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.
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.
Back cover of the Cortland Crown II fly fishing reel
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)
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”
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?