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WF or DT

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Im going to buy a new line an I usually use WF and have been reading that Double Tapers are better for roll casting...was looking for advise if anyone uses Double Taper and how they cast etc.

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Posted on: 2009/11/20 11:40


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Depends on what you're using the line for. If you're fishing within 40-50 feet for trout I'd say double taper. Use it for a couple years, pull the line off and use the other side. I use a DT on almost all of my trout rods.

Posted on: 2009/11/20 11:46
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Most brands of lines the WF and DT have the same front taper. WF tapers to thin running line for shooting, while with DT, the heavy taper continues to the opposite end of the line where the line is a mirror image of the front taper. WF's advantage is that it's better for shooting and longer casts, DT's advantage is it can be reversed when the line wears on one end.

Posted on: 2009/11/20 12:24


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I would get a WF. I think the appeal of DT is overblown. Like afish said, WF roll casts fine.

Posted on: 2009/11/20 12:43


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I buy mostly WF, but think that I'm going to make the switch to DT because it's two fly lines in one and I get very little fly line on teh water with mostly roll cast.

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Another thing to consider is that DT lines take up more space on a reel than a WF line of the same line weight. This adds total mass, which may be a problem for very light rods and that have been previously balanced with a WF line. Also, putting less backing on a standard arbor reel (as would be needed for a DT) might create memory problems when the line is reversed once one taper wears out. If you have the right set up, DT lines are great; however, if you have a reel that is made for line sizes 3-5 and you decided to switch from a WF5 to a DT5 you may run into some problems without the purchase of another reel. Most of my casts are within 40-50 feet and therefore I have never noticed a differenced in turnover between the two line styles.

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I have never really noticed a big difference. I go with the one I can turn around and use again. I used to thin I roll cast better with my DT. Then I got a WF for free and use it and it rolls fine. I do think as far as the right line for the rod, though, if you have a rod labeled as a 5/6wt rod. The WF in a 5wt and the DT in a 6wt seems to feel best.

Posted on: 2009/11/20 13:34


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Yes, dt is better for roll casting imo...Each time I purchase a dt line I cut it in half, saving the other half for the future...If you you like soft/slow action rods (dry fly rods) the dt is the way to go..Like I stated before you get two lines in one..

Posted on: 2009/11/20 14:23


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With the cost of fly lines now, I use DT lines on all my rods.
Usually get 2 years out of one end, then turn it around and get another 1-2 years out of the other side. Makes shelling out $60 - $70 for a fly line more tolerable

Posted on: 2009/11/20 14:48


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Yes, dt is better for roll casting imo...Each time I purchase a dt line I cut it in half, saving the other half for the future...If you you like soft/slow action rods (dry fly rods) the dt is the way to go..Like I stated before you get two lines in one..


You only used 45-50 ft of fly line? That's what about 1000 yard of backing? Why cut it?

Posted on: 2009/11/20 15:01


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Thanks for the advice, Im still not decided ....Tom so for a 4 weight rod and reel are you saying over line it with a 5wt DT line...excuse my ignorance , Im a bit confused and will I still fit it on a large arbor 4wt reel

Posted on: 2009/11/20 15:47


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It's not quite that much on older hardy lrh reels...40-50 is about all one really needs back east..I've got wf too, and an silk dt, which I woudnt cut...

Nylon is lighter then pvc..

Posted on: 2009/11/20 15:50


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atlantisboy911 wrote:
Thanks for the advice, Im still not decided ....Tom so for a 4 weight rod and reel are you saying over line it with a 5wt DT line...excuse my ignorance , Im a bit confused and will I still fit it on a large arbor 4wt reel


That would be the down side and a concern...I don't have any large arbor reels. The last time I shared that, I think it was jay that confrmied it for me. maybe he'll stop by.

Posted on: 2009/11/20 15:56


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It will fit. Just remove a little backing.

Posted on: 2009/11/20 16:16


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Thanks Jay and Tom.

Posted on: 2009/11/20 16:42



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