Oct 302010

Dug up my old fly fishing gear at my parents place.  I’m posting it here so I can get some help/suggestions with replacing the line that I currently have on the reel in preparation for next spring.

My approach to fly fishing is going to be to stay cheap with gear and tie my own flies.  I picked up a beginners fly tying kit at Cabela’s and my goal is to only fly fish the flies I tie myself.  So far I’ve dressed some trebles and played around a little but mid winter I’d like to start tying some serious flies.

Cortland Crown II fly fishing reel

Here is the Cortland Crown II fly fishing reel I purchased at a yard sale about 10 years ago.  I used the rod and reel combo about three times after I bought it and everything seemed to work alright.

Cortland Crown II Fly Fishing reel back cover

Back cover of the Cortland Crown II fly fishing reel

cortland Crown Fly Fishing reel size s

The reel has a “S” marking which from what I’ve seen online means it’s the smallest of the three reels Cortland made in this series (S, M, L)

Cortland FR-2000 7.5 foot fly rod

The Cortland FR-2000 fly rod came in this “attractive” brown plastic case and was “Exclusive with our certified fishing pro shop”.  I found it interesting that the reel was stamped “British made” and the rod was “Made in U.S.A”

cortland FR-2000 7.5ft fly fishing pole grip

Here is the grip and seat of the rod.  The rod is 7 1/2′ long and made of fiberglass.  It weighs 3 1/2 ounces and is supposed to be used with #5 or #6 line.

While not perfect I think I can get a decent start fly fishing with this gear next year.  What are your thoughts?

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  • Can’t wait to go fly fishing once it warms up!

  • Brett

    British made reels are pretty well thought of and sought out by a lot of people. The rod looks a Fenwick that I have with the same specs…even the hardware looks the same. I don’t know if Cortland makes there own stuff other than lines but it looks like you have a fine outfit to get fishing. the rod should be a medium action…relative to fiberglass rods….probably considered slow compared to modern cannons.

    I would suggest throwing some new line and backing on it…5 wt will make the stroke a bit quicker, 6 wt slows it down a bit.

  • Nice! I did basically the same thing last year, found an old fly rod/reel combo and started fly fishing. I’d still consider myself a beginner but it’s pretty awesome.

    I had to get new line also because the 10+ year old line I had on mine had no taper so it wasn’t casting right. After doing alot of research and bugging fellow bloggers the consensus I came to is that unless you’re looking to really shell out alot of money for a line, the difference between a $20 line and a $50 line is pretty much negligible, especially to beginners. So I have the least expensive 6wt line Gander Mountain carried on my Shakespeare combo (which is not as nice as yours) and it casts pretty well.

    Good luck on the fly this year, I’ll be following along!

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