MAXCATCH Vs Cortland

morangiedave

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I know not a fair comparison but here's my tupence. For a while i've been threating a new floater until i saw the cost of new lines 😳 MAXCATCH seems to be heavily promoted and received a few good reviews, so i bought one off Amazon for a tenner. Out off the box i pretty much got what i expected. I'm tempted to compare it to a mill end but i've handled better mill ends. It's fairly rough to the touch and didn't improve on the water grinding throught the rings like a muddy rope. I fished all day with it, the only limitation i found was trying to cover moving fish at a distance which required a false cast. So I took advantage of a dentists visit in Inverness to head to Grahams for an upgrade and settled for a Cortland 444. I have a few Cortlands and never been disappointed. At £55 this seems to be mid-priced these days. Out of the box it's smooth slick and oozes quality. First cast reminds me why i pay more. The line whistled through the rings and lifts off the water like a feather. No false casting or hauling, just effortless casting. In my younger days i would have put up with the Maxcatch and it's limitations but in advancing years i appreciate luxury more and happy to pay for it.

Is the Maxcatch worth £10 ? If it was what i could afford then yes although i suspect there's better out there at the same cost. Stripping the line off the spool i found a few nicks in it, this makes me think it's quite soft.

Is the Cortland worth £55 ? Every penny. Provided you can justify it.

Pictures included so you know this isn't a T&S fake promotional review 😊
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Kind of hard to say but that looks like a Maxcatch new-starter line that's currently $5.20 (before discount). They were about half that pre-covid.

The only Maxcatch lines I've bought have been their Gold lines that used to be £12.50. I have to say, the Gold line has been the best line I've ever bought and that includes a Cortland 444 (but that was a long time ago and maybe I was unlucky.) More recently I bought an Orvis Clearwater for £50 and in comparison to the Gold it's rubbish - terrible memory.

Try the Gold.
 

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Kind of hard to say but that looks like a Maxcatch new-starter line that's currently $5.20 (before discount). They were about half that pre-covid.

The only Maxcatch lines I've bought have been their Gold lines that used to be £12.50. I have to say, the Gold line has been the best line I've ever bought and that includes a Cortland 444 (but that was a long time ago and maybe I was unlucky.) More recently I bought an Orvis Clearwater for £50 and in comparison to the Gold it's rubbish - terrible memory.

Try the Gold.
Says Maxcatch Eco ?
 

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I've used Maxcatch Avid and Gold lines, and I currently use a Cortland 444 Ghost tip. If I'm honest, I prefer the Maxcatch from the casting point of view.
 

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The ECO is the one they often give as a freebie (no loops) when buying the Gold Line for about £13.
A comparison between the Gold and the Cortland would give a different result.

Peter
 

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The ECO is the one they often give as a freebie (no loops) when buying the Gold Line for about £13.
A comparison between the Gold and the Cortland would give a different result.

Peter
Mine is a Eco and it had two loops ? I cut the one on the business end off as I do with all my lines.
 

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What a pity you chose to buy the cheapest Maxcatch Eco line which are £3.50 online or free with most other purchases, hardly a fair test.
If you’d stumped up to £12.50 you could have had a Maxcatch Gold, a proper line that’s supple straight out the box, smooth, flies out the rings and floats like a cork.
Before these lines came along I used many top brand lines, most were a big disappointment, I also used to like the Cortland peach lines.
But a few years ago, probably three my new Peach started to crack all over after only 12 months of modest use and a few others had similar complaints.
Im in my third season with my gold line it’s all I use these days and it performs as well as the day I got it.
Try one then come back to us, also let us know how the Peach line looks in 12 months time?
S.
 

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What a pity you chose to buy the cheapest Maxcatch Eco line which are £3.50 online or free with most other purchases, hardly a fair test.
If you’d stumped up to £12.50 you could have had a Maxcatch Gold, a proper line that’s supple straight out the box, smooth, flies out the rings and floats like a cork.
Before these lines came along I used many top brand lines, most were a big disappointment, I also used to like the Cortland peach lines.
But a few years ago, probably three my new Peach started to crack all over after only 12 months of modest use and a few others had similar complaints.
Im in my third season with my gold line it’s all I use these days and it performs as well as the day I got it.
Try one then come back to us, also let us know how the Peach line looks in 12 months time?
S.
Read my post again. First line. Incase your colour blind the Cortland is green. I've checked my 7 weight and it's a peach coloured Cortland which 5 years old with no signs of cracking. I searched Amazon for Maxcatch and the one I bought was the first that came up. I'll buy the gold version and then review it.
 

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I’m fully aware your line is green, and five years ago Cortlands lines were fine, I said about three years ago a new Cortland line was cracking within 12 months.
S.
 

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The bit I can't understand is you say you did your research surely that must have been on here and if so why did you go via Amazon and not follow all the directions given on here . If not on here why make a new thread on here comparing the Eco line against a Cortland line ?
 

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The bit I can't understand is you say you did your research surely that must have been on here and if so why did you go via Amazon and not follow all the directions given on here . If not on here why make a new thread on here comparing the Eco line against a Cortland line ?
I buy virtually everything off Amazon even though it's generally more expensive the customer service and delivery has been faultless so far.
The point of the review is to give my experience buying cheap line compared to a mid-priced line.
 

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I'm tempted to compare it to a mill end but i've handled better mill ends.
I suspect you got a duff one (maybe someone is selling old Mill Ends as Maxcatch 😂).
I have several Eco lines, a Windcutter, and a Gold from Maxcatch. I find them all excellent. My oldest Eco has plenty of cracks after a full seasons very hard distance use and is now a brilliant 'midge tip' line.
The Windcutter is my favourite, the low stretch core, the grey colour and the very long front taper make it perfect for stillwater dry fly. I have used little else this season. The Gold is a 3wt and only gets short range river use, but is very nice.
I have used Cortland 444/444SL and 333, SA Aircel, and Wulff TT lines in the past and excellent they are. The Maxcatch lines are close, if not superior in quality.
I see no point in paying more than the £12 a Windcutter costs. I can get 4 for the cost of a new 444, with enough left for 2 Ecos!
 

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You can't really compare a £3.50 line with Cortland can you. It's cheaper than a millend 😂
Makes you wonder eh ? One thing I didn't mention which I suppose I should in these enlightened times is the environmental impact of manufacture. Do Maxcatch manufacture to the same standards ? Or vise versa. I know nothing about manufacturing fly lines but maybe someone on here does.
 

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Do Maxcatch manufacture to the same standards ?
I have noticed slight irregularity in the coating thickness on the very cheapest Maxcatch lines, but they still cast really well and are supple and true to weight.
The dearer ones seem really consistent, excellent, in fact...
 

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