Cortland Introduces a Radical New Fly Line Technology


Cortland, NY: The all-new Precision PE+ Crystal is formulated with a proprietary blend of polyethylene and special copolymers. Built on a nylon monofilament core, the PE+ Crystal’s patent-pending crystal-clear jacket is naturally lighter than water, eliminating the need for micro-balloons or other agents to make it float. This results in a smaller diameter floating line with less wind resistance when casting, and less disturbance when the line hits the water.

The hard, ultra-smooth PE+ line jacket finish has a lower coefficient of friction than any production floating line ever built, so it shoots silently through the guides and casts faster and farther than equivalent PVC-coated floating lines.

The tough, new PE+ line jacket is also much more resistant to cuts / abrasion and is fused to the monofilament core with an almost unbreakable bond so nail knots hold securely and there is never any separation of jacket and core. It’s high tensile strength virtually eliminates stretch for instantaneous hook sets and incredible sensitivity. The PE+ jacket is also UV stable, will not absorb water, is highly resistant to chemicals — and won’t soften or dissolve when exposed to DEET, gasoline or most other solvents. And, unlike PVC-coated fly lines, they are 100% recyclable.

“Our patent-pending Precision PE+ Crystal lines represent another first in significant breakthroughs in fly-line technology developed by Cortland since we first introduced the world’s first PVC-coated fly line in 1953.” explained Brian Ward, Cortland’s president and CEO. “We’re excited because they’re also the first new products resulting from this new technology and we look forward to introducing more new lines built on our PE+ technology platform in the future.”

The Precision PE+ Crystal lines will be available in Cortland Pro Shops by early October. Offered in WF 6 F – WF 12 F saltwater tapers, they’re especially formulated for warm-water use in tropical saltwater environments. The line color is crystal clear.

About Cortland: The Cortland Line Company was founded in 1915 by Ray Smith, an avid fly fisherman, to manufacture braided silk fly lines. The company grew to become a major supplier of premium fly lines until the onset of World War II, when production was converted to braiding parachute cord. When the war ended, Cortland applied new manufacturing technologies and materials (nylon and Dacron) to braiding a comprehensive offering of high-performance fishing lines. The company developed the first PVC-coated fly line (the “333”) in 1953, and quickly dominated the fly line market with the introduction of the 444 “Peach” series in the early 1960s. The 444SL was introduced in 1979, and soon became the fly line of choice among expert anglers around the world. Cortland has remained at the forefront of fly line development ever since, with the introduction of specialized tapers, new plastic formulations, migrating lubricants, and hi-tech additives, coatings and floating components. All Cortland fly lines are made in our headquarters and manufacturing facility located in Cortland, New York.


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