Compact Intermediate

The Specialty Series Compact Intermediate was designed to be our most versatile intermediate fly line. The full clear, 26ft head loads modern rods quick and effortlessly shoots a variety of flies with minimal false casts. Our ST coating keeps your line remaining slick and supple all season long.

- Fast Loading
- Temperature Versatility
- 26ft Clear Intermediate Head

WATER: Freshwater / Saltwater
LINE: Intermediate / Floating
TAPER: Weight Forward
LENGTH: 100ft
CORE: Monofilament
SPECIES: Bass / Salmon / Steelhead / Trout / Pike / Musky / Striped Bass / False Albacore / Bluefish / Jungle Species

Color CLEAR / LIGHT BLUE
Size 5/6WT - 200 GR

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Compact Intermediate Breakdown

The Compact Intermediate was designed for ultimate stealth and versatility.

We designed this line with an overly aggressive, clear intermediate head featuring a short 20 ft. body. The compact body paired with a short 3 ft. front taper easily turns over large air resistant flies in heavy wind. The short 3 ft. back taper helps load this line quickly with minimal false casting. This dual colored line features a monofilament core with our signature Shooting Technology to keep your line remaining slick, supple and fast shooting. The clear and light blue color combination distinguishes taper change and identifies loading point.

The Compact Intermediate is one of our most versatile lines for a variety of species and conditions. Aggresive taper to turn over any size fly featuring a stealthy clear head.

SPECIES: Bass / Salmon / Steelhead / Trout / Pike / Musky / Striped Bass / False Albacore / Bluefish


WATER LINE DENSITY TAPER CORE
Freshwater / Saltwater Intermediate / Floating Weight Forward Monofilament

LINE SIZE GRAIN WEIGHT HEAD LENGTH TOTAL LENGTH
WF 5/6 200 gr. 26 ft. 100 ft.
WF 6/7 240 gr. 26 ft. 100 ft.
WF 7/8 275 gr. 26 ft. 100 ft.
WF 8/9 310 gr. 26 ft. 100 ft.
WF 9/10 350 gr. 26 ft. 100 ft.
WF 11/12 425 gr. 26 ft. 100 ft.
WF 12+ 500 gr. 26 ft. 100 ft.

Technologies

Dual Welded Loops Technology Icon
DUAL WELDED LOOPS

Welded loops make rigging fast, easy and reliable. Cortland loops are strong, secure and durable.

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SHOOTING TECHNOLOGY

ST coating delivers a reduced-friction performance with a glass-smooth finish and remains a key element in line slickness over its life span.

Heat-Tempered Surface Treatment Technology Icon
HEAT-TEMPERED SURFACE TREATMENT

A proccess that incorporates extreme slickness additives. Seals out dirt and oils while maintaining an exceptionally low friction coeffecient.

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WARM TEMPERATURE

Ideal use in 50 - 70 degree (F) temperatures.

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TROPICAL TEMPERATURE

Ideal use in 70+ degree (F) temperatures.

FAQ

Our Compact Intermediate fly line is built for both medium and warm water environments. This line will perform best in temperatures between 50 and 70+ degrees (F).

The taper design for our Compact Intermediate was built overly aggressive to cast large flies, punch through wind and deliver flies where they need to go despite the conditions. The short body and short rear taper allows for minimal false casts while achieving maximum distance. The short front taper will turn over any large fly or weighted pattern with ease. This line is built overweighted for quick loading and fast shooting.

The clear and light blue color combination distinguishes taper change and proper loading point. The clear head paired with the light blue running line is extremely stealthy and blends in with a variety of water types.

Cleaning your fly line is very important especially when fishing saltwater. Simply pull line off your reel into a clean bucket or tub of freshwater. Put roughly 1oz or more of Cortland’s Line Cleaner solution onto a clean rag or towel. Firmly squeeze the towel with Pro Line Cleaner around the line and slowly pull line through the towel. You should be able to see dirt or discolored streaks on the towel when finished.

Learn more about Cortland's Fly Line Cleaner Lubricant & Pads.

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Slow Intermediate: 1 IPS (Inches Per Second) 
Medium Intermediate: 1.5 - 2 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Fast Intermediate: 2 - 3 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 3 Sink Rate: 3 - 4 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 4 Sink Rate: 4 - 5 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 5 Sink Rate: 5 - 6 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 6 Sink Rate: 6 - 7 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 7 Sink Rate: 7 - 8 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 9 Sink Rate: 9+ IPS (Inches Per Second)

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Reviewed by Dan J.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Quick Loading

I am nearly 75 and just don't have the strength and response that I used to. I was looking for a line to pursue large pike and musky with large flies. After test casting this line with a fast 10wt rod and found that it was smooth flowing and quick to load, few back casts, one or two with the head beyond the rod tip. I could cast large 10", wind resistant streamers to 80', which is good for me. I can see making 50' to 60' casts with large flies all day with little arm fatigue.

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Reviewed by Joe I.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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My favourite coho line

Been use this line, for the last 3 years. It’s has now taken the place of the ghost tip, for most of my coho salmon fishing. I fish both salt and fresh water with it. It is by far my favourite casting line. Would highly recommended, as I have already to my people.

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Reviewed by Michael E.
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Rated 4 out of 5
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Love the line!

Great for throwing some meat sinks nice and uniform casts like a dream...

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Reviewed by Hunter A.
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Rated 4 out of 5
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Nice option for the low and clear.

I like fishing a 4-5' leader for streamer bass. In low flow summer conditions, the fish get spooky, and I think every little bit of stealth helps. I'm running the 240g on a fast 7wt and its nice. Totally subjective, but the intermediate feels "light" for a 240g on the rod. The mono core is nice in the summer, but I have a much better day if I give this line a stretch before heading out. Clear tip lines can be weird, I think this is the least quirky of them and pleasant to fish (have not tried the coastal quickshooters tho).

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Reviewed by Joseph L.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Hands down best intermediate!

I'm a huge fan of the compact line series, but this one in particular is stellar. Shoots distance with ease whether it's a #2 or 6/0 fly on the end. After largemouth in 80 degree water or stripers in 50 degree water, this line always gives me a chub.

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Reviewed by Joe P.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Great sight fishing line!

This has been my best line for sight fishing for stripers the past few seasons. I had been using the 275 grain on my 8wt. and just got the 310 grain version to use on my 9 wt. The clear head is a distinct advantage over opaque lines and the short head loads quickly— one or two backcasts and let it go!

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Reviewed by Ryan R.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Best Intermediate Line On The Market

Gets the job done every single time. I use this season after season, in every condition, and it’s never lets me down!

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Reviewed by Justin K.
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Rated 5 out of 5
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My favorite line thus far

Ive always been a fan of Cortland lines, this one takes the cake though. Short head helps load the rod properly on midrange to short casts and still can launch some big bugs out past 50’ if needed.

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