Q: I plan on giving kayak fishing a try this summer. Is it a good idea to have a tether of some kind on the rod in case of a capsize? everything else will be strapped down or in storage bays.
Paul Topley, st Sampsons, Guernsey
GR says: it always makes sense to tie everything except for yourself to the kayak. there is a common saying among kayak anglers in the states that refers to this practice - ‘leash it or lose it’.
Modern angling kayaks are generally very stable, and the chance of a capsize is relatively rare if you remain aware of your surroundings and do not allow yourself to be caught off guard, but it does happen to us all at some time.
there are some very good versions available to kayak anglers, such as those made by an american company called scotty. they are reliable products and stand up very well to the harsher conditions of saltwater angling.
some of the more inventive kayak anglers prefer to make their own. if you plan to go down this route, ensure that the materials you select are strong enough to withstand quite a bit of pressure. once the leash is strong enough, it will be functional.
one final consideration to make is where to connect the leash to the rod. this will be a personal preference, but try to attach the leash below the reel, which will help stop it from fouling the reel handle when playing a fish or retrieving your line.