Gel-Spun Backing

For Big Game Angling.


Maximum Strength with Up to 60% More Capacity than Dacron. 35-lb.-test Gel-Spun Backing gives you more capacity than using 20-lb. Dacron, which is why it is the backing of choice for big-game angling. Braided from gel-spun polyethylene, this incredible backing is 10 times stronger than steel in equal diameters. A very small diameter for higher yardage on the reel means slower spool rpms on runs and faster pickups. Gel-Spun has virtually no stretch, is extremely abrasion-resistant, yet has a very low coefficient of friction so it will not damage your guides, and retains 100% of its strength while in the water. Unaffected by UV, gas, oil, salt or detergents. Comes in , 35- and 50-lb. test.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 14 reviews


14 of 14 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    More strenght less bulckiness - 8/12/2015
    By: from Sonoma
    Top 1000 Contributor

    I am an Atlantic salmon fisherman and for years I used the conventional 20lbs backing... Now, I used this 30lbs Gel-spun which is 50% stronger but 50% thinner in diameter, allowing me to store almost 40% more backing.

  • 5/5

    spool backing - 8/4/2015
    By: from Essex

    This stuff is incredibly thin, but strong, it is just what I needed as my line can only take a limited amount of backing, that can be achieved with this ultra thin backing..

  • 3/5

    Good Backing. - 4/23/2015
    By: from Mississauga, ON

    This is one strong backing for your fly reel set-up.

  • 5/5

    Great product - 12/1/2014
    By: from Northern Michigan

    Backing is super strong and gives extra capacity over other types of backing.

  • 5/5

    use only the best - 11/25/2014
    By: from Northampton
    Top 1000 Contributor

    When fishing for those tropical fish, bonefish , permit, tarpon etc this is the backing you want on your reel. Now wouldn't use any other product has been reliable for many a year. Very good diameter for strength get maximum backing on your reel. Don't go fishing without this product.

  • 5/5

    Looks good, havent tested yet - 8/7/2013
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    It works great - 3/27/2013
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Can't wait to get this wet! - 12/29/2012
    By: 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!

  • 5/5

    Backing Favorite - 12/28/2012
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Best backing - 3/13/2012
    By: 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.

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  • 35-lb., 100 yds. £11.95
  • 35-lb., 200 yds. £22.00
  • 35-lb., 300 yds. £32.50
  • 35-lb., 400 yds. £43.00
  • 35-lb., 600 yds. £64.00
  • 35-lb., 800 yds. (Not Available) £80.00
  • 35-lb., 1200 yds. £120.00
  • 50-lb., 400 yds. £59.00
  • 50-lb., 600 yds. £94.00
  • 50-lb., 800 yds. £120.00
  • 50-lb., 1,200 yds. £180.00
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