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 4.8 / 5 based on 9 reviews


9 of 9 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 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.

  • 3/5

    Gel-spun backing - 1/18/2012
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Spool Bulking. - 8/30/2011
    By: from Stevenage

    Excellent for backing when you are constrained for space on your reel. Strong and thin, perfect for low volume backing.

  • 5/5

    Great For Reels With Capacity Issues - 10/9/2009

    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.

  • 5/5

    The best backing there is! - 11/18/2007
    By: 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.

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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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