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Old 05-20-2019, 08:32 PM
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Default How much backing for braid super-lines?

I have a reel I want to setup for pike fishing. I won't use it often but want it setup with one of the braid super-lines. The reel is rated for 195 yards of 17# mono. Thinking a backing of mono is appropriate to cut down cost of line and prevent slipping on the spool. Throwing 1 1/2 oz and lighter baits and spoons.

Thoughts on how much mono should be on the reel before adding a 100 yards of braid.

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Old 05-20-2019, 09:39 PM
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What diameter is the braid and what diameter is 17 lb mono? If you know those two numbers you should be able to get pretty close.


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Letís say the braid is half the diameter of the 17lb. That would mean you would need 145 yards of backing to get full spook with 100 yards of braid.




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It's a little bit of a hassle but what I have been doing is reel on your 100 yds of braid then tie and reel the mono backer until you get it where you want. Then you will need two extra spools, a cordless drill, and a bolt and nut to mount the spools onto the drill. Transfer the line onto one spool then transfer the line onto the other spool to get the line switched the right way, then reel it all back on and it will be just how you want it.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:34 AM
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I use the eyeball method. I eyeball filling the spool about halfway with mono and then the remaining space on the spool with braid. Although I can be pretty anal about things like which blow up animals make it on trips to Canada, this decision I just keep it simple. If I hook into a fish that takes enough braid line out to reach the mono, it is time to strap on the fighting belt

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It's a little bit of a hassle but what I have been doing is reel on your 100 yds of braid then tie and reel the mono backer until you get it where you want. Then you will need two extra spools, a cordless drill, and a bolt and nut to mount the spools onto the drill. Transfer the line onto one spool then transfer the line onto the other spool to get the line switched the right way, then reel it all back on and it will be just how you want it.


Iíve done this method with one reel by walking down the sidewalk before. Fill in reverse, tie it off and start walking. When you get to the end, cut it and walk to to the other end. Tie the other end on and reel it up.


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I usually just put a 3-4 level winds and that usually does the trick
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:09 AM
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Fill it 3/4 of the way with mono and then put on the braid.

If anything, you'll need to remove some mono. You can quickly remove the braid to get at the mono if you need to. Just wrap it around a larger foam noodle or something...heck I've used my daughters stuffed animals to wrap braid on for a bit.

Remove the mono you need to and wind the braid back on.
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Iíve done this method with one reel by walking down the sidewalk before. Fill in reverse, tie it off and start walking. When you get to the end, cut it and walk to to the other end. Tie the other end on and reel it up.


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This also removes all the twist in your line, especially on a spinning reel.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I should have stated spinning reel.

Normally I'm a do the math guy but the reverse spool, go for a walk and reel it in seems like a great way to do it right and do it once.

Sure is great to have centuries of fishing experience available to shorten just about any learning curve.

My orange and gold swirl Doctor Spoons arrived in the mail today so just about ready to try it! The first big test will be Devils Lake early June.

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