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Old 05-07-2003, 06:12 AM
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200 yds should be enough, unless you hook a +10lb bone.
For 2-4 pounders 100 yds is usually enough.

A large arbor reel makes retrieving that backing easier. Or you can fill a big standard reel first with dacron and put some gelspun on top so that your rate of retrieval stays adequate even with 150-200 yds out. The weight of the reel is not so important in bonefishing as you're not casting a lot.

I've only used Orvis and Lee Wulff gelspun and found both ok.
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