About Cortland Line
Time has been kind to the landscape outside our Cortland, NY factory. Little has changed since we started making fishing line here in 1915. The rolling hills and crystal-clear trout streams are still pretty much as they were when Cortland Line founder Ray Smith defined his mission to produce the World’s finest fishing lines. At the time, natural silk and linen were the materials of choice for quality lines. Ray developed new processes to make his lines last longer and perform better. We still use this approach, but we long ago replaced the silk with PVC, Nylon, silicone and a host of other modern materials to make today’s Cortland fly lines.
Another thing that hasn’t changed is the passion we put into our products. Ray Smith was a fisherman who wanted a better line and went about finding a way to make one. At Cortland Line, we’re fishermen too. It’s not unusual to see a Cortland employee walk down to the river during his lunch hour for “just a couple casts.” Spend a few minutes in the office and you’ll over hear pieces of conversation like, …..”how was Montana last week?”…….”talked to Frank and he said the tarpon”…………”sounds like it’s been a good year on the”……… “fished the West Branch yesterday’…”Hendricksons”…. “hot new pattern”………”stripers”…….”water was up, but that QD did the trick”…….
You see, we live to fish. And because we fish we know that the difference between success and failure on the water can depend on your line. Like you, we want to fish with the best lines available. So we build every Cortland Line as if we were going to use it ourselves. Using the finest materials and cutting edge technologies we produce lines that out perform any other line on the market.
Cortland Line manufactures the finest fly lines, braided lines and monofilament in the world. Lines engineered to meet any fishing challenge. Whether the quarry is trout or tarpon, bass or bones, tuna or sailfish, we fish for them our selves and we put that experience into every Cortland line we build. We think Ray would be proud.