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: Lines: Cortland 444 Clear Intermediate

06-22-2000, 08:10 AM
Does anyone else have a problem with their line & memory?

Yesterday put the nail in the coffin for me & my clear intermediate. Terry & I were on a free charter (details to follow) on a nice productive drift and I spent the majority of my time clearing out the birds nests from my line.

I stretch my line, I take care of my line witha thorough rinsing after every use, I don't let my lines bake in the car but I continually have this problem with this line.

Yesterday I was stripping the line onto the deck and it still fouled.

On the bright side, our guide Art Sawayer, uses the Rio striper line for his interemediate and it was a piece of cake to use. No memory - no birds nest and my choice for a replacement line unless anyone can give me some help.

On a humorous note, we were on one drift yesterday casting poppers. Terry was using the Rio intermediate & I was using my Cortland clear intermediate. Same poppers. Casting them out so they landed side by side - Terry couldn't keep his popper away from the fish. My was ignored like a red-headed step child.


06-22-2000, 08:18 AM
I should add, this line can burn your fingers real easy. It don't have memory, but your finger will remember it. One little striper run, squeeze too hard and: zzzzzzz yeeeeooowww!


06-22-2000, 08:26 AM
Terry -

Ahh yes, but it hurts sooo good! Second only to striper thumb.

Roop -

Was retrieve a factor?

06-22-2000, 10:25 AM
Juro said

>Roop..Was retrieve a factor?

You don't know how funny what you asked is? Hey Roop...ha,ha,ha,ha,ha.
The inside joke is that my retrieve was this insane iratic initial strip when the plug hits, then a slow inconsistant weird thing as I struggled to keep the line from getting stuck in the motor a fifth time! Roop tried in vain for what seemed like an hour to emmulate it. I was constantly getting wacked by fish. Probably lost 6-10 due to slack in line from wind and rookiness. We had some good laughs over it (well...I did anyways).