Re: Albany Newbie - Yak
Not sure what you know or don't know.... so l=please don't be offended...
Pretty soon you are going to want to anchor - in current. Note, I said anchor in current, not flip, or anything of that sort....
I use a 5 lb. folding anchor (& even that doesn't hold well in currents I am comfortable anchoring in). My anchor line is placed through a big float. There is a stopper at the end of my anchor line so the float can ride the line freely but not come off.
When I anchor I am holding the rope in my hand. I do not tie down to the yak and see what happens... If something doesn't go right I can let go of the rope and, due to the float, not lose it. (Never had to do this but it's nice knowing...) Once I am tight to the anchor I generally just sit on the rope. I do have an anchor cleat to tie down to but this allows me to get at, or release, the rope very quickly. Should I hook a big fish and am too busy to pull up the anchor, I can release the rope and give chase.
So, the short of it. Put a float on your anchor rope. Always, give a little thought before you tie down your rope to your yak.