Protoype 90' DT Spey Line - first outing
Dave asks to try it. I hand him what I think is the Blue 7116 (it's the 8124) and the Aquanova prototype DT-9-F spey line. First words were, "Man, is this smooth!" Second words were, "I gotta get me one of these!".
About the line:
Dark mint green, prototype produced "by hand" as a result of a telephone call asking if producing such a line was a possibility. (Thanks Aquanova). 15' front taper, weighs 240 grains at 30' -- AFTMA rating.
The coating seems quite slick and it remained supple despite the temperature. No coiling or kinking. The darker colour absorbed sunlight and kept the line relatively warm and ice free compared to the XLT that iced up even if it just got near the water (wrenched my shoulder trying to get the iced up XLT to turn over but that's another story). Fortunately, the floater DT-9-F didn't snag ice the way the other DT line did, so casting was easier.
For the first time, I experienced the tip problem that Dana speaks about on the Speypages about "superior spey" -- the problem with the in-out wobbling of a weak tip on the single. The 7116, being a shooting head rod really didn't like the lifting and casting 50' of DT line. It was obvious the tip couldn't handle it. Below 45', it was very nice but once that threshold was reached, that was it.
DT lines have light casting weights relative to their overall grain weight so while they're light to cast, they can be heavy on the lift with a lot of line out. That weight did in the 7116 tip. On the 8124, I could manage lifting about 55' before things got out of hand. The line was a bit light for the rod but still cast extremely nicely. It's a very low effort powerstroke with very nice, tight loops.
Even with a 13' leader and an ice ball for a fluffy, turnover was no problem. I was concerned with turnover as the tip is very thin but it had no problem. I was also concerned about tip floation but that held up very well also. I forgot to seal the end of the line so some water wicked in by the end of the session and brought about 6" of the tip under, but overall, it was better than some expensive trout lines.
While I wouldn't use the line for tips work, it's great out of the box for under 70' casting on these rods. With longer rods, better distances could be managed. I plan to use it for chasing smallies and drop backs that'll rise for a shallow running fly.
It sounds like a wonderful line. I am guessing that it was also nice for very short casts as well?
Yes, that's usually one of the strengths of DT lines as the front taper is often less than half that of a WF spey. You're into the belly very quickly so the front end weight is usually higher than a WF spey.
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