Cortland 555 Rocket Taper
by Allen Crise
I got out on the river tonight and tried my new Cortland
555 WF-7F Rocket Taper.
The surface of the line felt a little rubbery but not sticky.
It didn't hold a coil from memory but the air temperature was
I pulled off about 30 feet and it laid out straight. My loops seemed
smaller and faster than what I was use to with the Cortland 444.
I worked out to 50 ft and felt that the line was loading on my
GLX 7wt. well. Stripped off about 85 feet of the 105 that it
comes in. Small Popper on a 8 ft leader, double hauled and sent
it tight to the reel; all 85 ft of line was in the air.
OK, so it cast well, how about the mending? First, a roll cast
to get it back upstream, stripped in to about 50 ft and cast
it full length or about 55 ft. Nice, I am beginning to like
Then, I did a pick up of the fifty feet for a back cast, the
popper came out like a shot. The line lifted so easily
that it was air born before I was ready!
Now for some mending. The line is dancing on the surface, it
responds to the little lifts and mends like it was part of the
rod. You dry-fly guys are going to love this line.
Being a rocket taper, I didn't think I was going to be able to
control it as well. I was dead drift wrong. I could re-position
the fly with just a flip of the rod tip, 45 to 60 feet and the
line would jump up and set down just as light as you could ask.
What I think of the new Cortland 555? I am ordering one in a
WF5F and a WF9F too.
Besides, it is an American Company owned by the employees.
~ Allen Crise (Ol Flysoup)
Cortland Line Company
PO Box 5588
3736 Kellogg Road
Cortland, New York 13045-5588
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