What # Backing for 7WT Spey?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Benjy, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Philster

    Philster Active Member

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    It's that bright yellow stuff that stains our white fly lines...
     
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    Are you trying to bait me again Ed?
     
  3. Gray Ghost

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    I use 30lb. backing on all my single and two hand fly reels, because I like to put a 6" Reverse Blind Splice Loop on all my fly reels backing. This allows me to change fly lines on one fly reel spool, if all my fly lines have rear running line loops on them . 20lb. backing is too small of a diameter to make a Reverse Blind Splice Loop. I've never had any issues of not having enough backing on any of my smaller weight fly reels using 30lb backing.

    http://www.midcurrent.com/video/clips/anderson_spliced_loop.aspx
     
  4. Philster

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    Yup. For bluewater, this technique and a struebel line winder and you can change full lines in less time than it takes for your buddy to change a shooting head.
     
  5. fredaevans

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    Some very good 'calls' above .. but one question still sits there and 'stares back at you;' (ok, ok, with few exceptions, use 30# Dacron)... but the typical spey line will be at least 120 foot long, a few .. such as the Carron's .. very cool lines I might add ... go to 150 foot.

    Unless you're a 'Master Caster,' how many fish have actually seen ANY of the backing on your reel? Most of my 'fishing' is at/under 70 feet off the reel (plus leader) and the answer would be darned few. Had a few that really did go well into the backing, but those I can/could count on the fingers of one hand.

    You hook fish, he strips off all your line, he's now 120-170 feet from you .. he takes 25 yards of backing off your reel. Now he's close to 200-225 feet away .. and probably down stream and running like he has a rocket up his/her butt ... takes a few more?

    Hope you're in a boat .. or have a hell of a long beach ... you'll need it. But, Ahhhh the 'but,' a memory, Dear Lord, THE memory of "The Fish!" Woozer!

    Just thoughts from personal experience ....

    fae
     
  6. Philster

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    Hey Fred. If you peruse the salt forum you'll see how many of us laugh at the "he took 100 yards of backing!" stories in bluewater let alone steelhead rivers! Anybody wants to do a fun experiment, have a child or buddy run for a few second pulling your backing out then measure it. We hear that shrieking reel and think "Wow 20 yards!", but on a normal arbor reel it's half that at best, and maybe 20 feet:rofl: