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Old 09-10-2012, 07:01 PM
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Default Fly line repair

Hey everyone,

It has been quite some time since I last logged in. I have been pretty busy with work and what not. Anyways, I was fishing the other day and stepped on my line and put a pretty good slice in it with the stud of my boot.

I was wondering if anyone had a good idea on how to fix it. It is a fairly new line so I hate to buy a new one. I was thinking about using some super glue to glue the flap back down.

It is my 6wt streamer line so it doesnt need to be perfect just enough to slide through guides better.

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Old 09-10-2012, 08:54 PM
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Default Re: Fly line repair

I've done it with heat shrink tubing . You have to be careful that you don't melt the fly line when you shrink it.
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Here's a site that shows how they repaired a line

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Default Re: Fly line repair

Is it sliced all the way through or most of the way through?

I have several Rio lines that come with the welded loop on them. One of them that I have used a lot for Carp fishing the last couple years was still in good shape but the coating on the loop was fraying. I opened the loop up and put a thin coating of Aquaseal on the damaged part. It seems to be working quite well.

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Default Re: Fly line repair

I have not tried this but a friend recomended using flexible, UV-curing compound such as some of the wader patching products on the market. Has anyone tried this technique?
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put a thin coating of Aquaseal on the damaged part. It seems to be working quite well.
That was going to be my suggestion also. Aquaseal is strong, flexible and tenacious. It's the stuff many inflatable raft builders use to bond attachment point patches onto their rafts. Scadden recommended it to me too to fix a tear on my pontoon. That was three years ago and it's still going strong.
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I have used a thin coating of Aquaseal. It stiffens that area of the line but it works pretty well. The heat shrink tubbing method is the best way.
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I have not tried this but a friend recomended using flexible, UV-curing compound such as some of the wader patching products on the market. Has anyone tried this technique?
Yes. I repaired a fly line using Loon's UV wader repair. It got me through several days of a trip just fine. My line needed replaced anyway, so I can't say how long it will hold up. Good stuff to have "just in case". What I liked about this was it was easy to do in the field and it didn't make the line stiff when applied. It was supple enough and didn't hang up on my guides much if at all.
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Alright, thanks for all the suggestions. I think I will give aquaseal a go and see how it works.
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Default Re: Fly line repair

There is an article in todays Midcurrent article about making loops. He used a hair curler to soften the line to melt it together.
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