Just a reminder to you beach bums to make sure to check your backing once in a while. I took an intermediate line off a spool last night, and replaced it with the same line in a floater. When I took the first line off, I stripped off and removed a bunch of backing as well, as the spool was a little too full for my liking when reeling all the way in. Anyway, fast forward to today.... I was out a little bit ago putting the cover over our travel trailer for the winter. I needed some rope to secure the sides of the cover, but I couldn't find anything.... Then I remembered the backing I stripped off my reel last night. Well it was right on top of my fly tying trash, so I grabbed it and went out feeling quite proud of myself for repurposing this stuff! Long story short, the backing broke 3 separate times as I was pulling down to tighten it up to tie off the cover. This backing was brand new just a year ago. I've always sorta neglected my backing, but if it snapped that easily just with me pulling on it I would hate to see how it would do with an angry chum on the other end. Would sure suck to see a $100 shooting head disappear.