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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:15 am 
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Wind seems to be the one constant here in N California.

I was advised by a kayaking fisher to get a drift chute.

Hobie seems to make one of the better ones.

I would appreciate how to's and not to do's from those who have used a drift chute.

Use would be mainly on a tidal/windy river or on lakes.

One of my searches said not to use on a river, where as many users use a drift chute on a river.

Below is the search on this forum re Hobie Drift Chutes:

search.php?keywords=Hobie+Drift+Chute&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=all&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:46 am 
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The chute that I have is from a local store here in Portland (Fisherman's marine). I use one most of the time when anchored in the rivers while fishing for sturgeon. I anchor from the bow and throw the drift chute off the stern. I tie it up high on my crate (to my cart which sticks up above my crate) to keep the line above my rudder. When I hook a fish I pull it up and leave it on back. You can see that in this picture.

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The rope to the chute is the pinkish line tied to the axle of the cart. This height keeps the line from tangling in the rudder.

I also use it to slow me down when bass fishing. I find that pedaling against it slows me down and keeps me truer in any kind of a breeze. I do not know how the Hobie drift chute compares in size to what I have.

If you want to "test" it on the cheap just bring a small bucket. You may find that you do not need anything else.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:04 pm 
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Thanks for the great feedback. If it works on the Columbia River, it will work on my local rivers.

What is the length of the rope you use, and is the rope a floating rope?

Thanks again,
Dave


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The chute that I have is from a local store here in Portland (Fisherman's marine). I use one most of the time when anchored in the rivers while fishing for sturgeon. I anchor from the bow and throw the drift chute off the stern. I tie it up high on my crate (to my cart which sticks up above my crate) to keep the line above my rudder. When I hook a fish I pull it up and leave it on back. You can see that in this picture.

Image

The rope to the chute is the pinkish line tied to the axle of the cart. This height keeps the line from tangling in the rudder.

I also use it to slow me down when bass fishing. I find that pedaling against it slows me down and keeps me truer in any kind of a breeze. I do not know how the Hobie drift chute compares in size to what I have.

If you want to "test" it on the cheap just bring a small bucket. You may find that you do not need anything else.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:48 pm 
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I would guess that the rope is about 8 feet. It was a scrap I had laying around. You just want it to be long enough to keep the chute submerged. This will depend on the size of the chute and the height of the attachment. The rope I have does not float which is fine since I need the front portion of it to submerge with the chute. Also, the chute sinks so I doubt it makes much difference whether the rope floats or not.

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