Standing with your back to the wind you should be able to launch the kite while letting
line off of the spool.
In lighter winds you may
find that letting out roughly a hundred feet of line and having a helper hold the kite
downwind from you will assist in getting the kite to raise to a higher altitude. When you
give the instruction to release the kite begin bringing in the line until the kite is
under way. As your kite gets higher the wind will not be as turbulent from local trees and
buildings and should fly smoothly.
Once the kite is flying,
you may find letting the line out in stages works best. Let out some of the line then
briskly bring a little back in to make the kite raise higher, repeat as necessary.
gusty winds your kite
may seem out of control and start doing loops or power dives toward the ground.
Immediately let out line to gain control and get the kite facing skyward again, as it
comes under control you can recover the line that you let out.
Adding a tail not only
makes the kite look better but adds drag to slow the kite down and help stabilize it in
stronger winds. A small piece of line and a fishing swivel clip will make adding and
removing a tail more convenient.
If you have an
bridle or tow point, experiment with it. Raising it toward the nose in stronger winds may
help your single line kite to ride on top of the wind and reduce erratic flying. If your
kite will not come under control, wind it in until the wind calms down enough to fly
safely and without damage to the kite.
Always use a strong enough
line for the wind conditions that you intend to fly in.
If you have a hard pulling
kite be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands against burning from the line if it
slides through your hands quickly.