Cortland Fo-Tech lines £64.99
THE new Fo-Tech Float and Type 3 sinking lines are available in dual rated 5/6, 6/7 and 7/8 weights and they have a 44-foot head length and an 86-foot running line. All have a braided nylon multifilament core and come with micro welded loops at both ends. The 6/7 floating line had a small amount of initial memory but after a quick stretch and a few casts was as straight as a die. It was smooth and supple and I couldn’t detect any imperfections in the coating. The head length does look quite chunky when compared to the very thin diameter running line, almost like a shooting head-style of fly line. Cortland have designed the lines to be quick loading and it certainly was on the 10ft 6wt rod that I tried first. I followed up with a quick-fire cast which saw a fair amount of running line streak out onto the water. At short and medium range I had to feather the running line to get perfect turnover and presentation, but at longer range this wasn’t a problem. The floating line has a bright yellow running line and a white head length, and where the two colours meet is considered the optimum loading zone. Competent casters will be able to keep the head length just inside the rod tip for best results, while those less confident of aerialising the 44-foot head length may prefer to keep this zone in the finger tips. Whichever you prefer, the head length is more than manageable. The taper is fairly aggressive on these lines and although you have to keep it under control to get the ideal presentation it just eats up the distance so you can target those fish feeding at range. The floating line sits nice and high on the water and the bright running line is easy to track. The 6/7 Type 3 (a medium-sink rated at 3-4ips), is density compensated. It took a few casts and a little bit of silicone degreasant to get the head section sinking evenly. It does feel denser than the floating line, and loaded the 10ft 6wt fast-action rod that little bit deeper, but was still manageable. When it came to lifting longer and longer head lengths from the water the rod was put under a bit of pressure so I also tested it on a fast-action 7wt rod. This had that extra power to lift it more cleanly and positively, aerialising it smoothly and allowing me to really launch it at those distance marks. The 3-4ips brown head length is seamlessly connected to a bright yellow intermediate running line.
These are some of the best Cortland lines I’ve seen. The two-tone shooting head-style has an aggressive taper that combines with a thin running line for effortless distance casts.