• Cortland 444 Sylk Fly Lines - 403123
  • Cortland 444 Sylk Fly Lines - 403123
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    For some anglers, there's no replacement for the unique feel of a bamboo rod. The 444 Classic Sylk is the first modern line designed specifically for fine bamboo rods by replicating the diameter, long gradual taper, supple feel and natural color of oiled silk. Its gentle casting qualities have obvious advantages in low-water situations as well.

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    Central Indiana

    Cortland 444 Sylk Line is Smooth as Silk !!!

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    Last month I bought a Cortland 444 Sylk fly line from flyfish.com for my moderate action Redington Classic Trout 4 wt. rod. I love it!

    I chose the weight forward version (WF4F). A double-taper version is also available, while supplies last. Compared to three other lines I have used, the 444 Sylk line responds very well with medium action rod. I am not surprised, as the 444 Sylk line was designed for bamboo, which is normally a slower than glass or graphite.

    So, when I acquired an antique bamboo rod (vintage 1940 South Bend 5 wt.) I just had to have a 444 Sylk line for it. I find that the 444 Sylk line glides freely through the narrow guides and small tip-top on my rod. I have never fished a real silk line, but the 444 Sylk beckons me back (in my imagination) to a time when nearly all fly fishing was accomplished with bamboo and silk.

    I am impressed with three specific features of the 444 Sylk line. First of all, it looks similar to some real silk lines I have seen in pictures. I like that. Secondly, it is slightly thinner than other lines of the same stated size. For me, this was a positive feature, as I am using a small, antique Pflueger Progress model 1774 reel on my bamboo rod. The 444 Sylk line fits completely and perfectly. Thirdly, the 444 Sylk line has virtually no memory (kind of like me, at my age). This is especially important for smaller reels, like mine.

    Also, in accordance with current trends, the 444 Sylk line has a very nice, small, tight front loop, for those who use a loop-to-loop system for their leaders. Or, if you are old-school, like me, you can cut off the loop and use a nail knot. The extra small tip-top on my bamboo rod works better with a nice, tight nail knot coated with clear fingernail polish.

    The 444 Sylk is a really tight line, man!

    Indianapolis, Indiana

    Cortland 444 Sylk Line is Smooth as Silk !!!

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    My moderate action Redington 8 ft., 4 wt. Classic Trout fly rod reacts nicely to my new Sylk WF4F fly line. The Sylk series was actually designed for slower action rods, especially bamboo and fiberglass rods. The Redington Classic Trout rods possesses characteristics of these old-world rods, so it is little wonder that these Sylk lines work so well with it. A 30 foot cast is like falling off a log and landing exactly where you were aiming; very accurate. Thankfully, our pond thawed today, so I was able to practice. Can't wait 'til the big spring thaw!

    If I were you, I would hurry up and pace your order today. At these prices, they won't stay on the shelves long. Some sizes are already scarce. Thank you, Tony, for your personal and very excellent service! You guys have the "big houses" beat six ways to Sunday!