Whet My Line
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Which fly line is best for you — or your customer — when fishing for trout? Cortland offers a wide selection of trout fly lines in the Precision series that provide different performance characteristics for the avid trout fisherman.
Most of the leaves have fallen here in Cortland and winter looms ahead once again. Although the weather is deteriorating and opportunities to toss dry flies to rising trout will be scarce until spring, there's plenty to do in central New York during the late fall and winter months.
While snow and ice can limit the available options for fishing in the Northern states, warmer winter temps across the Southern states allow for diverse opportunities. Here's some popular winter options for Cortland products in the Southeast and Midwest.
Recently, I began fly fishing for two reasons. It was something I always wanted to try. And Cortland Line asked me to join the organization recently in a senior leadership role.
We are excited to announce the addition of Matthew "Gilligan" Koles and Mark "Wex" Wechsler to the Cortland Line Pro Staff.
With pristine waters come difficult decisions to entice big smallmouth bass. Finesse presentations aren’t required on every clear water fishery, but they greatly help with catching more fish and are a can’t-miss tactic.
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,...