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News, tips, articles and events from Cortland.

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.

Competitive Fly Fishing Outlook

Posted on May 29, 2014

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. 

Nymph Like You Mean It

Posted on May 19, 2014

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.

Crappie Fishing with Team Roper Outdoors

Posted on May 16, 2014

Just like other species there are different ways and techniques to catching crappie and all fishermen/women don't fish the same. 

May 2014 News

Posted on May 07, 2014

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website at www.cortlandline.com. A primary focus was to make it visitor-friendly. As such, the site provides quick, easy navigation through its broad range of quality products. With just a couple clicks, one can view a vast array of braided fly lines, backing, leaders, tippet, nets and other accessories. For the sport...


Be a Trout Boss

Posted on May 02, 2014

Montana's Bitterroot River is home to hard-fighting, wary trout — and practically every fishing challenge that a fly angler will encounter. Versatile water like this requires a versatile line. That's where Cortland Line Company's Trout Boss fly line excels. 

Catching Colds over Tennessee Muskies

Posted on April 14, 2014

If you were to ask any northern muskie angler what his or her favorite muskie fishing destinations are, the waterways of Northwestern Ontario, North central Minnesota, the clusters of lakes in Northern Wisconsin, and the Great Lakes are the likely unanimous choices.

Spring Waters

Posted on March 27, 2014


You feel the change in the air as Spring rolls into the Florida Keys.  Winter’s spent wrapping marabou and feathers onto hooks, walking out of the house and into the office with traces of green marabou on your pant legs all boil down to filling up that particular fly box to be emptied out this time of year.