Assault floating river question

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Wayne, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Wayne Member

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    Well I finally had a chance to take my single man assault down the river. I had a great time and used the flip fins for most of my navigating except in faster water. If I got lazy and quit finning and just let myself drift I would always end up backwards! This is very annoying anything I can do to stop this from happening? Also there was times that I wish I had brought my anchor to hold my position in slower water wher there were fish rising. Is this a good idea? I have the scadden depth charge anchor and a Scotty anchor mount , I'm guessing there may be a better(safer) anchor to use in the river.
    Thanks wayne
  2. psycho Active Member

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    I use half inch chain for my river anchor, about fifteen pounds of it for my ten foot Scadden Skykomish Sunrise H2O.
  3. PT Physhicist

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    You don't have to kick vigorously to keep your line. An educated flip here and there should keep you heading the right direction. Bring the anchor. Use it with a bit of caution. Practice with it a bit in some safe water and you'll figure it out.
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  4. Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    Agreed but I would personally use more than a bit of caution with Scotty anchor mount on the stern in a river because you can't quickly cut the rope below the jam cam in an emergency when it's centered 3 feet behind you with a seat back and possibly gear in the way. I'd feel better about a stern mounted Scotty if I could rig a cleat; maybe a rappel Descender clipped to a strap on the tube, just in front of me and bypass the Scotty's jam cam.
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  5. PT Physhicist

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    Brian, very good point. The Scotty mount isn't what I'd consider a river anchor system. Give me a LeeLock for that app.
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  6. Bill Aubrey Active Member

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    Brian and PT,

    How would you rig a LeeLock on a Scadden frameless? Any ideas?
  7. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Bill how about a biner and one of those line wrap clamps? You could flip the line out or cut it quickly.
  8. Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    I haven't seen a LeeLock. I'm just brainstorming here... you could use two Scottys. As I mentioned before one on the stern bypassing the jam cam just to have a fixed anchor mount standoff at the stern. They are kind of big for this and might catch the fly line too easily but maybe mount a second Scotty on a gunnel just in front of you to use the jam cam. Perhaps routing the rope forward to a small swivel pulley strapped & clipped to the bow and come back to a Scotty mounted just in front of the seat. Or maybe you could find or modify a cleat with a smaller profile by cutting a slot for a strap sideways through the base to attach to the gunnel.


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