The Cortland Line Co. first came into being in 1915 when Ray Smith opened a shop selling Silk fly fishing lines. They grew apace and a certain Leon Chandler joined Cortland in 1940 and he is pretty much credited as instrumental in popularising the sport of fly fishing in the USA and by the same consequence, putting the Cortland Line Co. on the map.
In 1953 the Cortland Line Co. produced the 333 Series of fly lines which were advertised and promoted as ‘the unsinkable fly line’. It was actually the first fly line to use Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) applied as a thin coating over a braided nylon core. This was a significant improvement over the then mainly oil-based fly lines.
In 2000, the UK’s popular Trout Fisherman magazine awarded the Cortland 444 Classic Peach Floating fly line the title of ‘Fly Line of the Millenium’ - a decision that very few in the fly fishing world would argue with! Over the years, Cortland have pioneered many fly line innovations and they continue to make superb fly lines with many specialist fly fishing applications.
An equally impressive range of coordinated fly fishing tackle such as fly rods, fly reels and accessories are highly desirable amongst all game fishermen all over the world.