heavier,lines are rated at?Thanks for the suggestions.

07-01-2002, 08:40 AM
I have had good experience with Orvis "Big Game" backing in the 50#. No complaints.

07-01-2002, 08:05 PM
Thanks for the reply.I'm basically looking for backing at least 30lbs in strength but around the diameter of 20lbs.That way I can get enough on my reel to make it more versitile.I could use the same reel for warm saltwater and on my spey rod without having to change backing or worry about capacity.The only way I can get the diameter I want is to go up to 50-100lbs braid.Obviously this is much stronger than I need but it will still allow for more capacity than reg 30lbs backing.It would also allow for more abrasion resistance.I don't want to use 30lbs gel spun because it is so thin and hard to handle.

07-01-2002, 08:36 PM
Tony, M&Y sells a gellspun 50lb backing that lays flat and therefore dosnt have the usual binding problems.

07-02-2002, 12:39 AM
Thanks,I'll have to look into that.The only gelspun they list on their website is 30lbs Micronite.I find anything thinner than reg 20lbs is too difficult to handle and cuts up fingers easy.

07-03-2002, 07:38 AM
The Orvis backing I refered to is gel spun and has a small diameter. It is flat.
More important than the backing is your reel. What kind and what line weight?

Rick J
07-04-2002, 11:34 AM
Check out Cortland Micronite - I think you can get it in 30# and 50# - it is Corland's flyline backing eqivalent to their gel spun I think - tough stuff - very fine diameter - I have it on a number of my reels

07-04-2002, 06:50 PM
Thanks,but part of my concern is the "fine diameter".I don't want anything much smaller than regular 20lbs dacron as I've found it too hard to handle while controlling big fish.The 30lbs Micronite is too thin for me.The 50 sounds a little better but I haven't seen any in person yet.By jumping up to 65 or even 80lbs the diameter is more to my liking and would still allow more than enough to go on my reel.