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Tie Off to a Push-Pole or Stakeout Pole

This is the best anchor in shallow water

January 19, 2018
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tying off to a push-pole or stakeout pole
Illustration by Steve Sanford

In the shallows, a stakeout pole or push-pole makes the best anchor. This simple hitch holds without slipping yet releases easily with a tug on the tag end.

  1. Pass the doubled line behind the pole.
  2. Reach through the loop and pull a loop of standing line through.
  3. Reach through the new loop and pull a loop of the tag end through.
  4. To release, pull the tag end and the line falls away from the pole.
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