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Tazmanme

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I was thinking about starting to carry an anchor on the raft , I have shied away from this as you can get into some real problems with an anchor on the river, but have been giving it some thought since the water is going to be low and I will probably like to stay in some holes a little longer, was going to use a 2 ft. piece of chain for the anchor it self .Still not completely sold on the idea, but thought might do some me experimenting this weekend, question would be, how much rope to have on anchor?Also I’ve have set up my rafts more like white water boats, and don’t really want to attach an winch system to the boat so much, I was thinking about using a throw bag type of system to store the rope and anchor, so I didn’t have something that could lead to an entanglement trap , I’ve been doing ok without an anchor, but when the water is low I think there are times when it would help. Does anyone run a system like this or similar?
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Hey Taz,

I've done multiple methods.  None are perfect, but the drag chain is close to the best IMO.  Of course there is a huuuuuge safety disclaimer, be careful... be ready to cut, have a knife handy or use a slip knot, I have quick clip on my boat end I can be done with the whole thing if I get in a mess.  I think common sense goes a long way on what river you are using it in, what type of rocks, river bed, and where you place the anchor in the river.  I am very, very cautious and particular where I drop.  You can ask anyone who has floated with me.  I never drop in rapids or any type of a hydraulic.

Rock:
McFishin and I have used a river rock and tie rope around it.  That way if you lose it or have to cut it, you aren't out of anything. It tends to roll and eat your line though.  Can get stuck a lot.

Mushroom:
We have also used these, but only when we want to completely stop.  It will get stuck, a lot.  Placement is key.

Drag Chain:
I went with Caldwell one time and he used a single drag chain. Another friend named Dave used one also.  I was surprised it did so well, we never got stuck once. However, I didn't like the noise of the chain though. I figured if I could hear it out of the water, the fish could definitely hear it, and the big ones would have an ever lower percentage chance of eating.  So I made my own drag chain... I got a large industrial grade caribiner clip (tractor supply - heavy) and made individual "fingers" of chain links that I could attach. This was very helpful when I was at the Susky earlier this year and had to add links to slow us down more during high flows.  In low flows and I go down to a single link to slow me down some, but not stop.  I bought bike innertubing from walmart, about $3-4 and would work the 3/8" chain through it after warming it up with a heat gun or hair dryer.  A nice winter project.  After several trips it will eventually break down, it's doing its job. It cut down on the chain noise tremendously.  Some of the guys in my boat made their own. They just went to a tire store and got old tubes, wrapped the chains and secured them with zip ties or gorilla tape. Eventually any method you will have to replace if you fish enough 😉

I have done this method in my kayak also, with an anchor system and mini chain links. It works too but I'm more hesitant to drop in faster water.

The shorter the rope, the less chances you will stop and more chances you will drag.  The longer the rope let out, the better chances you will slowly drag and/or stop. I have one long rope and the person with me can adjust pending what we need to do or the depth of the hole (depth and flow always changing in a river so I do not like one standard setup).

For a laugh, one time WVUflyflisher and I used a 45lb weight lifting plate on the SoHo. It worked but was pretty comical to the other guys and their fancy drift boats. We were young and just starting out financially with our careers 😉


And I'm sure someone on here will blast myself or anyone else about using any weight method to slow down your raft.  Be prepared for the the worse. Be ready to lose it.  I wouldn't use one if you are alone. One person manning the oars and one on the anchor when you are ready to drop/pull.  If you get stuck row upstream while the other person pulls the rope. Again, I've never had my newer, quiet drag chain ever get stuck in the past couple of years with close to 30 floats a year.  Just my experiences though. Be very cautious. I will say that my drag chain has helped me catch multiple large river smallies in ideal "sexy" water, that normally I would only get a few casts and less chance of getting them.

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Tazmanme

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Thanks for the advice , I have thought about the quick disconnect part of it , IE cutting the rope , a lot, as I mostly seem to fish alone, not necessarily how I wish it to be , but many of my fishing friends have got old or passed, I like the idea of the rubber around to dampen the noise and will certainly work on that part of it . I do like sexy water as sometimes I feel like I slide thru areas to quickly, thanks again J. T.
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I use chain to anchor the raft and yak from the stern.  I don't have much to add to what Brookie has already said except that I'm not dragging the chain to move slowly.  I want to be stopped in those good spots you're talking about, then pull up, move down 50ft, and repeat until I've fished the area thoroughly.  In the water I'm comfortable anchoring in (which is not in heavy current, but might be right next to it) where I can stop the boat with a backstroke or two of the oars, 3 18" lengths of 3/8" chain is good for the raft, even loaded with a 2nd or 3rd person.  25' of rope works for me, which is always in water less than 10' deep.  I let the chain out til all of it is on bottom and maybe another couple or few feet or more depending on current and wind speed, then half-hitch the rope to D-ring.  I lost mushroom and river style anchors that got stuck before I started using chain, which hasn't gotten stuck once in over 5 yrs. 
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Tazmanme

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Thanks Jeff , will start out with 25’ and see how that works,
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I echo the dimensions on Jeff's post. They are similar to mine.  I also do the same rowing up and back, covering the good water 😉
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