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A technique is presented for fabricating large numbers of evanescently coupled taps on a single-mode fibre. An output fibre can be adjusted between any of the taps, resulting in a discretely variable delay. The concept was demonstrated with a 7 tap device which had a 2.5 ns delay between taps and a tap uniformity of Â± 1.6 dB. A technique for making continuously variable delay lines is presented.