Nicholas’ Fly Fishing Glossary: Anchor . . .

Fly Fishing Glossary, continued . . . .

Anchor (noun)

Device, usually composed of toxic lead, purportedly intended to hold a boat in place selected by the boatman.  Anchors commonly used with drift boats may be a variety of shapes including round cannonballs, triangular pyramids, complex astronomical representations, and likenesses of primitive deities.

Practical experience has proved that anchors do not, generally, hold a drift boat in place in areas where being held in place is desirable.  On the contrary, these drift boat anchors only hold said boat in place in areas where being held in place is most highly undesirable, for example, in the middle of a Class IV rapids.  See also anchor release.

Drift boat anchors come in two sizes:  too-light and too-heavy.  These weight classifications refer only to the likelihood of causing spinal injury when attempting to retrieve anchor via an anchor release.  If given the opportunity, a smart angler chooses the too-light anchor. This is because all anchors, whether too-light or too-heavy, perform in a functionally identical manner in the river;  so save yourself a smushed disc or a blob of your guts popping out through your belly button hole – go with the little anchor every time.

Alternate. (noun)

The anchor is a term that refers to a section of Spey line, a Spey line tip, a Spey leader, or even a little tiny fly that is stuck in the water and provides what is referred to as an anchor that is purportedly essential as a platform from which to launch a Spey cast.  Lifting said anchor up from the water’s surface before the Spey cast has been launched (see also chuck) is referred to as a case of premature anchor releasification.  One may recognize that said anchor has been lifted, broken, or prematurely released by detection of a sound much like the crack Zorro’s whip.  While we all loved to hear ol’ Zorro crack the whip, we cringe when our broken anchor makes this sound.  Such premature release of one’s anchor is not a good thing.


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