How to Get the Best from Your Braided and Fly Lines Together

If you’re into fly fishing, you’ll definitely know how important backing is. Especially when you’re hooking into a big fish that puts up a fierce fight. This requires both strength and speed.

To land those fish, it's important to maximize the capacity you can get on your reel. And nothing helps with that like a braided line.

You can also use the ultra-small diameter line for backing, but that's evidently not the most cost-efficient solution.

Using the braided line as backing can save you a lot of money that you can spend on more gear and get a bang for your buck.

How to Use Braided Line as Backing?

Firstly, put around 50 yards of your usual 30-pound Dacron backing in a fluorescent color on the reel.

This is to provide a reliable base for layering on your braided line so that it will lay flat instead of having to build up the base with a lot of braid.

Moreover, this serves as an emergency section as you wouldn’t have to reach this stage unless you’ve run out of space to move.

Afterward, attach the Dacron backing to the braided line of your choice with a sturdy Double Unit Knot.

I recommend using a color line that doesn't break the bank. Many popular brand names strike this combination well.

Run around 150 to 200 yards of 40 to 60-pound line on your reel. This depends on the fish you’re intending to catch and the size of your reel.

The smaller the reel, the lighter the poundage, and the smaller the diameter should be.

Finally, just attach your fly line or shooting head and enjoy catching the fish you’re after!

What Test-Pound Braid Should You Use to Back Fly Reels?

To provide proper backing for your fly reel, you should use a 20 to 50 pounds braided fishing line.

If you’re fishing in saltwater, you should go for higher numbers. The range should lie between 30 and 50 pounds.

On the other hand, 20 to 40 pounds would be suitable enough for freshwater fishing.

How Often Should You Change the Fly Backing?

The shortest and most direct answer is an estimate of around 6 months to a year. That is if you frequently use your fly gear and don’t maintain it well.

If you don’t go fishing that often or if you’re really careful with your gear and give it proper maintenance, you might not have to change your backing for a good year or two!

The Benefits You Get When Combining These Two Lines

Braided line is known to have extremely low or no stretch and a smaller diameter that allows you to fill your reel with more line. Moreover, it has anti-absorption and anti-UV characteristics. It also has no memory and floats well in water.

Mix that with the balance, accuracy, and ease-of-casting provided by fly lines, and you'll virtually be unbeatable when it comes to catching the fish you want.

Justin Anderson

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