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Cortland Reveals Four Lines, Indicator Mono

Cortland Indicator Mono Sighter

Cortland Line Company revealed four new, very targeted lines, each of which fills a very important niche.  The Trout Boss is Cortland's new ultra-premium trout line.  Built with a 65' front head with a color change to indicate the back of the taper, the line's jacket (the plastic part) also boats what Cortland is calling HDT--"heat dissipation technology" meant to help resist guide friction and help the guide stay slick.

Hatch Fanatic Reel

Hatch Fanatic Twelve Plus

Hatch has a very sweet new reel called the Fanatic, hot off the presses.  It makes use of the same Hatch drag core which has been in the line from the start, but for the first time it is available all the way from the size 1 (appropriate for 2 and 3 weight rods and light as a feather on up to the 12Plus (a monster which would swallow literally a mile of ba

New from Patagonia

Patagonia Rock Grip Boots and Cramp Ons

Patagonia certainly takes the prize for one of the most radical new products, with their new Cramp Ons ($199) and the accompanying Rock Grip Boot ($239). Both items feature aluminum bars based on the original cramp ons designed by Yvon Chouinard from the early days of Patagonia (in fact, so early it was still known as Chouinard Equipment).

Montana Fly Boat Box

Montana Fly Company Boat Box ($50)

Montana Fly Company is about to give the popular Cliff Bugger Beast a run for its money with this new, sealed, paneled big fly box.  The same size as the Bugger Beast, this box also boasts high-quality slit foam for both large and small flies.  The center panel is removable, and best of all, it's entirely waterproof (with four strong clamps to make certain).

IFTD Day One Wrapup

Day One of the IFTD trade show is drawing to a close. The Drake Magazine fly fishing video contest will go down in a few hours. Showgoers for the most part have expressed satisfaction with the New Orleans location (except perhaps for those who spent a tad too much time on Bourbon St. last night), but rumors are circulating that next year's show will return to the West--potentially to Reno, Nevada. Attendance is down from its peak in the early 2000s but does not appear to be much worse than the last two or three years. No doubt the ongoing economic doldrums have a lot to do with that.

Meanwhile it's always fun to look for the unexpected gems that stand out.