New technology fuels new fly lines.
When I got started in fly fishing, a crotchety old-timer told me that the only line I’d ever need was the top-selling floating trout line of the day. He couldn’t have been more wrong. While many rods and reels are multipurpose and multi-species, fly lines are perhaps our most highly specialized pieces of equipment. Apart from our flies—which are hyper-specialized to meet specific hatches—fly lines should be the most carefully considered pieces of your presentation.
If you’re the type of fly fisher who fishes only one river using a single method, then maybe you can get away with just one good trout line. But if you like to switch from drys, to nymphs, and then to streamers, and you travel abroad to different rivers and lakes and even salt water, you’ll want lines designed for each situation.
Modern fly lines are more than just specialized tapers. Everything about the lines is engineered for a specific purpose—from the core, which is the inner “skeleton” of the line, to the outer coatings, which are designed to work best in specific temperature ranges. Here’s a few new lines that will help you catch more fish—but only if you use them in the right situations.
<h2>Cortland Big Fly $75</h2>Cortland’s low-friction Precision Shooting Technology (PST) was introduced first in the popular Trout Boss, and later in the new-for-2014 Carp Boss and Salmon/Steelhead line, but nowhere is it more noticeable—or more important—than in the Precision Big Fly. The floating line has an aggressive front taper and overweighted head to load rods quickly, and throw giant bass and pike flies with minimal false casting. But that taper won’t get you far if the line tangles or you’ve got a soft line that gets gummy in hot weather and produces friction in the guides. The Big Fly starts hard and slippery, and stays that way so you don’t waste any energy behind your cast and you can drive poppers, gurglers, and oversize musky streamers with authority. Our tester said the stiff, low-memory line also resists tangling so you spend more time fishing, and less time wishing you were fishing. <a href="http://www.cortlandline.com"target="_blank">cortlandline.com</a>