It appears fly fishing legend/manufacturer Cortland has been bought by a group of private investors who aim to “restore luster” to what is clearly one of fly fishing’s great legacy brands.
I’d suggest Cortland has fumbled more than a few chances over the years (pointing finger over Diamondback rods fiasco); it would be nice to see it rise from grey ghost to become a player again. If longtime players Orvis and Hardy can mount comebacks (who would have guessed they’d both become leaders in fly rod manufacturing again?), then Cortland can too.
Still, it’s a competitive marketplace, and while I can tell you the names of the top-end fly lines from Rio, SciAnglers, Airflo and Orvis, I can’t tell you what Cortland is selling beyond the old 444 Classic.
So while it’s nice to see them back in the game, they do have some work ahead of them.
See you channeling the ghost of the late, much-missed Leon Chandler, Tom Chandler.