Fly Reel Backing

5/14/16 @ 3:56 PM
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amaranthlost
amaranthlost
USER since 5/31/10

What do you recommend for a quality, low dia backing? I'm looking at a (possible) trip to AK to flyfish for salmon and trout and want to have a decent backing. I won't be chasing Chinook and will be using an Okuma Sierra 8/9 with 8wt line. I picked up some Orvis gel-spun backing and it seems nice but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with something better.

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5/15/16 @ 5:47 AM
Gimper
Gimper
USER since 11/27/01

I use tip up dacron for two reasons. One, it is inexpensive and works just as well as the stuff labeled 'backing'. And B, it is less of a band saw blade than thin gel spun when it is flying off the spool, just waiting to slice your fingers thru the tendons to the bone. 

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5/14/16 @ 5:04 PM
Badgerloader
Badgerloader
USER since 4/10/11

I like dacron braid for backing. If you are using an 8 WF on a Sierra 8/9, you can get 150 yds. of 20# dacron backing on the reel. Cortland & Orvis are two brands of dacron that I can recommend - there may be other quality brands.

Edited on 5/14/16 6:29 PM
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