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Old 06-21-2000, 06:49 AM
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Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

I am a big fan of the Cortland lines, as the record will show. As I was washing the 325 grain QD line off the other day I noticed that the dark sinking section was cracked in multiple locations. This is not something new, in fact I remember moving up to 40, 50 and even 60 dollar lines to get away from cracking line / coatings.

Has anyone else experienced this?

If so, let me know so I can contact the rep for clarification on possible repair or replacement.

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Old 06-21-2000, 10:59 AM
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Juro - I've got a plain old 444 sinking line from Cortland and no cracking yet. 3 years old. A cheaper line but no problems. All SA lines I buy crack, which is why I went to an AirFlo Intermediate Clear. I figure if it does crack I can return it to them because of the warranty. I think that no matter how much you pay there's going to be some cracking, sometimes it just depends on the particular line you chose off the shelf.

I have a Cortland Lazer floater going on 3 or 4 that is as slimy as when I bought it and no cracks at all. On the other hand I have a 2yr old Cortland 444 5w floater with cracks up front.

I just don't think you can win with these things. "You get what you pay for" isn't the hard and fast rule. Cortland might replace it though if you get ahold of a rep.
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Old 06-21-2000, 11:32 AM
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Juro,

None noticed so far. I just cleaned the whole line the other night too. But now that you've mentioned it I'll have to give mine a closer inspection. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 06-21-2000, 04:32 PM
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Juro,

A few weeks ago I was fishing my 8wt Cortland 444SLI
for the 3rd time, the line broke in half about 60 feet out. The line was not steped on or abused but the line was sitting on my shelf for about5 years NIB unopned in Cellar.

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Old 06-22-2000, 06:17 AM
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Juro,

Last fall my 325 QD cracked where the two lines are fused. Tink provided me with a replacement. I think that Backman cracked one last year also.
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Wow, what timing. I cracked mine yesterday at the joining also. Am very anxious to replace it. Would snail mail be the best way?

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Old 06-22-2000, 08:21 AM
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Bob -

Could you please provide us with Tink's contact information by private email? juro@flyfishingforum.com

I will coordinate unless you would prefer to do it through the shop; totally your call.

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Juro

BTW - Blue Northern's new fly store expansion is incredible... nice job Tom and Bob!
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Old 06-22-2000, 08:45 AM
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Juro/Bob,

I did buy mine at BN. Been looking for an excuse to drive out there and see the new shop. Would bring it out there if the shop wants to get involved. Otherwise, mail is fine, if of course Cortland is willing to fix/replace it.

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Old 06-23-2000, 02:51 AM
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

I can get you Tink's phone number or you could just call cortland. I only have one left in stock and will not be back in the store until Tuesday. Going to do a little fishing today and Tom's Wedding is tomorrow. I will try and get info this evening when I pull in to wash to the boat.
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Old 06-23-2000, 08:28 AM
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Just called Cortland. They were very nice and will replace the line when I send them mine and do an inspection of it.
Thank you Bob and good luck at the wedding. BTW, Bob do you stock the Rio Clear Int.?

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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Thanks Bob, didn't even mean to imply over-the-counter replacements (per my previous post) but knew you are tight with the rep so I thought I'd ask. On further review, it's a better idea to call Cortland... unless the rep wants to be involved. If I were a rep, I'd like to be involved with flyfishermen directly. I'd like to be involved with the fish directly too
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

I finally got to speak with the Cortland rep. Poor guy had to go to the Yukon for a fising trip.

He said that everyone should send in the lines asap and Cortland will replace immediately. Also Cortland would like to inspect them to try and determine the cause.
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Old 07-12-2000, 08:02 AM
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Received mine back yesterday. Took 2 weeks and they sent me the wrong one. I got the Salmon/Steelhead versiojn of the QD which has a floating running line as oppossed to int.
I'm hoping they will rush one out to me. Overall I'm still happy with product and company (and the cute guy I bought it from at Blue Northern )

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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Juro, et al.-I've had several lines crack from different manufacturers the latest being the cold water striper from Scianglers. Most of the companies if not all will replace the line if you send it back (customer service). I've worked in the plastics industry for most of my life and know that there are many variables that can cause the line to break or crack-storage usuallly isn't one of them unless you put it on top of your furnace. These lines are probably made by an extrusion process and the temperature of the extrusion has alot to do with the hardness of the line, as does the amount of plastisizer that goes into it, also if there is any water in the material(humid days wreck havoc with extruders' products. These are the reasons why these companies want the lines back so they can determine the exact cause for the failures of their products. Price doesn't guarantee line failure, but lot number may especially if the problem was caused by equipment failure at the plant that wasn't caught in time to prevent some lines from being second quality marginally. I hope this helps- I type too slow for the amount of information that should be related about this subject. ronl
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RE:Cracking head section on Cortland QD 325 line?

Update: (if anyone cares) Cortland is sending me the proper line today! They have been pretty responsive.

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