Hi Folks, Have been asking around re the above. Wiki has an extensive coverage of all things Cutty Hunk; a lot more than I previously knew of. Recently pulled line of an old Surfmaster reel and the backing we used back in the Stone Age was always what I knew as Cutty Hunk. Is described as a LINEN Cord. It was used so that when NYLON back then (Mono today) line was wound really tight it did not stress the drum which often would spread, may not be the case with reels of today ? ? From memory what we used was of FRENCH origin .....anyone more to offer ? ? or is it dating me somewhat.