Cortland DT Spey casting fly
Interestingly this is the only Spey line tested that is
not a modified weight forward (WF) profile. Instead, Cortland have produced
a double tapered line claimed to have better turnover with roll and Spey
casts. The result is a reversible line with a compound taper design 37
feet long at each end. Chartreuse in colour. Cortland do manufacture a
weight forward version of their Spey line but it is not available in Britain.
Cortland claim that their double tapered Spey line combines
the attributes of the traditional double taper with an advanced taper
design that greatly improves turnover and presentation. A standard taper
is around 8 feet long, this line has tapers 37 feet long. It has the usual
high quality finish of the SL and was very slick in the rings. Throughout
the tests the line produced tight, straight loops and was a joy to control
for distance and for direction. At 75 feet it shot like the standard double
taper. Efficiency was greatly increased if loops were held in the hand,
clear of the water. Due to the heavier belly the double taper design does
not travel as quickly through the air as the weight forward lines do.
To compensate for that, it had beautiful presentation with relative ease
at distances up to 90 feet. You effectively get two lines for the price
of one because it can be turned when the taper wears out.