Gel-Spun Backing

Get more backing on your fly fishing reel with Gel-Spun line. Made in USA.


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 fishing line backing is 10 times stronger than steel in equal diameters. A very small diameter for higher yardage on the fly 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 fishing line backing will not damage your fly rod's guides, and retains 100% of its strength while in the water. Unaffected by UV, petrol, oil, salt, or detergents. Fly fishing line backing comes in 30- and 45-lb. test. Made in USA.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 14 reviews


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

  • 5/5

    backing - 9/14/2015
    By: from wrightsville nc

    Great service from Orvis.......this backing is perfect for salt water application...100 yards easily installs on large arbor

  • 5/5

    Gel spun backing - 5/7/2015
    By: from Christchurch Dorset

    One of the best on the market. Very efficient order process and prompt delivery. Recommended.

  • 5/5

    Great service and product - 11/8/2014
    By: from olney il

    The shipping was immediate found the product in great shape and great qualilty

  • 5/5

    Hi Viz - high performance - 7/28/2014
    By: from Big Bend, FL

    Love this gel backing - strong, visible and oh so much more backing in the reel for Tarpon that live to run!

  • 5/5

    Grreat Stuff - 8/20/2013

    I've been using Gel-Spun for years and have not lost a fish yet.

  • 5/5

    Go to backing - 7/11/2013
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Nice Backing - 6/11/2013
    By: from London, UK
    Top 500 Contributor

    Very tough, feels nice and if like me you want a nice bright backing then it is great.

  • 5/5

    Gives you a sense of relief - 9/16/2012
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Gel spun Backing - 3/23/2012
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    By: 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.

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  • 30-pound test 100 yds £16.00
  • 30-pound test 200 yds £30.50
  • 30-pound test 300 yds £45.00
  • 30-pound test 400 yds £57.00
  • 30-pound test 600 yds £80.00
  • 30-pound test 800 yds £100.00
  • 30-pound test 1200 yds £140.00
  • 45-pound test 400 yds £60.00
  • 45-pound test 600 yds £85.00
  • 45-pound test 800 yds £110.00
  • 45-pound test 1200 yds £155.00
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