How to set up a fly fishing reel: Adding backing to your reel

How to set up a fly fishing reel: Adding backing to your reel

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Publish Date:
January 4, 2024
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How to set up a fly fishing reel. How to add backing to your reel. What is backing?
When setting up your fly fishing reel, in most situations you will want to first put backing onto your spool before adding the fly line. Fly fishing backing is normally micron or dacron line that is attached to the reel end of your fly line in case your fish gets farther away from you than the length of your line. Fly line backing is inexpensive line that prevents you from losing the fish or your fly line.

I attach my backing to my fly line using a loop to loop connection. Attach the backing to the spool with an arbor knot -

0:47 Why to use fly line backing
1:45 How to attach the backing to your fly line

Capt. Chris Myers uses Kastking Backcast Fly Line Backing to demonstrate how to set up your fly fishing reel with backing.
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