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: Protoype 90' DT Spey Line

03-01-2005, 09:04 AM
We have a local fly line manufacturer who is willing to knock off a prototype DT-9-F 90 foot line with a 15' front taper. He will be sending this line to me in a few days I'll probably have it on the water in a week or two.

The line is AFTMA rated so it should be a good fit for 7 wt. two-handers. The intent of the line is to produce a good line for lighter rods that operates well in the 70' and under fishing distances. If this works out, the next step would be to get some fullsinkers and maybe some sinktips done as well. This line should be an excellent fit for anyone with a Sage 7136, CND Custom 1307, Loop 7116, Kispiox 7/8 and other rods in this class. The concept should work great in lighter line classes for trout speys.

If anyone is interested in trying the line and providing feedback, PM me your snailmail - first come, first serve.

03-12-2005, 10:10 AM
Aquanova didn't send me one, they sent me two. :)

I've verified that the taper is indeed 15' and the line weighs in at 240 grains at 30' so it does match the AFTMA rating for a 9 wt.

For comparison purposes, this DT 9 wt. with a 15' front taper weighs:

240 at 30'
384 at 45'
480 at 55'
576 at 65'
672 at 75'

The line should be suitable for 7 wt. two-handers. The line is 90' long so it's not intended for humongous distances, rather it is intended as a short to middle range fishing tool.

I will keep one to use as a demo line during our casting/fishing get-togethers and the other I will circulate by mail. We have about 15 guys signed on so if we can keep it moving quickly, everyone will get a shot at it.

I'll be enclosing an evaluation sheet with the line with the following criteria. Please reply by email (the address will be enclosed).

=> Rod(s) used in the evaluation
=> Finish/construction
=> Casting qualities
=> Turnover qualities
=> Floating qualities
=> Fishing qualities
=> How does it compare to typical WF spey lines?
=> Would you buy one?
=> Would an intermediate version be useful?
=> Would an fast sink version be useful?
=> What is a fair price?

Thanks for your help.