The Cortland Competition Nymph line has been uniquely engineered to help the nymph specialist create ultra-precise presentations and achieve the highest degree of strike detection, sensitivity, and accuracy – a perfect line for French, Spanish, Czech, and high-stick nymphing styles where the fly line is held off the water.
The ultra thin, limp core and supple coating allow excellent “drape” over the rod tip, which increases sensitivity. Fine tip diameters and an elongated front taper allow light rigs to cast with pinpoint accuracy, and prevent the line from “bellying” -- dragging the flies out of the drift on longer casts.
The fine tip on the line prevents the need for extra long monofilament leaders, yet the complex taper provides enough energy to make accurate longer casts and turn over multiple fly rigs when conditions demand it.
Get the maximum performance out of your favorite 9-11’ nymph rod by matching it with the proper Competition Nymph line to increase your productivity on the water!
Perfect for French, Spanish, Czech & High Stick Nymphing
Thin Supple Core for Sensitivity
Unique Tip Design for Precise Casts
Specifically Designed for 9’-11’ Nymph Rods
Q and A with Cortland's Product Coordinator - Joe Goodspeed
Tell me a little bit more about the Competition Nymph Line.
"The Competition Nymph line (Available in two sizes: Fine Tip, Ultra Fine Tip) is designed to empower the nymph fisherman who employs the primarily upstream methods originated in Europe (Czech, French, Spanish) or “high stick” nymphing. The performance advantage comes from the ultra thin/limp core braided specifically for this product here at the Cortland Line factory and the taper design built around it. The front taper is long and gradual and very limp, allowing the angler to maintain contact with the flies with the fly line held off the water, while avoiding the “bellying” effect from the weight of the fly line, dragging the flies back toward the angler in an unnatural fashion. These lines are made to match rods with 2,3,4,5 wt rods in 9’ - 11’ lengths - the choice between “Fine Tip” and “Ultra Fine Tip” should not be determined by rod weight, but by the size and weight of flies to be fished. The “Ultra Fine Tip” line provides ultimate sensitivity and contact with small, lightweight offerings, however the “Fine Tip” line would be better suited for heavy anchor flies or multiple weighted fly nymph rigs."
Should I expect to be able to cast a traditional indicator and weight system with this line?
"Not as well as you would with a conventional WF or DT floating line. The Competition Nymph line roll casts very easily, and provides enough energy to turn over a small indicator and split shot or streamer when necessary, however these applications are not what the line was intended and designed to do."
I am unfamiliar with indicator mono: can you elaborate a little bit more on it and its fishing applications?
"Indicator mono, or any brightly colored mono that would help an angler detect strikes, is often built into a nymphing leader to aid in strike detection. This can be done in numerous ways depending on angler preferences, however a highly visible coiled monofilament strike indicator or a straight piece of one or more sections of bright or contrasting mono (red, yellow, black, pink etc.) placed in the middle section of a monofilament leader to be held off the water or watched on the water can be a highly effective strike detection method when used properly."
Why is there a need for such a line? Why can’t I just nymph with mono running line?
"The Competition Nymph lines are designed to balance with the numerous long and lightweight nymph rods that have been hitting the market recently. The majority of these rods have been designed with nymph fishing techniques in mind, as the longer rod allows a nymph angler to cover far more water without allowing the fly line to drag against the current. Until now, no fly line had been created to get the best performance out of this style of rod. Typical fly line weights are oriented to bend and load a rod while casting the line through the air, which leads to a mass of weight outside the rod tip that is counterproductive for most effective styles of nymph fishing. The traditional lines are measured for weight at 30’ (excluding the level tip section if applicable). These lines have a grain weight rating, but the measurement is taken at 45’ instead of 30’ - allowing for the Competition Nymph line to have enough body to load the rod and make roll and overhead casts when some line is extended, while maintaining the the thin lightweight tip that the design is built around."