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    Default Line, backing and casting advice

    Howsit all
    Got another newbie casting thread for you haha. Hopefully you guys can offer a little advice. I have an old but perfectly functional 7 or 8w (I think) floating line that has been shortened by a few meters over the years and is now about 22m. It casts well with a 6w and beautifully with a 8/9. I'm fairly fair at casting and cast a full line and a bit of backing without too much trouble. I'd rather spend a few hundred on a new rod than a line. The problem is the dacron backing loves catching on grass during the cast and knots on itself almost every cast, shortening the cast by a few meters which frustrates some and the knotting is going to lose me a fish at some stage i'm sure.
    What would you guys suggest? shorten the line even more and make a shooting head for the 6wt? or maybe switch to a nylon backing?
    Any advice would be appreciated!
    chris

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    Get a longer line, they come in 32M variants these days, don't bother with splices or tricks ... Rather get a new (and longer) line.
    "Hierdie drol het baie vlieŽ" - Ago 2014.

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    Add 5m of braided loop braid between your line and backing. Its thicker and stiffer and doesn't tangle
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    Perhaps try a stripping basket. I agree with Scythe that it isn't a good idea to try and join or splice lines. "A few hundred" might not be enough for a new rod, so perhaps consider a new line instead. The fact that the line has been shortened quite considerable, would explain why it casts so well on a 6wt...its no longer a 7 or 8 wt line, so bear this in mind if you go shopping for a new line.
    Quote Originally Posted by chris, View Post
    Howsit all
    Got another newbie casting thread for you haha. Hopefully you guys can offer a little advice. I have an old but perfectly functional 7 or 8w (I think) floating line that has been shortened by a few meters over the years and is now about 22m. It casts well with a 6w and beautifully with a 8/9. I'm fairly fair at casting and cast a full line and a bit of backing without too much trouble. I'd rather spend a few hundred on a new rod than a line. The problem is the dacron backing loves catching on grass during the cast and knots on itself almost every cast, shortening the cast by a few meters which frustrates some and the knotting is going to lose me a fish at some stage i'm sure.
    What would you guys suggest? shorten the line even more and make a shooting head for the 6wt? or maybe switch to a nylon backing?
    Any advice would be appreciated!
    chris
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    Thanks for the advice guys
    Dtayl's idea was the kind of plan I was looking for and a basket would definately help but I must agree, better to fork out on a shiny new long line, less hassle, and i'll have a spare line for emergencies. Thanks again okes, am loving this forum!
    Chris

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