Overall: 4.8 / 5 based on 9 reviews
9 of 9 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Looks good, havent tested yet -
By: fantuzm from Newfoundland Canada
Unfortunately I cant comment specifically on how the gel spun backing works with a fish on yet, however the line feels very strong and is wound on the reel nicely, I purchased 200 yds of the backing, which I anticipate will suffice for the 30lb Atlantic salmon I plan on catching at the Flowers River in Labrador Canada next week. I ordered this fly-line backing based on a recommendation from a friend. The backing arrived within 5 business of ordering, professionally packed. Thank you ORVIS, I look forward to future orders.
It works great -
By: Castaway from North Ga
Top 50 Contributor
I like buying from a company that helps the fishing world so much. The Gel spun is a great product.
Can't wait to get this wet! -
By: PortsmouthMark from Portsmouth, NH
Santa brought me this, a new sinking tip line, and a new extra spool for Christmas. It was just what I need in addition to my floating line for chasing the striped bass up here near Portsmouth, NH. This addition should help me go from the surf to the rocky shores. I can't wait for spring!
Backing Favorite -
By: Hulahoop from Eastern Oregon
Good strength and compact on the spool. I like the white for visability when lining out on a run. Knots have been tight without any worry. Considering he lower price than the other colors this is a good value.
Best backing -
By: ChrisB45 from Central California
I really like how much backing can be added to smaller capacity reels. It is also super strong and will not let you down.
Gel-spun backing -
By: Speydog from Wisconsin
This is rated at 35 lb test but on my testing it is about 18 lb. It is provided as a 600 yd spool. It would be nice if there would be a mark every 50 or 100 yards so you could know how much you were installing on a reel.
Spool Bulking. -
By: Minkie from Stevenage
Excellent for backing when you are constrained for space on your reel. Strong and thin, perfect for low volume backing.
Great For Reels With Capacity Issues -
The thing that I find so great about this product is the ability to get plenty of backing on a reel when putting a line on the reel that is the upper limits of the reels ratings. For example I wanted to put a 8 wt Bass Bug line on a BLA III and using the gel spun I was able to get plenty of backing on the BLA III and the thicker diameter line. This allowed me to keep the better matched BLA III on my rod versus going to the heavier BLA IV. In addition, there is the greater lb strength, longer life, zero stretch, etc. Really nice product that is not a lot more expensive than dacron.
The best backing there is! -
By: Robert from Boynton Beach, Florida
Top 50 Contributor
I have this gel spun backing on every reel and extra spool I own except the smaller trout reels that I know will never need more than 150 yards of backing. On those I use dacron. This backing is super strong and takes up very little space on your reel. I've gone into my backing in saltwater with jack crevelles, snook, and a small tarpon and my gel spun kept all of them on the line and got them to the boat. I keep 250 to 300 yards on all of my 7, 8, 9, and 10 wt. saltwater reels, and I keep that much on them with plenty of room to spare. You can fit more gel spun than the manufacturer says so if your worried whether you should get 250 yd., or 300 yds, get 300 because it will fit and it doesn't ever hurt to have extra backing just in case.
|Fly Line Backing|
Some game fish, like salmon, steelhead, bonefish, tarpon, and many other saltwater species, will take a fly and run for up to 200 yards before you can slow them down. Since a fly line is only about 100 feet long, there has to be some kind of insurance beyond the fly line so you stay connected. Fly line backing is a thin, strong line that is attached to the fly reel at one end and the fly line at the other. For most trout fly fishing, 50 yards is plenty. When fly fishing for saltwater speed demons like bonefish or permit, the fish of a lifetime might take 200 yards of fly line so you need to be prepared.
To help you determine what backing is appropriate for your reel we have described the attributes of all Orvis backing below. If you buy an Orvis reel and line together Orvis can load your reel with the appropriate amount of backing and riggings for Free if you choose Dacron. $10 for Gel Spun, High Capacity Gel Spun and $24 for 50lb. Gel Spun.
High Capacity Gel Spun Backing
The backing you want for big game fishing.
Hi-Viz Gel Spun
The Maximum capacity for the biggest and strongest of big game fish.
The choice for freshwater and light saltwater angling
Gel Spun Tracking Backing
Tracks how deep a big fish has you into your backing.