What Size Mono To Use As Backing For Braided Line On Spinning Reels
When you’re putting braided line on your spinning reel, you always want to add some mono backing to the reel first.
Mono grips into the arbor (the center of the spool) much better than braid does and pretty much guarantees you won’t have issues with the line free spinning when you get a fish on.
But here’s a big question most people have about mono backing — what size mono do you use?
That’s a great question since using mono that’s too thick can cause your line to lay uneven and possibly break under pressure.
Check out the video below to see what size mono you should be using for your backing.
What Size Mono To Use As Backing [VIDEO]
I like to use 8-10 lb. mono as backing for my spinning reels.
You can get away with 12 lb. mono, but I prefer to go lighter.
This is because the thicker the mono is, the more problems you’re likely to have.
Braid can slip in between thick mono more easily (and get tangled as it’s trying to come off the spool), and thick mono leaves a big knot on your spool (which can cause your line to lay unevenly).
Now here’s the big objection most people have about using light mono as backing: what if a fish gets me down to my backing? Won’t it just break me off?
Well, that should never happen in the first place.
You should have 150 yards of braid over your backing, which is plenty enough line to handle any fish you’ll come across inshore.
Yes, even 40 lb. bull reds can be brought in with this line provided your drag is set properly and you’re fighting the fish properly.
And if you’re going after 100 lb. tarpon, then you should be using bigger gear than a 2500 spinning reel!
You should use 8-10 lb. monofilament as backing for your spinning reel.
Any heavier than that and you start running into problems like your braid not laying flat along the backing or your braid getting caught in the mono to braid knot.
And if you think you’re likely to run into big tarpon or other fish that might be too much for your 2500 or 3000 size spinning reels, then come prepared with a larger reel to handle them.
You can check out this video for tips on how to put mono backing on your spinning reel:
And you can get 10 lb. Berkley Trilene mono from our shop here.
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