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Replacing/repairing the "Chinese finger trap" end

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Re: Replacing/repairing the "Chinese finger trap" end

Postby Daniel @ Tenkara USA » Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:14 pm

Ah! Got it. Thanks for clarifying.
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Re: Replacing/repairing the "Chinese finger trap" end

Postby Wupperfischer » Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:30 am

I went to a shop which sells kites and accessories. Some kitelines are hollow braided and ideal to replace brocken traps.
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Re: Replacing/repairing the "Chinese finger trap" end

Postby Daniel @ Tenkara USA » Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:23 pm

Interesting tip, I just wonder how many kite shops we can find here in the US. Like anything in fly fishing, we're always borrowing from other hobbies (e.g. brush bristles for fly tails....).

I finally got some lilian in our stock as well if anyone ever needs it.
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Re: Replacing/repairing the "Chinese finger trap" end

Postby daupers » Wed May 30, 2012 2:06 am

Hi - I used a piece of braided backing line with nail polish. Works perfectly.

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Re: Replacing/repairing the "Chinese finger trap" end

Postby cptbligh » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:33 am

First of all: DO NOT!! DO NOT!! Use any heat to re-attach the Lilian. The fabric is clearly nylon or some similar fabric and melts instantly at the first contact with heat. This is from very recent experience (less than 5 minutes ago).

If you do attempt a re-attachment slip the old Lilian on the tip and use water resistant Super Glue to complete the work.

Good luck. Am now waiting to Tenkara USA to ship replacement sections.
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Re: Replacing/repairing the "Chinese finger trap" end

Postby Adam Trahan » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:21 pm

Yikes!

I have replaced a few lillians and I always round off the tip end, then roughen the tip end sides where the lillian will be, coat with a medium or slow set cyanoacrylate (super) glue but not on the tip top end and then fit the lillian on the tip. I make sure that the lillian is glued well but no glue wicking into the lillian, the glue stops before the radius (rounded off tip) so that it is free to move yet will not have a glue rigid lillian.

I hope you understand.

Then I use a little nail polish and make the end of the lillian on the blank transition with the nail polish and on up to cover a little on the lillian where it is on the blank.

Never had a problem this way.
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Re: Replacing/repairing the "Chinese finger trap" end

Postby cptbligh » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:21 am

Adam:

Many thanks for the reply and the suggestions.

I just finished putting a new Lilian on my rod. I broke about 1/2 inch off when removing a line (forgot to hold only the Lilian when taking the line off).

I very carefully sanded the tip rounding it off as you recommended. Not having any Lilian material I realized that the bit of fabric knotted on the end cap was the exact same fabric as the Lilian and I used that to put a new one on. Used a bit of Super Glue.

All seems good and I remembered not to collapse all the parts until the Super Glue was completely dry.

Heading out to a local trout stream tomorrow so we will see how well the repair holds.

Cheers,

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