WHAT A DRAGÉ
Forgetting his drogue on this occasion meant a busy day on the oars for Drew Dickson, prompting us to ask two TF contributors if there was any makeshift alternative for the boat angler who’s guilty of a similar omission.
“If buying a replacement at the fishery is just too painful, and anchoring isn’t an option, go to the bank at the top of the wind, as it will be much calmer there and the boat will drift much more slowly,” Rob Edmunds advises.
“Otherwise, see if you can cobble together a makeshift drogue. You could use the anchor rope (cut off the anchor) and try and find a large piece of material like hessian sack, or a bucket, plastic water butt etc. Anything that will slow the speed of the boat down. A 20-litre plastic container is good but a bugger to pull in at the end of the drift, I have done it, though, and it works.”
Fred Bainbridge adds that, “You could throw out the anchor but only so far that it doesn’t set fully but drags across the bottom, slowing you a little. I wouldn’t advise doing this in a strong wind, though, because if the anchor fully grips the bottom and stops the boat dead, you could find yourself in difficulty.”