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Old 02-13-2009, 08:42 PM
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Default Repairing a Cut in a Fly Line

I got the chance to get out to a local pond today and I noticed that my fly line on the 4wt I was using had a small cut in it near the pre-formed loop. It cast just fine, but I noticed it starting to sink a little as the day wore on. Is there a way for me to fix this? Can I just put some clear nail polish over it to seal it or is there something better to use?
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:09 PM
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Default Re: Repairing a Cut in a Fly Line

Try a flexable glue like Plio-bond or use Knot Sense on the cut Make sure the line is dry before you try it. If it's close to the end just cut it off & put another loop in the line or use a nail knot to attach a new leader & when you want to replace that leader, cut it about 1' from the nail knot & tie a new leader on with a blood knot.. Ck your rod eyes & especially your tip ptop for wear & sharp edges.
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:03 PM
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Default Re: Repairing a Cut in a Fly Line

Make a new loop.
All you need is some 1/8" shrink tube and a lighter or heat gun. Get the shrink tube at Lowes or any online electrical supply.
Start with this.
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Then do this.
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Heat the line so that it melts inside the shrink tube. Leave a section of the tube un shrunk like this.
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Now cut a slot in the unshrunk section of the tube and grab it with some pliers and tear it off completely.
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Old 02-13-2009, 11:17 PM
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Default Re: Repairing a Cut in a Fly Line

that is cool, would have never thought of doing that. Although I have never fished a line with the loop. Always tied my leader on.
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:29 AM
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Default Re: Repairing a Cut in a Fly Line

Thanks for the illustrated tutorial on making a new loop. I think even I can do that. That is a great reply and I think a lot of folks will benefit from it. It is off to Lowes for me tomorrow!
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Default Re: Repairing a Cut in a Fly Line

Brilliant!!! It's looks alot easier than a whipped loop. Thanks great tip
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:59 AM
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Question Re: Repairing a Cut in a Fly Line

Anyone used this method? My only question is how strong is it? OK for brim and small trout but not so much for larger rout?
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Default Re: Repairing a Cut in a Fly Line

[Heat the line so that it melts inside the shrink tube. Leave a section of the tube un shrunk like this.

You lost me here. How do you heat the line inside the heat shrink? Looks like the heat shrink would shrink first and the line inside would not?

I think it's great and I would really like to learn how you do it.
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Default Re: Repairing a Cut in a Fly Line

Hi Backcastwards,

I would also wonder about the strength. Have you done this on a real fly line. I also wonder what happens to the finish on the fly line when it melts? Does it destroy the hollow micro-spheres in the coating? I think that it would but don't know.

These are just some questions that come to mind.

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Default Re: Repairing a Cut in a Fly Line

I think that you would heat both of them. The shrink tube would hold the line together while it melts together. The shrink tube should hold it together while it is melting and cooling until it hardens. Shrink tube helps to hold it together as well as keeping the heat in, not allowing it to dissipate and allowing the stuff to melt.
Using a small butane torch and holding it a few inches away from the flame so as not to catch it on fire, and just using the heat of the flame should do what you need it to. I would put the line loop part in something because I wouldn't be sure about heat transfer to the loop portion and possibly burning you... Could be wrong though. Hope I'm helping, rather than confusing you more. lol

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