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phnix5888 03-30-2010 08:25 PM

Question please help!
Ok here i go i currently own a pfleuger starter set 5/6 weight rod with a shakespeare 1094 reel i need all new lines from backing to tippet (backing got tangled when unlining for pre season maintenance) my question is should i spend the 60 ish dollars on new lines for my old reel or my local gander mountain has a cortland prestrung 7 wt reel with disc drag for $40 i dont have much experience but i would love to get out and catch some trout on the pigeon river this year. all info and opinions apreciated

mojo 03-30-2010 09:20 PM

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A good line will cost you more than the outfit did. Get the best line you can and then you can always move up to a better rod and reel when you're ready. Treat the line good and you'll be able to put it on a new reel when the time comes.

phnix5888 03-30-2010 09:47 PM

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thank you mojo anyone else input please? what is the opinion on the cortland reels?

MoscaPescador 03-30-2010 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by phnix5888 (Post 87161)
what is the opinion on the cortland reels?

It's good at holding line and backing. It's a $40 reel with line. That's what it's supposed to do.

Rio, Cortland, and Scientific Anglers make lines that cost about $35 to $40. Figure in about $5 for backing and $4 for a leader. You can be out the door under $50 and still salvage your reel. Worse case scenario is that you could make a midnight run to a Walmart to line up.


phnix5888 03-30-2010 11:59 PM

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very true at that same store i was looking at some scientific angler ultra 4 flyline that they have on clearance for fourty dollars. do you know much about the flyline that comes on the cortland my guess is its just a basic flat line although i could be wrong. my biggest worry with the new reel is how overlining my rod will affect my casting

stasher1 03-31-2010 12:12 AM

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At that price it's probably their "Fairplay" line. Is it orange? One of my local Walmarts stocks the Cortland Fairplay line, backing, leaders, and tippet. It's definitely not high-end stuff, but the WF-F line does indeed float and actually casts fairly well.

I have an inexpensive (cheap) 7' 5/6 wt Eagle Claw glass rod paired with a vintage Sportfisher 33 (Medalist clone) that I like to use on one of the local ponds, and I have it spooled with the WF6F Fairplay line and leaders. No problems so far, and the price (~$13) allowed me to keep my total "investment" in the combo at less than $50.

You could also keep an eye on Ebay for a good deal on new fly line. You ought to be able to get brand-name line, backing, and leader shipped to your door for less than $40. There's a seller on there right now with Cortland 333ht in WF5F and WF6F for less than $19 shipped, and SA AirCel can usually be found for $25 shipped as welll. Not exactly high-end stuff, but far from junk.

phnix5888 03-31-2010 12:23 AM

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i believe it is orange its either that or yellow but it cant be completely terrible thanks for all the great information everybody i feel so welcome :)

MoscaPescador 03-31-2010 01:15 AM

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I have a feeling that the line on the Cortland is a weight forward taper. If you use that setup, you will feel your rod load all the way into the grip.


phnix5888 03-31-2010 12:16 PM

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do you think that overlining my rod by one line weight will affect it very much?

MoscaPescador 03-31-2010 02:10 PM

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Only you will be able to tell whether you will like the uplining. It will slow down your rod.

I upline some of my saltwater rods because they are very fast.


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