Cortland Takes Big Step Into Clear Fly Lines With PE+ Crystal

In recent years many expert saltwater fly fishers have made sure to have a clear fly line at the ready. Semi-clear lines with nylon monofilament cores first appeared in the 1970s, but as coating technology has advanced, so have lines become clearer, more durable, and easier to cast. They excel in blind casting situations and, according to many tournament anglers, are indispensable aids to catching wary fish.
This week Cortland, who introduced the first PVC-coated fly line in 1953, announced a series of saltwater lines with a new polyethylene-copolymer coating that they claim has many advantages over PVC-coated lines, among them durability and a lower coefficient of friction (read “easier to cast”), as well as the . “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.”
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Cortland Introduces a Radical New Fly Line Technology with Precision PE+ Crystal Saltwater Lines
Cortland, NY: Cortland Line has been a leader in fly line technology and development since introducing the first synthetic fly line in 1953. Since then, they have lead the way in technology. From the 444 and 444SL Classic coatings, super-high floating Dyna-Tips and the ultra-hard surface Tropic Plus lines. Cortland scientists have again developed another technology in performance fly lines.
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.
Unique Characteristics of the Precision PE+ Crystal Saltwater Fly Lines:
1. PVC-Free: The PE+ jacket is formulated with a special, patent-pending polyethylene/co-polymer blend co-developed by Cortland and the Dupont Corporation.
2. Casts Faster & Farther: The PE+ jacket’s smoother, harder finish and thinner diameter shoots silently through the guides and slices through the air faster and farther than equivalent PVC floating lines.
3. Natural Buoyancy: The PE+ jacket is naturally buoyant, so does not require micro-balloons or other agents to make it float, resulting in a smaller diameter for less wind resistance and longer casts.
4. Extreme Toughness & Durability: The tough, UV stable PE+ jackets are resistant to cuts and abrasion so the surface doesn’t scuff and roughen with extended use. The PE+ jacket won’t stretch and crack – and resists UV degradation, DEET, gasoline and other fly line killing chemicals.
5. Easy Handling: The PE+ jacket and monofilament core results in an easy-handing low-memory, flexible line with a well-mannered “body” which resists coiling and tangling and shoots smoothly through the guides.
6. Low-Vis Finish: All Crystal PE+ lines are crystal clear to reduce line flash in the air and virtually disappear when viewed from underwater.
7. Recyclable: Cortland’s Crystal PE+ is the only fly line currently manufactured that’s 100% recyclable.
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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