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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Fly line backing.

    I'm quite surprised to read that so many people haven't seen there backing, Maybe it's a geographical thing but there isn't a season passes without me seeing my backing line a few times, i think suggestions like save your money or don't bother with it is asking even begging to loose a fish of a lifetime.

    Al

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Fly line backing.

    Just like tangled's experience, the last time I saw my backing was when fishing for grayling on the Tweed at Cardrona - I hooked a salmon which went berserk, took me down to the backing twice before breaking my 4lb tippet.

    Other than that, I have never seen my backing on the rivers that I fish. I have caught trout to over 3lb, some have taken long runs, but not down to the backing. However, I am aware that as speytime has mentioned, a fish of a lifetime may be lurking in the river somewhere, with my name on it so I'm happier to be prepared.

    Anyway, to answer the op's original question, I have never changed my backing for many years. Maybe I should!



    Douglas
    Last edited by eddleston123; 05-11-2019 at 06:48 PM.

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Fly line backing.

    I've been down to the backing again today
    There are two basic fly designs, those designed to catch fish and those designed to catch fishermen, the latter being the best seller

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Fly line backing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_B View Post
    I've been down to the backing again today
    If you have most of your main line out whilst casting, then it is no surprise that you need backing, but for river fishing, in the main, you won't be casting with anything like that, so the trout would have to take off on an enormous run before your backing made an appearance.



    Douglas

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    Default Re: Fly line backing.

    Quote Originally Posted by eddleston123 View Post
    If you have most of your main line out whilst casting, then it is no surprise that you need backing, but for river fishing, in the main, you won't be casting with anything like that, so the trout would have to take off on an enormous run before your backing made an appearance.

    Douglas
    I'm happy to say they make a run like a train on steroids, especially the blue ones

    Todays 125 special was while I was lifting the line to recast
    There are two basic fly designs, those designed to catch fish and those designed to catch fishermen, the latter being the best seller

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Fly line backing.

    Is there much truth in the following.

    Trout will make a longer run whilst in shallow water
    Trout will tend to make a much shorter run whilst in deep water


    Douglas

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    Default Re: Fly line backing.

    Quote Originally Posted by eddleston123 View Post
    Is there much truth in the following.

    Trout will make a longer run whilst in shallow water
    Trout will tend to make a much shorter run whilst in deep water


    Douglas
    Which type of trout? Brownies (in a river situation) look for deeper water & fight from the depths, salmon-like. Rainbows, (pun intended) are a different kettle of fish & are mostly landlocked here. (Away from their natural environment, they were introduced).
    2019 & it will be time for a change.

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    Default Re: Fly line backing.

    I’m more than happy to catch fish that will never take me down to the backing but I do use it to fill the reel
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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    Default Re: Fly line backing.

    The more the reel is filled with backing the lesser the chance of small memory coils and the faster you can wind the line and the easier it is to play larger fish on the reel, and why some of us prefer large arbor reels over small arbor.
    With small stream or brook fishing, consider which gives the most pleasure and use what you feel the happiest with
    There are two basic fly designs, those designed to catch fish and those designed to catch fishermen, the latter being the best seller

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