The Diamond Kite Bridle

by John
(Moriarty, New Mexico, USA)

Q:

I do not know how or where I should tie my fly string. I have tried many ways and just did not do well. My grand-kids are getting upset. Please help if you can.

A:

OK, this is a bit tricky since I do not know exactly what your Diamond kite looks like.

The simplest way to fly a Diamond is to attach the flying line directly to the vertical spar. That's the stick that goes straight up and down. Attach the line to where the sticks cross. If the kite doesn't want to climb, tie the line a little higher up, that is, towards the top of the kite. Keep changing the position of the knot no more than 1/4" at a time, until the kite starts to fly up when you try to launch it. At some point it should willingly shoot up into the air, if you are flying in a light or moderate breeze.

Most Diamond kites have at least a 2-leg bridle, where one leg is attached near the nose end of the kite, and the other near the tail end. The flying line is attached to this bridle line, usually with some means of shifting the attachment point up and down along the bridle line. The procedure here is similar - you start with the ring or shifting knot right over where the sticks cross. If the kite doesn't climb in a breeze, then you carefully adjust the attachment point bit by bit until the kite flies.

Does the kite spin round and round in tight circles? In this case you probably need to add more tail. The lighter the tail the better, and the longer the better, for getting a Diamond kite to behave itself.

Hope this helps!

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Dec 09, 2012
On Adjusting The Bridle
by: Anonymous

By connecting the line to the bridle in the right place, you make the diamond kite fly better.

Store bought diamond kites will tell you where to attached the bridle ends to the vertical stick (spar). Besides attachment placement, that solves the problem of how long the bridle string should be. That leaves the problem of where to attach the string.

A simple method is to attach the string the bridle about 1/3 of the way down the bridle from where it attaches to the vertical stick. Test fly and then adjust.

If optimally placed placed your kite string will go up at a 60 degree angle. If it goes up at less than that angle, move the line higher up the bridle. But if you attach line too high up the bridle, the kite will tip over into diving spirals. If the kite is doing that, lower the attachment point.

Usually the attachment point will be somewhere near the horizontal stick.

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