Is that pike line a backing? I'm looking for regular fly line backing for a spey reel. Just want to put a nice red accent in the center of a reel. Hate that yellow and green stuff! Pay big bucks for beautifull rods and reels of polished black, gold and chrome and what do we do? fill it with chartreuse backing. (If there was a smilie puking I'd insert it here)
White does get dirty after a while (especially if you are catching fish and getting it pulled off the reel). And I do like being able to see the change between backing and line. That is a problem with a Delta Long and white backing. It will never bleed and stain a line though and as much as I like the look of the high vis. stuff on my modern day reels, I think it looks out of place on old Hardy's. For my Perfects, it is white all the way.
I have a beautiful rod with a black blank, golden brown grips and thread wraps, and red accenting throughout the rod above the upper grip. On this I'm going to put a Hardy Gem which is a subdued gold with black etching. All that is missing is a bit of red accent. I just thought red backing would give a nice bit of accent there rather than "Shawtrewce". It will have a long delta so I do not want white backing for the same reason Sinktip just gave. I don't worry about this stuff normally, as my rods are tools and see a good bit of use. But I do now have a couple of very nice rods that I like to think of as "Presentation" rods. They'll see plenty of use, but I still want them to look great tip to butt.
If you had a Ferrari would you put sheepskin seat covers on it that you picked up at the Wally Mart?
(OK, here it comes, I could hear it coming before I finished typing that last sentence, so lets have it. You WOULD use the sheepskin seat covers, and the plastic dashboard Jesus and the fuzzy dice. Right? And what else? ) :Eyecrazy:
I also don't like the idea of garish colored backing on my reels. Try using some of the "green-spot" backing on your Hardys next time you fill one up. I think it looks pretty classy -even better than white.
As far as the red backing goes, short of finding some commercially available, I agree with the others that white dacron or micron and RIT dye would be the best approach.
If red is a "must", I suggest you take a look at http://www.woodstockline.com and contact The Woodstock Line Company. They might be willing to dye up a batch for you, but you might have to share it with a few thousand of your closest friends.
If you are talking about GsP, any dye is not permenant, nothing sticks to polyethylene, but if you want pretty I suggest Bionic Braid which is Punk Pink and looks rather nice against a very holy black spool.
get some amnesia from Redshed Flyshop comes in a pretty hot red,,looks great,scary actually,since,,,you know when you see it,,,he'sagoinawayyyyyyyy,,, :hihi: ,i use it as a mid/shooting/running line,then dacron backing,a spool has 3 hundred ft i believe,also comes in hi-vis green,when ` stacked 'in the middle like that;looks boss on the reel , less than five bucks,, :smokin:
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