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Old 05-23-2011   #1
 
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Any thoughts on river anchor design.

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Old 05-23-2011   #2
 
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Pyramid or spike not working for you?
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I have been using a lead Pyramid and I need a change. We don't need any more lead on the river bottom and never had a spike design and wondered if they worked well. Some have spikes only on bottom and other have stars on top and bottom. I realize everything is a compromise and wanted some opinions on design. thanks
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I have the hyde spike anchor and it does a good job. No issues. I think most of the companies have seen the light and are making even the pyramids out of steel now. Never tried a chain anchor.
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Do a search - other posts about exactly this. I use a 45 lb dumbell, short length of chain wrapped around handle a few times and secured back to itself with a screwlink, attach to anchor line loop with locking biner and a pulley to halve the pull weight. No pointy ends on a hex 45# dumbell. Lead is bad, heard enough testimony that chain anchors are really frowned upon and bad for the river and don't hold well anyway.
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Thanks for the replies. I may try both.
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Old 05-25-2011   #7
 
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Thanks for the replies. I may try both.

i have both. i think the pyramids work better. by design, the big end turns downstream and digs in a bit. the spiked anchors seem to drag and roll a lot. i also think the spiked ones are more likely to get stuck in sumberged branches etc. i find my self using anchors less for actual fishing and more to hold the boat in eddies for changing flies or landing fish. because i'm not trying to hold in current, i can get by with a lighter anchor.
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