Whet My Line
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Since the release of the supple, long-casting saltwater Liquid CrystalTM, Cortland Line has fielded requests for a freshwater-specific version. After years of product development, we’re finally ready to unveil...
Cortland’s Coldwater Plus range of fly lines is designed for the colder saltwater environments, where finding fish means understanding how the tides influence the baitfish and other food sources. Targeting the cold saltwater with fly gear requires special fly lines designed to maximize the often-fleeting opportunities for success.
Precise nymphing techniques, already standard on the European fly fishing scene, are rapidly increasing in popularity here in the United States. The international competitive fly fishing scene drives innovation and product development with the most successful methods inevitably spilling over into mainstream fly fishing culture.
There was a time when the steelhead fisheries of the upper Midwest ran red with pollution. When stripers were nearly fished out. When cane rods and silk lines had relegated fly fishing to a shrinking, elitist niche.
We know, because we’ve been around for 100 years. We were there, working to clean up those streams, improve those fisheries and advance equipment in ways that attracted more anglers and embraced more types of fishing. Here we...
As a professional saltwater fishing guide, back in the day I earned my living putting customers on fish. I had to have confidence that my equipment — including my line — would perform. When fishing for snook around the docks and in the mangroves, I had the additional concern of the line rubbing against pilings and roots covered with barnacles. When chasing 100-pound-plus tarpon along the beach and pulling the hooked fish out of the school,...
Our high-performance HTx surface results from a multistage application process. First, we infuse the line coating with a special bonding agent and add a high-viscosity layer of our secret ingredient (the "x") to the line’s surface to fill all nanoscale surface imperfections. Finally, a controlled, high-temperature flash-heat application cures and permanently seals the line with a glass-smooth texture.
Cortland Line Company is fortunate to be headquartered in the midst of exceptional wild trout fishing — the incomparable Delaware River system is a short drive away. With large wild rainbows and browns in glassy pools receiving heavy fishing pressure from many of the best dry fly anglers in the Northeast each season, it’s the perfect location to hone the ideal presentation fly line.
Over the past two decades, the US two-handed fly fishing market has grown and changed significantly. Today, sales of shorter 10’6’’ to 12’ rods easily outnumber the longer traditional spey rods, and these versatile shorter “switch” length rods are being used in many non-conventional spey markets.
Running the International Supervision Department for FIPS Mouche, the winter months for me are not just about tying flies, but about recruiting a team of 15 guys who are willing to sacrifice their own family vacation time helping to make sure the World Championships, European Championships, and the World Youth Championships are ran as smoothly as possible.
Trout primarily feed beneath the surface. On heavily pressured fisheries or on days when surface activity is limited, nymphing offers the greatest chance for success. For many anglers, the increased complexity and challenge of controlling the drift can make it difficult to know where to start.