Cortland Micron Fly Line Backing
Cortland®'s Micron® fly line backing is one of the toughest, smoothest and most popular line backing in the industry. Sporting a florescent yellowish green color, this highly visible backing features a small diameter allowing you to load your reel to capacity just in case you hook up with a long-running speed demon. This high-quality backing stretches very little and works to create more efficient casts. 20-lb. 100 yard spool.
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A typical fly line is only around one hundred feet. If you have thirty to fifty of those feet in the water when a fish hits, you only have another fifty or so to give until he bottoms out and breaks it off.
The backing adds more line for the fish to run out. A typical fly shop will put on about 125-175 yards of backing. Coupled with your fly line, you should have somewhere between 300-500 feet of total line.