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.
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.
Fish tremble when they hear my name
A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are built for.
--John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic, 1928