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News, tips, articles and events from Cortland.

Cortland Adds To Its Pro Staff Team

Posted on August 19, 2014

We are excited to announce the addition of Matthew "Gilligan" Koles and Mark "Wex" Wechsler to the Cortland Line Pro Staff.  

Lighten Up For Summer Smallmouth

Posted on July 24, 2014

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.

Liquid Crystal Gets a Taste of Freshwater

Posted on July 21, 2014

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...


Coldwater Plus

Posted on July 18, 2014

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.

Cortland Nymphing Products

Posted on July 17, 2014

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.

Introducing: The Next 100 Years of Fishing

Posted on July 16, 2014

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...


Saltwater Fishing's Good With CMC-ST8 Mono

Posted on July 15, 2014

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,...


HTx: Cortland’s New Heat-tempered Line Surface

Posted on July 14, 2014

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.

Finessing a great soft-presentation line

Posted on June 20, 2014

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.

Dipping Your Toes Into Spey

Posted on June 04, 2014

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.