I agree with using the bungee, I haven't used or needed to use a drift anchor yet in my kayak but I have in small boats and the bungee helps alot!Sharker (1/22/2010)I like mine on about 3' of bungee cord with a clip on the end. I can attach it to various points around the kayak and control the attitude/angle that I'm drifting. The bungee helps take the shock of waves, slowing the drift more and keeping you drier. I haven't found any difference in short vs long ropes with respect to speed, its just alot easier to maneuver fish around it if its closer than the end of the rod. Its also quicker to pull in and reposition.