Frequently Asked Questions

Fly Fishing Questions

I did not label my line once I took it off my reel for storage, how can I tell what line size I have?
This is a question we receive a lot. Many anglers store lines and forget to label them. The easiest way to determine what line you have is to cast it on the various rod sizes that you own. Sometimes you may think you have a 5wt line, but it feels better when cast on a 4wt. Whatever the line feels best paired with, stick with that rod/line combination. Regardless of what size line you may have, matching the rod and line is key.
How do I clean my fly line?
Cleaning your fly line is very important especially when fishing saltwater. Simply pull line off your reel into a clean bucket or tub of freshwater. Put roughly 1oz or more of Cortland’s Pro Line Cleaner solution onto a clean rag or towel. Firmly squeeze the towel with Pro Line Cleaner around the line and slowly pull line through the towel. You should be able to see dirt or discolored streaks on the towel when finished.
What are the sink rates for the intermediate, type 3, 6 and 9 sink tips?
Hover: Neutral
Slow Intermediate: 1 IPS (Inches Per Second) 
Medium Intermediate: 1.5 - 2 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Fast Intermediate: 2 - 3 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 3 Sink Rate: 3 - 4 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 4 Sink Rate: 4 - 5 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 5 Sink Rate: 5 - 6 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 6 Sink Rate: 6 - 7 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 7 Sink Rate: 7 - 8 IPS (Inches Per Second)
Type 9 Sink Rate: 9+ IPS (Inches Per Second)
Why are your competition nymph lines sold in tip diameters? How do I know which one should work best for my rod?
Each of our Competition lines are sold in specific tip diameters. Personal preference would dictate which size you purchase. If you are unsure of which size to try we recommend the .022’’ Diameter. This size will give you the best feel of your rig when tight line or Czech nymphing but still allow for proper turnover with small dries.

Ordering Questions

Which payment methods are accepted in the online shop?
We accept all major credit cards and PayPal payments through our Online Shop. Credit Cards are processed securely to ensure your safety.
How Secure is shopping online with Cortland Line Co? Is my data protected
All of your data is safe. We encrypt all your information with the latest SSL and process it through our site's credit card gateway (Shopify). If you still don’t feel safe you can use PayPal, the web's most trusted payment gateway.
What exactly happens after ordering?
After ordering you will receive a “processing” email, which means your products are being picked and packaged for shipping. Once you receive the “order complete” email it means your order has been shipped.
Do I receive an invoice for my order?
You will receive an invoice for your order immediately after placing the order. You will also receive a paper copy of your invoice along with your order.

Shipping Questions

How long will delivery take?
United States deliveries usually take 3-8 business days but may take up to 10.

Policies Questions

What is your return policy?
If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase, you may return the item(s) within 30 days for a refund back to the original form of payment, less the shipping charge. Please return items in original condition (unworn, unwashed, unaltered) with the tags attached. Items that do not meet these criteria will be denied. Stickers are non-refundable.

Because we cannot be responsible for packages mailed to us, we suggest that you use a trackable and insured mail service. Please allow up to 2 weeks from the time you mail your order for the return or exchange to be processed. An email will be sent to you once the return or exchange has been processed.

What is Cortland's product warranty?
You can find our product warranty by click this link. Cortlands Product Warranty

Vincent Catalano

Vincent is the owner and operator of Long Island Fly Fishing. He has over 20 years of experience and provides guides on the North Shore of Long Island Sound, North Fork, and Montauk.


Travis Manson

Travis is a native of Wisconsin has been fishing ever since he was a kid. He has gained recognition from competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series and from his YouTube Channel. Travis offers guided trips on Upper Chesapeake Bay, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River.


Spencer Berman

Spencer is the owner and operator of Spencer's Angling Adventures. Spencer has been competing in musky tournaments ever since he was a teenager and has competed in the Professional Musky Tournament Trail. In addition, he provides guided tours on the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair.


Lance Wilt

Keith Rose-Innes

Keith has been a fly fishing guide for over 25 years and done so throughout the world. He is the co-founder of Alphonse Fishing Company, which is located in Seychelles.


Honson Lau

Honson is a licensed USCG captain out of Miami, Florida. He has over a decade of experience and specializes in catching tarpon, redfish, permit, bonefish, and snook. He offers half-day and full day charters.

Mark Wechsler

Christiaan Pretorius

Since the early age of 14, Christiaan has been competing in fly fishing championship events around the globe. Today, he provides guided trips around the world.


Flip Pallot

Flip Pallot is one of the legends within the fishing community. He spent 12 years as a fishing and hunting guide, which led to his career in television. For 16 years, Flip was the host of ESPN's Walker's Cay Chronicles.


Wanda Taylor

Wanda "The South's 1st Lady of Fly Fishing" Taylor has been a professional guide and casting instructor for over 40 years. She has been a host on a variety of different types of mass media. Currently, she teaches private casting and guiding instruction near Reliance, TN.


Matt Koles

Matt "Gilligan" Koles has over 35 years of experience fly fishing. Matt provides half-day, full day, and float trips throughout the Tahoe-Truckee Region.


Brian "Lucky" Porter

Brian is a United States Coast Guard certified Captain and is the owner of Far Out Fly Fishing. He is a fly fishing guide in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. However, he does make trips to Alaska.


Eric Ratliff

Cam Chioffi

Christina Truppe

Christina Truppe is the owner of Musky Guide Service out of Wisconsin. She has been fishing musky ever since her father put a rod into her hand at a very young age. Christina provides guided tours in the northern and central parts of Wisconsin.


Valerio Santi Amantini

Willy Le

Paul Dixon

At an early age of 3, Paul was destined to be a charter captain. Paul has been featured on a variety of TV shows and was even named one of the Top 50 Charter Captains by Salt Water Sportsman! Nowadays, he provides charters on Long Island's East End.


Charles Card

Fred Rombanous

Jeff Warford

Matt Perchio

For 25 years, Matt Perchio has been fishing around Cape Cod, MA. Over the years, he has mastered the techniques needed to catch Bluefin Tuna, Striped Bass, Cod, and Bluefish. Matt is the owner of Tighten Up Charters CC.


Alberto Knie

Greg Moon

Steven Balogh

Harrison Anglers

John Hartman

Alton Jones

Jonathan Dietz