Originally Posted by NorthernPotterCo
looks like it`s a well built kayak. hope it works well for you and good luck fishing in it
Thanks npc, I'm having an absolute blast in it. Here are some other things I've done with it. This is a drag chain anchor, if you're not familiar with it here's the skinny on it. In a river/creek this will drag along the bed and slow you to the current speed and allow time for another cast or two to those sweet spots. With this you can also adjust faster or slower depending on how much line you have out. I've used this system on the Susquehanna with great success. I made mine out of 1' sections of 3/8" chain that I slid into a bicycle tire tube zip stripped on. (that was an interesting experience) You can adjust this anchor system by adding or removing sections accordingly. This also keeps you tracking straight while floating downstream, a huge plus.
This is an anchor trolly system, with this you can change anchor points depending on wind direction and keep you facing the way for best casting. you can go from a rear anchor point to the front and anywhere in between in seconds and you do not have to move to do it.
I chose a 6lb. down rigger ball for my anchor. For line storage/retrieval I bought a divers reel, I use this for Stillwater fishing. It doesn't catch or tangle on anything on the bottom yet holds position very well. The floats are for in case I need to disengage the anchor for what ever reason and still be able to get it back.
For gear storage I went to Weis and got two milk crates. I wanted to maximize the space so I cut one down and zip stripped it to the other the width of the kayak floor behind the seat. I used a piece of black plastic ribbed flexible pipe to hold the sections of chain. This gives easy access and prevents them from getting buried. This has worked out very well.
Also, so I don't end up ---- creek without a paddle
I have a paddle bungee.
On the front hatch I have a GoPro mount installed along with a dummy cord attatchment (the smaller cordage from inside parachute cord) so I don't end up crying in the middle of a lake somewhere in PA.
I have had the best time with this kayak and look forward to next year where I'll be making it a point of bothering as many trout as possible in as many lakes as possible...