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Replace a Tenkara Lilian Rod Tip

Posted by Tenkara Flyfish on May 12, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Lilian is the name of the hollow braided string which is attached to the end of a Tenkara rod. The lilian is used to connect to the Tenkara fly line to the Tenkara rod.


The lilian is hollow, and is designed to slip over the end of the Tenkara rod tip.  The first step is to dry fit the lilian onto the tip of the rod.  This will help develop the opening in the lilian, making it easier to get started for the final assembly.  Once you have the lilian dry fitted on the rod, don't completely remove it.  Rather back it off, leaving about 1/8 - 1/16 still attached.



Apply a very thin layer of epoxy to the tip area of the Tenkara rod ahead of the still attached lilian. The epoxy will serve both as an adhesive as well as a lubricant to aid in slipping the hollow lilian over the rod tip. I have found that using a twisting motion helps to seat the lilian over the Tenkara rod tip.  You will want to have about an 1 1/4 of overlap.


All that is left to do is to clean up any excess epoxy which was push out when seating the lilian,

and of course, be sure to let the epoxy thoroughly cure before using the Tenkara rod. 


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Reply mike
11:22 AM on August 21, 2011 
What is the lilian made of? Is it Spider Wire, nylon fly line backing or some other line?
Reply Paul
10:15 AM on August 22, 2011 

I'm pretty sure the lilian material is made specifically for that application.
Reply Jonathan McLean
12:10 PM on October 25, 2011 
Where can I buy replacement lilian braid string?
Reply brussels
9:36 AM on April 2, 2012 
Picking up on Jonathan's request where can you purchase replacement lilian brade string or any ideas of suitable DIY materials. Thought of the possibility of braided leader loops but do not know if these would be compatible with epoxy or super-glue. Anmy thoughts or advice welcome. Cheers
Reply klack
12:29 AM on May 11, 2012 
I would also like to find some lillian material. please let me know...
Reply Robert
9:50 PM on July 2, 2012 
klack says...
I would also like to find some lillian material. please let me know...

Tenkara USA carries lillian braid and other "parts".
Reply Phili
7:12 AM on November 27, 2012 
I have just fixed a new Lilian to my Tenkara Rod , I used a short length of LEAD CORE LINE cut the length required and remove the lead core