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What's the best way to fix a badly kinked fly line?

Question by stumpthumper. Uploaded on January 09, 2009

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

I'm not sure if this is the best way, but it's worked for me. I've stripped all the line off the reel, wrapped it all really tightly around a smooth garbage can, taped it so it would move and let it sit for a few days. Did the trick for me.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

I'd strip it all off the reel and put it around something round (Tree, bird bath base, or a fencepost)
and slowly add tension to in until it gets so tight you could play stairway to heaven on it, then SLOWLY release the pressure on it and wind it back on you're reel.

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from jbonifer24 wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

I like to wrap my line around an old tin coffe can. Wrap it tight, but not tight enough to really stretch it. Leave it on overnight and then put it back on the reel. This should work for you.

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from slta68 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Depending on how badly kinked it is, or if it's damaged, I would replace it. otherwisw, I have to agree with the coffee can approach mentioned earlier.

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from kjflorian wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I actually like to do the same thing as the answers above, but on a nice day when you don't have a lot of time I will just unreel the spool and lay the line out in your yard. Let the sun warm it up a little, but don't forget about it. Then as long as I have it off the reel, check it for cuts etc... Then when I reel it back on I pull the line through a cleaning solution for fly line, if you don't have that use armorall. It helps the line shoot through the eyes too.

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from Northbound Guide wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Throw it away

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

If it is kinked to the point that you can feel a crease in the line, then get new line. Be careful about stretching your line tight like a guitar string because when you do this it opens up microscopic pores in the line and it can hold dirt and become brittle in sunlight. If it is not creased then simply put it around a plastic coffee can and set it over a heat vent in your floor for a couple days. This will help relax the line, then rewind onto reel.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I said get rid of it and buy you a new one.

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from cjqga1 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

If I were you I would just replace it.

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from jrok6661 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

The other guys on here got it right. If it's torn up get rid of it. Even if you get it unkinked it will still want to get kinked again since the shape has been skewed.

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from Kyle Pountney wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Take it off the real and soak it in hot water for a while then put it back on the reel.

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from jcmesq wrote 9 weeks 22 hours ago

Stretch it. Otherwise, if it doesn't work, throw it away.

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

I'm not sure if this is the best way, but it's worked for me. I've stripped all the line off the reel, wrapped it all really tightly around a smooth garbage can, taped it so it would move and let it sit for a few days. Did the trick for me.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

I'd strip it all off the reel and put it around something round (Tree, bird bath base, or a fencepost)
and slowly add tension to in until it gets so tight you could play stairway to heaven on it, then SLOWLY release the pressure on it and wind it back on you're reel.

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from kjflorian wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I actually like to do the same thing as the answers above, but on a nice day when you don't have a lot of time I will just unreel the spool and lay the line out in your yard. Let the sun warm it up a little, but don't forget about it. Then as long as I have it off the reel, check it for cuts etc... Then when I reel it back on I pull the line through a cleaning solution for fly line, if you don't have that use armorall. It helps the line shoot through the eyes too.

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from Northbound Guide wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Throw it away

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from jbonifer24 wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

I like to wrap my line around an old tin coffe can. Wrap it tight, but not tight enough to really stretch it. Leave it on overnight and then put it back on the reel. This should work for you.

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from slta68 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Depending on how badly kinked it is, or if it's damaged, I would replace it. otherwisw, I have to agree with the coffee can approach mentioned earlier.

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

If it is kinked to the point that you can feel a crease in the line, then get new line. Be careful about stretching your line tight like a guitar string because when you do this it opens up microscopic pores in the line and it can hold dirt and become brittle in sunlight. If it is not creased then simply put it around a plastic coffee can and set it over a heat vent in your floor for a couple days. This will help relax the line, then rewind onto reel.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I said get rid of it and buy you a new one.

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from cjqga1 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

If I were you I would just replace it.

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from jcmesq wrote 9 weeks 22 hours ago

Stretch it. Otherwise, if it doesn't work, throw it away.

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from jrok6661 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

The other guys on here got it right. If it's torn up get rid of it. Even if you get it unkinked it will still want to get kinked again since the shape has been skewed.

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from Kyle Pountney wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Take it off the real and soak it in hot water for a while then put it back on the reel.

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