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Backing for Bonefish

Posted on January 28 2012

Bonefish Backing
Obligatory spinning reel shot. Photo: Louis Cahill

A recent conversation with a fellow ‘angling professional’ brought to light the fact that there are lots of different opinions out there when it comes to backing and flats fishing.

Some overriding backing philosophies that come to mind are

  • Use whatever you can fit more of on the reel
  • Use whatever is simplest
  • Use whatever is strongest
  • Use a combination of materials, for various and sundry reasons.

What Kind of Backing Do You Use for Bonefish?  Why?

We’re curious as to how you rig your bonefishing reels with backing, and we want you to leave us a comment and let the world know.

We’ll start.  Your humble editor prefers plain old boring 30# dacron backing, preferably in a hi-vis color like yellow.  It’s plenty strong, and its simplicity gives some peace of mind.  It’s nice to be able to see the backing easily if the light is funky.

OK, now it’s your turn.  Leave us a comment and let us know what kind (or kinds) of backing you use when you’re bonefishing and why!  NOTE: If you’ve viewing this in a newsletter or a reader, click here to leave a comment on our web site.

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