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.

Sea Angler (UK) - - Sea School -

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.

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