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Re: Fly Line backing - ever seen yours?
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I had to answer high because the question wasn't too specific. On the Yough, I often fish dries downstream and across and pay out line to extend the drift. While I won't have the backing on the water, I often see it on the reel under a few strands of the rear end of my fly line.

Posted on: 2008/1/24 6:27
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Re: Fly Line backing - ever seen yours?

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Never, came very close three times, twice fishing a local stream, caught two stocked trout about 25 inches.

the other time fishing the Delaware and landed one of those big Rainbows in some fast moving water. One of the few fish I caught on the trip!

Posted on: 2008/1/24 9:38
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Re: Fly Line backing - ever seen yours?

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I've seen my backing 3 times that I can remember. Once on by a whopper rainbow on the Bighorn river in Montana. Once by a monster 26" brown on one of the limestoners in Centre county and just a few weeks ago a fresh chromer in Erie managed to show me my backing. He unlike the other two did a little tail walking, gave me the middle fin and said "SEE YA!"

So 2 outta 3 in PA. NOT BAD!

Posted on: 2008/1/24 16:42
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twice to big stripers 40lb.+ in the lower river.
once to a carp..a few to muskies and shad..oh and a cat in the river..

at the shore lost a full spool of 200yd.backing and line to a huge cow nosed ray...
in delaware saw it with a sand bar shark..
and a few large stripers and blues......
a time or 2 in the keys with bones too..

Posted on: 2008/1/24 17:21
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Re: Fly Line backing - ever seen yours?

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Never on trout or Bass but almost every bone fishi I caught took me to the backing if it didn't break me off 'cause I was palming the reel along with the drag ... big mistake.
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Posted on: 2008/1/24 19:33


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Nope, not yet anyway. I'm like MKern, I play them fast and move on. I've hooked a few whitefish out west that might have if I didn't get broke off.
Wait, does cleaning your line count??? My wife says I'm a big ole sucker!!
Jh

Posted on: 2008/1/25 20:09
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Re: Fly Line backing - ever seen yours?

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i have seen my backing more than i can count.let me explain why.
in the spring i couldn't see the "willow"line on my good reel so was using a cheap cabella's click and pawl reel with a weak ,now broken,spring.this reel was loaded with yellow SA headstatrt which is real short.

combine that with long down steam soft hackle hits,bam.
the trout were no bigger than ten inches.by the end i had no drag at all,the spring snapped.fun while it lasted!

Posted on: 2008/1/26 21:35


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Never in PA. Many times on the Salmon River in NY, and once in New Brunswick fishing for Atlantics.

Posted on: 2008/1/27 13:34


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I can't say with certainty, but it's more than 4 and less than 10. I had two steelies do it in one day last year fishing at the mouth of 12 Mile in Erie. They were running out through the surf in horrible weather conditions (snow squalls and heavy surf). It's happened a few other times on steelhead, but rarely unless very close to the lake.

Posted on: 2008/1/29 14:04


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Never had it happen in pa, but twice out in montana, on the clark near missoula, fat rainbows

Posted on: 2008/2/1 17:03
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Re: Fly Line backing - ever seen yours?

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Never actually had it done. A few steelhead had the power, but not the space. Once, on the Little J, hooked something that took most of my line, without so much as slowing down. Just a steady zzzzzzzzzz. Gotta love that. Tippet broke before the backing showed, though.

Posted on: 2008/2/1 20:33



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