Before the XLT lines were available, the Cortland lines had what was one of the longest front tapers on any Spey line, except for the Wulff triangle tapers. I tried the Cortland DT's, Even expermented with extending the tapers. They were O.K. But once the XLT's were released I quit using the DT's. I still have a WF8/9 that has the long front taper as well. Not a bad line. But if I'm going to use a short bely line, I prefer to go really short. Like a Skagit line. Funny how you never hear much about either the Cortland or the Wulff Spey lines anymore.
I've had a lot of good use out of the DT10/11F line, and the DT8/9F is an excellent fit on my 9140-4 brownie. When extended, the DT, with its long, compound tapers, behaves not unlike an extended-belly line with a graduated taper running line. It throws beautiful loops. I agree that this is an underappreciated spey line.
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