I too was kind of wondering why the venerable old double-taper wasn't on the list. Is it simply a sign of the times to cast off the comfortable old tried and true for the glamour of the new and improved/approved, hmmm. . .
Your user friendly DT still works wonders close-in, mid-range, and at some length when required. After-the-cast line control with a DT is second to none in my books. As a bonus, while hi-tech, engineered, hybrid line configurations garner attention in the spotlight on sex appeal, and in escalating prices at the till, the lowly DT often languishes in the shadows of the bargain bin = a great line at a great price. I'm a happy camper with my DT.
long belly DT's. The line of choice with my Bruce/Walker 18' 10wt. Cast a short country mile, mend out even further. At the other end of the scale a regular 90' 8wt DT is a grand line on the 'green' Sage 136 7wt rod.
PS: Talked to Andy Zwan (fish-head on the Board) and he said he hooked up 48!!!!!!! winter steelhead out of his boat over this past 4 day weekend. Math test: Andy comes in at about 190-205#, about 6-3'ish. Question: how many concrete building blocks is it going to take before we're assured he will never be 'found?'
Dana, I think we need to have a re-vote (and no, my name is not Al Gore). The addition of DT lines makes for a much more valid set of alternatives, and the poll hasn't lasted long, or gotten a vast number of responses. Let's record the results to date, then do it over with all five choices.
The omission of the Skagit lines probably invalidates this poll
The omission of the Skagit lines probably invalidates this poll.
A friend and new comer to the two handed rods asked his Mrs Santa Claus to buy him a Skagit 450 for Christmas. In the second week of December with my help, she placed her Skagit 450 order at the local fly shop. The line was apparently on back order until the first week of Feb..
The Outbound Floaters are being used by many of us with our lighter two handed rods. My son and DIL tried to order two of the OB floating lines for two of my rods for Christmas, and they ran into a similiar backorder problem shortly after Thanksgiving. He finally got the lines a couple of days before Christmas. The floating 10W works very well with my Sage 5120, and the floating 8W will probably never leave my Meiser 5/6 Switch rod except when I put an Outbound 8W intermediate on it for deep fishing from my boat, the shore and Shad this May/June. With these lines, I can Skagit, Double Spey, Snake Roll and overhand/head cast with minimal effort.
The OB intermediates are rocket launchers :saeek: for surf casting, shore casting at ponds/streams and the shorter two handed rods in a boat.
Since last summer, when I discovered that my floating tips could be used with my Skagit lines, I have only used the floating and sinking tips from my WC's, MS's and GS's. The rest of the lines are collecting dust along with my floating MS and Cannon lines. I doubt that I'm the only one in this situation.
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