Join Date: Nov 2009
Just a point of order really. DT lines aren't specifically Spey lines, they're merely a Double Taper line, thats all, nowt special, nothing fancy.Yes its a fairly good consideration they should be longer than a Std. Trout DT line as simply you'll be able to lift more and therefore cast more with a longer double handed rod.
Its all down to you the casting of them, as you lengthen line you WILL need a longer slower stroke!.Longer more powerful rods will help no end.
Just because your rod says 9 on it dosen't mean you'll be able to cast all of a 9 line!.
Wether you like it or not, there will be a length of say 9 weight line you'll cast fairly comfortably and easily, here's the blinded by the light bit!,you'll cast a shorter length of 10 line or a longer length of 8 weight just as easily!, up to a point.The skill lays in managing and casting longer lengths of line!
What will knock you for 6 are conditions, depth of wade, wind direction and strength and bankside obstructions behind and about you.
The idea behind a DT line is once you find a weight and length of line that works for you and your rod, you stick to that length, shooting only the few yds you draw in to entice a following fish at the end of each cast, you simply lift, re anchor and roll it all out shooting the few yds you've stripped in each time.Unless you're crap at it, it'll be a LOT more line than a Head of just about any type and indeed a long bellied Spey line.
Get settled and into a groove and you can cover some serious water quite effectively.
Once you get that mastered, then move onto sinking lines and weighted flee's!.Get that bit sorted and give yourself a pat on the back!.
Tip for you in starting?, try a line size one weight up, it'll load your rod quicker and easier from the off, but you won't get outright distance.Once you settle into it all then try a line size one down and see how you go.
Lots of luck with it all,Yorkie.