Double tapers verses specialized Spey lines
Although I have tried both, I would like to hear others' views on the merits of DT lines vs. Spey lines like the Rio , Wulff, SA, etc.
I like DT lines because they can be fished without stripping and shooting line. For certain dry line situations, it seems the DT is the pure Spey fishing experience. Lighter tips can be fished, but of course winter grade heads typically preclude any kind of distance casting with DT lines. Unfortunately, it's winter that I love to fish DT lines because I can wear gloves and work a stretch without stripping wet line in very cold temperatures. It's my winter line system dillema.
The heads, whether long tapered or stout shooting style, carry the high grain tips to winter depths. They also shoot like a rocket for general Spey casting. Although I prefer to fish DT dry lines in late summer, the heads have distinct advantages for reaching broad river stretches.
I am also a user of the high grain head systems consisting of a short length of large floating DT belly section looped to tapered sink tips backed with floating running line. These could be seen frequently along the Sky or other Western WA streams through the mid-90's but I've noticed more people fish the manufactured Spey heads recently.
Don't know anymore - I've moved to Boston and Spey fish only a tiny fraction of what I used to - or wish I could. I'd be gald to hear the opinions of those who are still active practitioners, I am planning a return trip in April.