Double taper salmon fly line
A standard DT profile with 8 feet of taper at each end
and a level belly between. A top quality line representative of the type
commonly used before the specially tapered Spey lines appeared on the
market. Double tapered (DT) lines are still very popular on smaller rivers
and are not without their devotees on the larger rivers. Is it a case
of old habits die hard or has this type still some merit?
For years anglers have used the double tapered
line, to the extent that it is the traditional line for most forms of
salmon fishing. What is the point of having so called Spey lines if they
are not better than the lines they are supposed to replace? On this basis
we included a standard high quality double tapered line as representative
of the range. Performance at 45 feet was flawless, great control and easy
shooting. This is a very slick line with a smooth medium hard coating.
With 75 feet of line out, the casts went dead straight and true with good
turnover and presentation. Shooting extra distance was more difficult
however, especially if the line was retrieved and allowed to hang in a
long loop in the river. Holding short loops in the bottom hand made shooting
line much easier, but it still did not have the same effect as the thin
running line of the weight forward designs.