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I am rigging an anchor system for my 14 ft raft/frame...for fishing, not to hold fast in crazy water.....many different anchor options....mushroom, triangle, home made, spike cylinder.....any suggestions for Colorado rivers Eagle, CO, Roaring Fork for fishing....a guide on the Green told me he liked the spiked cylinder style best, though he had a triangle on his drift boat...the shops here in Co seem to sell mostly mushroom....also ? re nylon vs polypro for an anchor line...3/8 inch vs 1/2? thanks, Chet
 

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14 foot raft, been using a spiked cylinder for drift boats, works pretty well, very occasionally gets caught...also have the pyramid, but feel the cylinder works better, Ark, CO, etc...whatever you use make sure you have a double pulley system for a 2:1 pull ratio and use a rope that is easy on your hands.
 

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I went thru a few different options when I built my 14' catboat. Finally found the answer at Boulder Boatworks. Steel pyramid filled with lead shot- so it is adjustable. Ad long as you have a double pulley, more is better. As far as line goes- definitely multi braid nylon. At least 1/2 inch. Another tip for you- check out the auto locking cams from Leelock. Work great- far better and more secure than jam cleats or dueling pivot cleats.

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I have the Hyde spike anchor, works great. I’ve used barbells also in things like fishing pontoons, but mainly on still water. I don’t find a whole lot of need for an anchor in CO, but fishing bigger, wider water in ID, MT, etc it’s more handy. I would go with either pyramid or spike, mushrooms are not for moving water (they pretty much suck in still water too.). Clavey also makes a lead fillable river anchor. Lead shot can be pretty expensive anymore so I think you come out about even either way, depends if you want the adjustability.

Rope, as big as your cleat will take. Fatter will jam better and is easier on your hands.
 

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14 foot raft, been using a spiked cylinder for drift boats, works pretty well, very occasionally gets caught...also have the pyramid, but feel the cylinder works better, Ark, CO, etc...whatever you use make sure you have a double pulley system for a 2:1 pull ratio and use a rope that is easy on your hands.
Yep, same. Recently lost the 20 lb flayed mushroom anchor. Didn't hold for shit. Switched to the 30 lb spiked cylinder, its worth the extra $$$, holds much better in spots.
 

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I use a steal cylinder spike anchor and I have had the same one for 15 years. Friends that go lead have replaced them 3 times in that span. I was just on the Big Hole and saw a boat with a large wad of chain. Like 10-12 chunks of 16" lengths. He said it worked great. Definitely needed a pulley on the anchor for that one.


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Careful on anchoring in Colorado. The riverbed may belong to a private landowner, we have the same problem with river banks and scouting. Some guides I know don't carry anchors as proof they were not anchored. I use a cordura wrap with river rocks. Primative but expendable. The Eagle especially is highly fragmented with private/public, and the landowners can be right nasty about it, ditto over on the R Fork.
 

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My grampa taught me to fill a big coffee can with cement and stick an eyebolt down in it.
 

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My grampa taught me to fill a big coffee can with cement and stick an eyebolt down in it.
Also I poke holes in the bottom of the can and run rebar through it in a cross section to create some spikes. That is also what I use to connect a piece of chain for connection. make sure you file down the rebar though so that you don't have sharp edges.
 

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I'd go polypro on the line, nylon holds moisture and is more likely to rot. But whatever floats your boat. :)
 
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