For each weight heavier than 12, add 50
grains to the previous
READING OUR LABEL
The line designations are indicated on the front and bottom of
Cortland's packages as in this example:
WF6S means weight-forward, 6-weight, sinking line. Another example: DT11F means
double-taper, 11-weight, floating line.
The length of the line is given (in this case 30 yards). The label also includes
sink rate information. Example line is a Type 2, Fast.
PROPER FLY LINE CARE
At Cortland, we build our fly lines to provide you with many
hours of trouble free use, but it is your responsibility to extend the life of
the fly line, and maintain proper performance through routine care.
Avoid excessive heat exposure to the lines by keeping your reels out of direct
sunlight. Avoid car dashboards or rear window ledges when transporting. Clean
and dry fly line and backing before storing.
Also, use Cortland XL Cleaner before and after each outing to ensure maximum
performance and longer lasting lines.
Sharp objects such as roughened reel surfaces and worn fly rod guides will
quickly destroy your fly line. Replace defective reels and rod guides as soon as
DO NOT expose lines to petroleum based products or insect repellents.
Many of the chemicals found in a variety of outdoor related products are very
harmful to your line finish.
INSTALLING FLY LINE ON A REEL
Install the backing first.
Most fly fishers fill the spool of the reel with as much backing as possible to
allow them to retrieve faster and to reduce line memory. Thereby the line is
less likely to tangle.
Read the reel capacity chart to determine the amount of backing needed for the
Find and loosen the end of the backing. Remove a few feet of line from the
spool. Run the tag end through the front of the reel, around the spool, and out
again. Tie a simple overhand slipknot in the tag end, then a single overhand
knot, tighten and trim it. This tag end will be tied to the reel with an arbor
The backing should be installed by pulling it off a revolving spool. If the
spool is laid flat on the ground and the backing coiled off (as when filling an
open-faced spinning reel), it will twist and become tangled.
Place a bunt pencil through the center of the spool of backing, so that the
spool will rotate around the pencil
Place pencil between your knees. With the end of the backing tied to the reel,
reel the backing onto the reel from the backing spool preferably through your
fingers to apply tension while loading the line and to load the backing evenly
onto the reel. Stop when enough backing is on the reel.
Spooling fly line
Open the coil pack holding the fly line by twisting and carefully remove the fly
line from the coil pack. Remove twist-ties from the line and replace it on coil
pack. DO NOT place the line on the floor, because it will cause the line to
twist or become entangled. Put the coil pack back together, leaving
approximately a foot of line outside the coil pack. Tie the tagged end of the
fly line to the backing using an Albright knot.
Insert a blunt pencil through the hole in the center of the coil pack, so that
the pack will freely rotate around the pencil.
Place pencil between your knees and spool line slowly onto your reel. Guide line
trough your fingers to apply tension and to load the line evenly onto the reel.
The fly line should be fully loaded except 4 or 5 feet.
Attach the butt (thick end) of your leader to the end of your fly line using a