Fly Line Backing & Loops


We offer a wide range of top-quality backing lines and braided loops to complement your fly fishing setup. We understand the importance of reliable backing and secure connections, which is why we provide an extensive selection of products from trusted brands.

Our backing selection includes high-quality, low-stretch lines that offer excellent strength and abrasion resistance. Designed to provide additional line capacity and ensure a successful battle with larger fish, our backing lines are available in various lengths and pound test ratings to suit different fishing applications. For seamless connections between your fly line and leader, our Braided Loops are the perfect solution. These strong and durable loops make it easy to attach your leader securely, allowing for quick and efficient rigging. We offer a range of sizes to accommodate different line weights, ensuring a perfect fit for your specific setup.

Upgrade your fly fishing gear today and ensure that you're prepared for any angling adventure. Start shopping now and experience the convenience and reliability of our Fly Line Backing & Braided Loops collection!

What is fly line backing used for?

Fly line backing is a crucial component of a fly fishing setup, serving as an extension of your fly line. It is typically a thin, strong and high-strength line that is attached to the arbour of the fly reel before the fly line is spooled on. The primary purpose of backing is to provide extra line capacity, ensuring that you have enough line to handle powerful runs from large and fast fish. Additionally, backing helps prevent the risk of running out of fly line if a fish takes an extended run, especially in situations where you're using a lot of line.

Buying Fly Line

When considering which fly line backing to purchase, there are a few important factors to keep in mind. The first is the material of the backing. Most backings are made of Dacron or braided nylon, both of which offer excellent strength and low stretch. The breaking strength of the backing is crucial, and it should be chosen based on the species you're targeting and the size of the fly reel. For smaller trout fishing, a backing with a breaking strength of 20-30 pounds should suffice, while for saltwater or large game fish, you may need backing with a breaking strength of 30 pounds or more.

How much backing line to put on a fly reel

This is a question we are always asked. We can of course load any fly reel and line for with the exact amount of backing. If you want to take on the task yourself, consider; fly reel capacity, length of the fly line, backing line length required (more for large powerful fish!) As a very rough guide; 100yds for trout, 200yds for Salmon and perhaps 200yrds+ for large saltwater species.

Another factor to consider is the colour of the backing. While this may seem insignificant, a high-visibility colour, such as chartreuse or orange, can be helpful in tracking the movement of a fish during a long run. Additionally, backing with a small diameter will allow you to spool more line onto your reel.

How to attach a fly line to backing

Attaching backing to your fly line is a straightforward process. The most common and reliable method is using an Arbor Knot. To do this, first, pass the end of the backing through the reel arbor (the central spindle of the reel). Then, make an overhand knot with the tag end of the backing around the main backing line. Pull the knot tight, securing it against the arbor. Finally, wind the backing onto the reel, making sure it lays evenly and neatly. If your fly line doesn't already have a loop, you can attach one to the end of the fly line to connect it to the backing.

Fly line loops are small loops, typically made of braided or welded material, attached to the ends of fly lines. These loops provide a quick and convenient way to attach leaders, tippets and backing to the fly line without the need for complex knots. Most modern fly lines come with pre-made loops on both ends, but if your line doesn't have them, you can purchase loop kits or have a loop professionally attached.

When considering fly line loops, there are a few things to think about before making a purchase. First, ensure that the loop material is of high quality and durability, as it will experience significant stress during casting and fighting fish. Braided loops are more common and can be easily attached with a nail knot or a loop-to-loop connection. Welded loops are sleeker and offer better performance in terms of casting, but they can be more challenging to install on the fly line.

To attach a loop to your fly line, start by threading the fly line through the small sleeve or tubing included with the loop kit. Then, use a nail knot or a loop-to-loop connection to secure the sleeve or tubing to the fly line. If you prefer a loop-to-loop connection, make sure you have a loop on the end of your backing and leader as well. This connection allows you to quickly switch leaders and make adjustments without cutting and retying knots.

Overall, fly line backing and loops are essential elements of your fly fishing gear. Choosing the right backing based on strength, material and colour, and properly attaching the backing and loops will ensure a smooth and efficient fly fishing experience, giving you the confidence to handle any fish that comes your way.