Brooks Robinson shares the Cortland Line Company story and some big tips on choosing a line for fly fishing today on the podcast.  We find out how Cortland has been going strong for over 100 years now in the fly fishing space.

We dig into the Delaware River System, how to choose a dry line for the Delaware and how to catch fish on the surface.  We also find out about Cortland tarpon, spey


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SHOW NOTES:  Choosing a Line for fly fishing with Brooks Robinson 

04:30 – Joe Goodspeed was noted as the guy who got Brooks into his job at Cortland.

10:05 – The Clear Liquid Crystal is a great line for Tarpon.

12:00 – Leon Chandler was Cortland’s big lead back in the day marketing the company.

24:50 – The Trout Boss line from Cortland is great for dry fly fishing when it’s windy.  The Ultra light line is also great for dry lines.

25:40 – We talk about the 444 line which has been around since since the beginning and is still one of their best selling line.

29:40 – We talk about the old crown and rimfly reels.  They offer the new Crown series reels now for trout along with the fair play.

44:40 – The Liquid Crystal Tarpon line is the goto and the ghost tip is great for deeper fish.

53:20 – The clear camo is one of my favorite lines for stillwater.  The ghost tip was also noted here.

54:50 – I noted the Jerry Darkes podcast and the switch rod conversation.  The Cortland compact switch is the perfect line for spey with the switch.


1:03:20 – We talk about George Daniel and Devin Olson who were both on the podcast here.


You can find Brooks at Cortland line company here. for help

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9 Tips on Choosing a Line for fly fishing

  1. Liquid Crystal for Tarpon
  2. What are you going to use it for
  3. Looks for a line for delicate presentation
  4. Go with a longer front taper line
  5. Depends on the size of the flies your are casting
  6. Trout Boss for the Wind
  7. The difference between the Fairplay series and 444 series
  8. The Fairplay is great for the beginner
  9. Overload a line if you are a beginning angler


“He was was what social media is today for Cortland.”

-Brooks Robinson


Resources on Choosing a Line for fly fishing

Liquid Crystal Tarpon

Liquid Crystal fly line



The Cortland 444



Fly Fishing Line Videos Noted in the Show

The GT Tuna Line


Click Below to Read the Entire Transcript of this Podcast Episode


“He was was what social media is today for Cortland.”

-Brooks Robinson

CONCLUSION:  Choosing a Line for fly fishing with Brooks Robinson 

Brooks Robinson Cortland Line Company is here to share the story of how Cortland has survived over 100 years in the fishing space with a focus on producing fly lines.  We hear the history of Cortland, what sets them apart and how you can choose your next fly line.

We break down the fly line from the difference between a double taper and weight forward to what the best euro nymphing rod is for the day.  If you want a perspective on fly lines, this is the podcast for you.