I had forgotten what it is like to plan a trip. Not the little problem things like tickets and reservations; not that stuff. I had forgotten the increased interest in my rods, reels, lines, leaders, tippet material, flies, and clothing I haven't worn in a while. These things sort of fall into a category of, "I have all the necessary equipment to fish where ever I go."
So, up comes this Bonefish Party and I am mentally and physically sorting thru, thinking about, worrying about, and just in general 'all caught up' with the preparations. And I like it. It is part of the whole and I am going to welcome and enjoy all facets of this venture.
Do we, (The Ladyfisher and I) have the right fly line backing? Should I use twenty, or thirty pound? What color should we use for bonefishing? There is a little joke among some of us that we like to use one-hundred pound backing; it is easier on our fingers when we double-haul! Not true. It still hurts ...
Meanwhile, back at the ranch ... How much consideration do you give to the color and pound test (ie, diameter) of your backing? I don't think the color makes any difference to the fish. He is already in some degree of trouble by that time. It may to you though. Do you want it in contrast to your fly line so you can see when you are into the backing? Or, do you want it to contrast with the water so you can see where it is?
How about the size? At this point I hope we are all talking about a dacron type of backing and not some monofilament mistake. The pound test is in direct proportion to the diameter of the backing. So what? The larger the diameter is the less likely it is to cut it's way down into your spool as you wind in a fish, which can be disastrous if he takes off and your backing is wedged into it's self.
On the other hand, you can get more yards of a smaller diameter backing on your reel. This is not over-engineering. It is just giving yourself all of the advantages of the best choices. These things need to be worried about; or, at least, considered. By the way, when was the last time you remembered the 'sizzle' of your backing tearing thru the guides of you fly rod? One of the siren-songs that make fly fishing the most fascinating of all frustrations. -JC