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I got backlash with 30 lb line that I could not undo last weekend. It was so bad that I ended up cutting the whole spool and replacing it with 14 lb mono. It seems like a slight mistake with the braid line ends up in a big mess. Luckily the fish was not biting so I had time to redo the spool with mono.
 

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Braid can be less forgiving. Makes it much more critical to understand and have reel settings match the bait/conditions.

If getting backlash when it hits the water tighten the cast control on the right side.

If getting backlash mid cast when bait is in the air move out some of your spool cast control weights on the left side. You will need to do this also if the wind picks up. (Most modern reels have a click turn dial. Make it a higher number. It has same effect using magnetic controls.)

With mono we used to back off some to get a little more distance. Don't do that with braid. It's unnecessary and the braid is too unforgiving to do that. Also unnecessary as the braid will give you great distance as is when set right. Any possible gains are negligible and will be punished with the slightest mistake. Hope that helps.
 

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Braid can be less forgiving. Makes it much more critical to understand and have reel settings match the bait/conditions.

With mono we used to back off some to get a little more distance.
I made this mistake. Thanks for pointing it out.
 

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Reel settings are key, but I don't find braid backlashes any more problematic than mono backlashes. The key is not to pull to hard and just work it a little until it loosens up.
 

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Sounds like to me you didn't back the spool with anything and the braid slipped at the spool.

I had a friend rig up three new concepts with powerpro and no backing and his first cast created a mess. The backlash is deep on the spool and impossible to get out.

My personal preference is the back with a strip of electrical tape.
 

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Backing tape

I did noticed the backlash point went deep down into the line mess. So if I back up the bare spool with electrical tapes, how many wrap is sufficient?
 

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Braid is so slick if you tie braid only straight to the spool the entire ball of line will slip on the spool making you think you can't tighten your drag. To put it another way the spool will remain stationary like tight drag and all your line will be twisting around the spool like a loose drag.

The mono grabs the spool to prevent this. Tie them together with a crazy Alberto knot and enjoy a properly functioning drag.
 

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95% of the time when I get a backlash with mono, I could get it out by just cranking down the drag, pushing down on the backlash with my left thumbnail and reeling a few cranks.

That technique absolutely will not work on braid. You have to pick them out, and sometimes they don't come out and you have to cut.

I don't think that braid is more inherently prone to backlashes if the reel is set up and maintained properly. But I do think they are harder to get out if you do.
 

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I have had weird things happen with braided line, nasty tangles that had to be cut out , unexpected line breakage, lures break off while casting etc. Berkeley trilene works just fine for me.
 

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Braid Backlash untangle is easy with a black pocket comb.. use the fat tooth on comb end to dig it out.. works every time. I have carried 2 in my bag for years.. works on mono also.


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braid takes some getting used to, the backlashes can be harder to get out, but with practice it's not bad. Once you learn to fish braid, there's absolutely no going back to mono. Braid is far superior, much farther cast, much stronger, and fish set the hook when they hit, so no more short strikes. Spool up a reel, and practice casting at a pond for a while, prior to going fishing. :texasflag
 
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