The aggressive boss with a delicate side
For every fisherman who needs to throw a long line to reach feeding fish, there is another for whom delicate presentation is the key to success and the double-taper line has long been their weapon of choice if targeting fish at short and medium range. Although the Trout Boss DT is a double taper, Cortland has made its tapers more aggressive to load the rod quicker for fast, short-range delivery. The olive-green 6ft front section runs into a highfloating, long, level, yellow body: a 68ft body on the 80ft 2wt and 3wt lines, or a 78ft body on the 90ft 4wt, 5wt and 6wts. This makes it easier to pick the line off the water for roll-casts or to mend, perfect for fishing dry-flies or nymphing. The line changes colour again to a 6ft orange rear taper, making it possible to reverse the whole line, which has always been a selling point of doubletapers. It allows you to choose between a subtle or high-visibility option to suit conditions. Cortland’s more aggressive taper also makes the Trout Boss DT a good choice for light-line reservoir work, allowing you to cast small flies into a wind and still maintain presentation, ideal for fishing dry-flies, emergers or even traditional loch-style wet-flies. CORTLAND TROUT BOSS DT £79.99 Tel: 01805 804 352. Web: turrall.com
The Boss DT is a doubletaper line of sorts: there are short 6ft tapers at either end of the long body.