Overall: 4.8 / 5 based on 10 reviews
9 of 10 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Grreat Stuff -
I've been using Gel-Spun for years and have not lost a fish yet.
Go to backing -
By: oceanographer from Stockholm, Sweden
This is a nice economical backing which is thin enough to wind some extra line on a fly reel, just in case the catch wants to run for it. Can pack more 30-lb gel-spun than 20-lb Dacron on a little fly reel. Great stuff.
Nice Backing -
By: Surbitonman from London, UK
Top 500 Contributor
Very tough, feels nice and if like me you want a nice bright backing then it is great.
Gives you a sense of relief -
By: MattL from Winooski, VT
Top 250 Contributor
Let's face it, most of us probably never have more than half our backing peeled off unless you're targeting big saltwater species, but having an EXTRA 50 or 100 yards of backing helps me feel MUCH better about a potential monster that I'm hoping for every time I'm on the water. This stuff doesn't seem to degrade over time like the Dacron, which is great. The high vis color is also great. I had a big VT steelie on last fall and it ripped off about 60 yds of backing before I landed it while it was almost dark out. I ended up almost losing the fish a few times on branches because I just couldn't see my white backing. After switching to the hi-vis I feel more confident and can't wait for that big one to peel it almost all off.
Gel spun Backing -
By: MarkN from Katy, Tx.
Great stuff. Reel was rated for 275 yds of backing but using the Orvis 40 lb gel spun backing I was able to get 400 yds plus a 10 wt fly line on the reel.
HIGH CAPACITY GEL SPUN BACKING -
By: matty97504 from Medford Oregon
Great backing I think for a beginner I have not had a fish yet to take me to the backing yet. I have some friends that do flyfish every once in awhile and they say it is a good brand to go with.
Gel Spun Backing -
My favorite place to be in the late spring early summer is on the flats in Maine chasing stripers. Backing capacity is limited on my Mid Arbor Battenkilll IV with a 350g fly line. WIth gel-spuns smaller diameter I can get 200m on the spool. A few weeks ago I hooked a large heavy striper in the skinny water that just did not want to turn. With about 50m left I finally got the fishes head turned and got her pointed back toward the beach. With dacron backing I would have lost her. This is a great product in general but it really shines in this type of situation. Great products and Orvis customer service is second to none. Thanks Orvis!
Backing Concerns -
By: RBenninger from Morgantown, WV
Do note, all colored backing whether spectra (i.e. Gel-spun) or even basic dacron will eventually bleed into the taper. I have been using Orvis Hi-Vis Dacron on all of my saltwater reels for years, and never once have I had an issue with performance. Discoloration has no affect on longevity of both the backing nor the fly line itself. To date and to my knowledge there is not a company in the industry that has fixed this issue. Regular routine maintenance of fly gear after usage in salt, (i.e. fresh water, minimal hand soap to remove salt deposits, a mix of grease and silicon and your gear will last for years. I am definitely hard on my rods and reels and so far minus a drag issue with one reel, I have been pleased with all Orvis Products. Thanks for taking the time to read this review! Tight Lines
Stained my fly line -
By: Caladonia from Waco, Tx
This is very strong backing, and allows you to maximize your backing capacity. I am very satisfied with it's strength. However, the Hi-Viz line stained my light blue fly line. The color of this line is not supposed to discolor, especially considering it has only seen salt water once, and then thoroughly washed prior to use. I am unsure whether or not this will affect my fly line. All other products purchased through Orvis have been great quality, especially my 12 wt Helios:)
Response from: Orvis Customer Service Team
Posted: 8/24/2009 3:07:13 PM
Orvis Customer Service contacted this customer and apologized that backing dyed his fly line. Orvis thanked the customer for this feedback, as we are constantly trying to find ways to improve our items. Orvis fowarded these comments to the product devloper for review. Orvis also offered to exchange this item or give a complete refund. We will cheerfully exchange or refund your purchase at any time, for any reason. Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is the strongest in the business.
There when you need it -
By: Muskrat from Oakville, ON
Top 1 Contributor
Because it is so thin and yet so strong, I can put a lot on my large arbor spools. For example: 200 yds when I'd usually get just over 100. Or 100 yds of 30lb instead of 100 yds of 20lb dacron. For my 5, 6, and 8-wt rods, this is the backing I use. Be careful when mounting; wear gloves so you don't cut your fingers tightening the knot. Same thing when a fish takes a run. This backing will cut into your stripping finger lickety-split, so wear gloves or some sort of protector.
|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.