HydroSpider

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  1. I didn't feel right about just wandering off into the inter-web without saying THANK YOU. Finding solid information about a specific kayak inspired me to join this east side forum and I appreciated that this section was classy and always on topic. I learned a lot. So, thanks for letting a west-side guy hang out, but Ive decided to bid you all safe adventures and monster fish. "Not all who wander are lost"
  2. With the boats racked high, I get to keep the function of the truck. It allows for the necessary gear on extended trips and more boats for those team adventures. These days I use a shell and I like it a lot more than tent camping and enjoy some increased gear security when I'm on the water. Most importantly, my dog loves it back there after a long day of fishing adventure.
  3. Stumbled across a photo of my first anchor arm that I made for a kayak. This was on a Mini-X. It worked but it wasn't strong enough not to bend when there was pressure when the anchor was deployed. I called it The Gauntlet, but my friends called it the Snozz after the anchor stress bent it over. The pyramid was 9#s I later upgraded to a steel system.
  4. When I had a Tacoma short bed (no shell), I used a lumber rack with J bars. I upgraded to a newer long bed (with a shell) and I'm now using a Hullavator.
  5. I run any excess wires through the pool noodle flotation or pipe insulation. Keeps it all together and helps prevent any stored gear from snagging the wires. A good use for any of the hollow style pool noodles you might have for flotation.
  6. While it was a great way to fully experience that type of hydrology, I had really set myself up to take a nasty swim. Here is a situation where I was documenting instead of experiencing. This was a river keeper trip that I was invited to help with. The guy on the Scupper Pro is ridiculously experienced but still got caught unprepared and wrapped at the top of a stretch of strainers. He was composed and handled it but it could have been a tight spot. I had a throw bag in one hand and the camera in my other. Thanks OP, the thread got me going through some fun old photos.
  7. Found these in the dumb files too. I wasn't fishing but hopefully someone can enjoy a chuckle. The rest of that boat certainly did.
  8. I had interest in fishing a steeper creek in a kayak. I believed that an anchor, that was in a sort of closed system, would be of some help. I decided to attach the contraption to my Diesel 75. I used the heavy chain style anchor, it worked, and the whole thing was able to break away if things got ugly. The dumb part was how ridiculously loud the operation was. It all got parted out to other projects.
  9. Fun is amplified with multiple fishing barges surfing the same wave. What makes it dumb are my exposed hooks. I blame the Chartreuse Kraken at the 9 for my swim, but those hooks are knucklehead.
  10. Circa 1990?? Not a "fishing kayak" but I did fish out of it. GenerationX gear with KillerLoop glasses, Patagonia splash jacket and a Carlisle paddle. Oh, and a deck line. Pretty obvious what makes it dumb is what I wasn't wearing. I used to believe that SOTs were for casuals that couldn't roll but this is solid proof that I wanted to ride on top before I would admit.
  11. Mostly for sound dampening. Helps with link noise, and when the chain is traveling up the hull channel. It may help with the snag-less factor, but its mostly for stealthier runnings in smaller creeks.
  12. My anchors of choice are the pyramid at 9 or a slightly lighter tube sheathed chain. I am only using these for creeks and rivers and do not use an anchor in the Pacific or lakes. The pyramid offers stopping power but if the current is able to move me with it deployed, its time to bring it in and paddle. When I'm using the chain that brings a "snag-less" factor, I can allow the boat to continue down stream, just at a much slower rate. I deploy the anchor from the stern and use a quick release system. Been using this style for over 10 years and would consider myself skilled, but I am always aware that using anchors with a kayak is signing up for swimming lessons.
  13. If you are using it for emergencies and to be spotted at night, I'd recommend a strobe with a red option. NVGs pick up red lights brighter than other lights.
  14. Im glad the flotation inspired. Unfortunately you will need to double the pool noodle project and stuff the stern as well. If you end up flooding your hull, and if only one end of the boat has flotation, you will likely witness what Derek Hutchinson referred to as "Cleo's Needle" I saw this happen to a dude who forgot to twist in his drain plug (Tarpon 160) before entering the surf. His hull stored gear slid to the stern that was flooding from the open drain hole and the boat needled. Situation! just past the break. It's an easy project. It's helpful, when running pool noodles the full length of a boat, to attach them end to end if they are the hollow sort. Short pieces of PVC and a little dab of goop hold them together well. The traction/stealth padding is something that I have putting on all of my boats after coach GoPro revealed how loud I was on the water. It has made the boats more comfortable in hot temps, it helps keep things from sliding around and making noise, it's helpful when standing, but most importantly its a better surface for my dog.
  15. I haven't always worn my PFD while kayaking. Excluding surfing, I have been wrong and should have had it on, especially for fishing trips. Not just to help prevent folks from having to retrieve the body, but to be prepared to help my friends who get into trouble. Trouble happens in this game.