I finally had an opportunity to use the Hobie drift chute I picked up at Backyard Boats ealier this year. I was fishing a creek off the Potomac river and the tide was pushing into the creek. I usually end up drifting too fast with the tide and I find it difficult to keep ideal boat position. I bought the drift chute hoping it would help solve this problem. I used it last weekend and it worked like a charm. I attached it to my anchor trolley with a 10 foot piece of spare rope from my trolley installation and that seemed to work perfectecly. I tossed the chute out and positioned the trolley clip at the stern of the boat. The chute inflated quickly, slowed my drift considerably, and kept me perfectly parallel to the current and shoreline. I just kept working the bank structure as I let the tide slowly move me toward the back of the creek. I didn't have any issue with the chute getting in the way of fighting a fish, but that's a problem I'll gladly sort out when it happens. Based on my single experience, I think this is going to be a great tool for fishing moving water or in significant wind. I didn't take pictures this time, but will do so when I hit the water next week.
The gods do not subtract from the alloted span of men's lives the hours spent fishing.
Last edited by TDK on Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:38 am, edited 1 time in total.