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HOW TO FLY A Single Line Kite
ALWAYS be a safe kite flyer !

1. Find an open area away from buildings, power lines and trees.
If a flag is flying you will have enough wind to fly your kite.

2. Assemble your kite by following the assembly instructions supplied by the

3. Attach flying line to bridle using either a snap swivel, or a larkshead knot.
(See knot diagrams below)
NOTE: Never assume that the end of your line is attached to your winder !
Many spools/winders do not have the end of the line secured at the factory.
Always read the instructions on your line, and use caution as you let out the final
several feet of your line.

4. To launch your kite, stand with your back to the wind and hold your kite up
facing the wind.
A kite can usually be launched straight out of your hand.
As the kite starts rising, slowly let out more line.
Usually, you should be able to just release the kite & hang on
tightly to your winder.
Remember - if you have to run with your kite, there is not
enough wind to fly.

5. An alternative way of launching is to get a helper to carry the kite downwind
for 50 to 75 feet. Signal to your helper to release the kite.
When you pull on the line the kite will rise into the air. Do not throw the kite up into the air.
The tension you have on the line will give the kite lift.

6. A tail not only will make your kite "flashier" looking, it also adds stability in
higher winds.
If the wind is borderline, try removing your tail.

7. When it comes to pulling your kite back down, pull the line down by hand
and then rewind it onto your spool or handle.

8. While flying, if the wind runs out on you and your kite is in danger of crash landing,
walk forward to take the tension out of the line and the kite will float down.

9. If you want to leave your kite unattended - Make sure you tie it off securely to a strong,
stationary holder.
Do not stick your winder into the ground. The lift of the kite can
pull the winder, or a light weight holder back out of the ground.

10. If you want to add extra lengths of flying line try to begin with the desired length.
If you ties separate lengths together, you can weaken your line as much as 50%
at each extension knot.
Never use different strengths of line as extenders.


  • Always be a safe kite flyer !
  • Do not fly in thunderstorms.
  • Do not fly near airports
  • Do not fly over roads or highways
  • If you are flying a stunt kite - do not fly over people or animals.
  • Try to find a good open area away from buildings, power lines and kite eating trees.
  • When flying large single line kites - it is advisable to wear gloves.

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