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Can you use non spey line?

Can you use a non spey line on a spey rod. I have a 11dtf 90' sitting around. I would use it on a 9/10 13'. will it work? I would use it on a 9/10 13'. Or should I make shooting heads with it?

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You can use the DT fly line with a Spey rod. The introduction of Spey specific lines is relatively new in the US, and DT lines (and custom hand made lines) were commonly used prior to Rio's introduction of Spey specific fly lines.

Al Buhr recommends Spey students use a DT line to improve their skills, because the DT highlights casting faults.

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You can use the DT fly line with a Spey rod. The introduction of Spey specific lines is relatively new in the US, and DT lines (and custom hand made lines) were commonly used prior to Rio's introduction of Spey specific fly lines.

Al Buhr recommends Spey students use a DT line to improve their skills, because the DT highlights casting faults.
Awesome info. Thanks. I will try it out.

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You want to go three or four weights higher. Also, I think a WF would work better, but on that I'm not sure.

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I think that your DT11F would probably be a decent fit (though perhaps not perfect) on a 9/10 rod. Don't expect to be able to cast the whole line.
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yeah, with a DT I cast it till I find the sweet spot, mark it, and go incrementally from there.
It will definitely improve your casting mechanics, challenging you all the way.

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I use the RIO and AIRFLO Charts to determine the recommended line weight for my rod, if available, as well as recommendations from this site. I then look at the SH weights to match them up. More accurate.
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More than a few of us older UK based folks used nothing but DTs until a decade or so ago,was using a #DT floater on a Sage Fli only last week ,it cast as well as any spey specific line ,maybe not as far as my shooting heads,but the river was on its bare bones so delicacy was more of an issue than distance!

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Not only can you use the DT line to cast, but it will also work well as a line for practicing and fine tuning your skills as a speycaster. If you can produce a decent cast with a DT line you’ll be amazed how well you’ll be able to cast the more modern tapered lines. This applies for singlehanded casting as well.

If you have any plans of becoming an accomplice and better speycaster of full lines, the DT is a very powerful training aid. It takes a good technique to cast a full DT line. This skill will be most useful should you one day see the light and become a Scandi practitioner. Besides the loops generated by a DT line, in the hands of a proficient caster, are amongst the most elegant loops there is.

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