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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-17-2020, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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CND Solstice 15'2" 7/8/9 DT line options

I know this is probably an old school questions but here goes:

Last year I managed to track down a Cortland 444 SL Spey 8/9 line for my Solstice 15'2". This is the special double taper they did with the extended step tapers at each end.

I've fished it a couple of times but just don't seem to be able to get it to work. Maybe I need more practice after years of more modern spey line use, but I think it just might be too light.

Has anyone else fished one of these Cortland DT's on this rod, did you go up a size to the 9/10?

What other DT lines have you tried?

I know CND produced their own DT line for this rod, but trying to find one (especially at a price lower than the GDP of a small nation) is akin to trying to find a bucket of horse feathers.
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I never really liked those step tapers from Cortland. It could be because I was early in the DT game when I tried them.
Compared to the SA salmon DT's and the UK branded Worcestershire Salmon DT's (favorite), those Cortland DT's had me scratching my head as I left the river.
I have since sold off those Cortland lines and it might be interesting to see how I could handle them now.

Never tried the Solstice your talking about, but looking at the GPS DT 7/8/9 matched for your rod, going really long might require a DT-9, but for usual distances the 10 will load quicker and more positively. A typical DT-10 at 65' weighs just a hair lighter than a GPS 7/8 at the same length. The GPS DT is really just two GPS WF lines placed back to back (belly to belly).


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Had, loved and sadly sold the 15’2” Solstice. Never tried a double taper on it. Back then I liked a 7/8 MidSpey on it or a 7/8 Long Delta. I don’t remember, and it could just be my faulty memory, it liking many more grains than that. For sure that GPS DT Lee has for sale in the link above would be way too much for it once you got half the line out. You might try PMing Rifflehitch as I know he still fishes the 15’2 a lot.


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I have only fished the GPS on it, 8/9 70' at 671grains. I have the 7/8/9 DT @1100 grains but have not tried it on that rod.

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yes, the Cortland DT lines run light - enjoy your Solstice, it is a really sweet rod

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Thanks to all

I have a GPS 8/9 line that I use with this rod, so I'll keep going with that I think.
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Solstice 15'2"

I have this same rod and fish it with a CND GPS 7/8/9 DTF.
This line seems to match quite well for me with that rod and it has the utility of being reverseable with a looped tip at 20' on one end and the straight taper on the other side. Having said that, this rod seems to prefer a floating line right in its grain window of around 550grns in the 55'-65' range beyond the tip. A lighter line allows for some sunken tip lifting but not much beyond a type 3 tip in my experience. Too bad CND stopped making the GPS could hunt for one here. I think Lee Davidson sold out of what he had a few years back.
This rod seemed to cast a Hardy Mach 65' 8/9 quite nicely too.
Enjoy it, a great summer run, small flee rod.

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