The Larkshead - an Essential Knot


How do you attach a flying line to the kite? With a Larkshead? How do you attach the line to an anchor? With a Larkshead! How do you connect several kites to a line without tying permanent knots? With a Larkshead!

There was a time when we attached snap swivels to all our flying lines. The swivel would help eliminate twists and tangles. But we quickly learned that swivels are a weak link in the flying system. Swivels would break or fail much more often than the kite or line. So we learned to wrap-up lines without twists quit buying swivels.

If your kite doesn't already have a simple connecting point, attach a "pig tail" made from a short piece of flying line.

A larkshead is stronger than metal connectors, more durable over time, and simple to undo. Learn to make it an essential part of your kite flying skills.

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Photos courtesey of Matt Brown.

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