From 1965 to around 1970, Cortland released a line of fiberglass fly rods called Pro Crest. These rods ranged in size from 6'6" to 8'6" and covered line weights from 5 to 8. They didn't make large numbers of them, but they were good rods that sold for around thirty dollars. After the Pro Crest line came the Crown line which was followed by the FR-2000 line in the early to mid 70's.
I have been a fan of Cortland rods ever since I bought my first one twenty years ago. Since being introduced into the magical world of fiberglass fly rods a few years ago, I have been looking for and collecting these older Cortland rods. Last year I managed to grab a Pro Crest 7'6" 6 weight for around $40.00 on eBay. It was in great condition with very little use. I figured the price was right so I went ahead and got it. Fast forward to earlier this month when another Pro Crest appears on eBay. This one was a 8'6" version recommended for 6/7 weight line with minimal wear and tear. It was listed at $19.99 with $5.95 shipping. I watched, waited and plotted until the bidding ended. I ended up winning the auction as the one and only bidder. I could not believe my luck. No one bid on it?!? I am shocked. I can't believe it still. When you think about it, I paid less than this rod originally sold for however, to be fair, it did not have the rod tube or bag with it. Regardless, what a great score. As stated, it has minimal wear and tear. All the guides have tight wraps and none are dried out. The cork has some soiling and there are some mild blemish marks but nothing that detracts from the overall beauty or integrity of the rod. Another fantastic rod added to my ever growing vintage glass collection. Glass is not dead. It is alive and well in this house.