I am outfitting my canoe with a variation of the Joe Hyde 2-anchor system. I really wanted to use his idea of the soft anchor. But I about fell over when I saw the cost of the lead shot. I have one of those mushroom anchors, but I think it is too big an clunky.

So, some questions?
  • How much weight do I actually need for a canoe anchor?
  • Any other sources for the shot?
  • Any ideas for a substitute for the lead shot?
  • Is there another type of suitable anchor?