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    Hey Guys

    I need a little help.

    I am busy putting together an 8wt Salt rod and reel - So I ordered the line, but I need to get some help with what backing to use.

    I would normally ask the flyshop, but I am ordering online considering there is like an 80 Euro price difference.

    Its an 8wt floating line, I am trying to find out the best backing and how much I would need on the reel?

    Thanks for any help guys

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    Jade, normally the reel specs should tell you, or send a mail to the people you are ordering from. Different backing types are thinner than others, and therefore the reel would hold more.
    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 Andre.

    I found the specs and it needs about 100m - Just not sure what pound? Its for small estuary work / largies and seatrout . . . Maybe even a salmon up here.

    To be honest, I am surprised how little information there is out there on the topic.

    Thanks again.

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    I use 20lb 50yds braid for LM dunno if that's of any help to you? At the moment I'm gooing Shilton SL6 with 8wt floating line (100ft) and 9ft-15ft leader.
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    Jade, if you use 50lbs Gelspun you'll be able to at least double that capacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Beast Tamer View Post
    I use 20lb 50yds braid for LM dunno if that's of any help to you? At the moment I'm gooing Shilton SL6 with 8wt floating line (100ft) and 9ft-15ft leader.
    Thanks Gerrit, I was worried that 20lbs might be to light though, I think I might need to go heavier

    Quote Originally Posted by MCC View Post
    Jade, if you use 50lbs Gelspun you'll be able to at least double that capacity.
    Thanks MC - That sounds great - Will order a spool online now.

    Thanks again for the help gents - Much appreciated.

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    http://midcurrent.com/gear/gel-spun-...-reel-backing/
    Some good points

    But check with the reel manufacturer, I know there are one or 2 reel manufacturers, (maybe have changed now) that do not honour the gaurantee if Gelspun is used on the reel. (with the Gelspun/or similar, there is double the amount of line on the reel, double the pressure build up (wrap some mono around your finger, a couple of times and feel the pressure build up) multiply that a couple hunderd times on a reel)
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    you planning on catching bigger fish than Gerrit?

    Quote Originally Posted by JadeDsantos View Post
    Thanks Gerrit, I was worried that 20lbs might be to light though, I think I might need to go heavier
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