How To Use Brush Anchors (Brush Gripper Review)

By: Wyatt Parcel on June 26, 2020
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Looking for a quick and stealthy way to anchor your kayak?

You might want to try a brush anchor.

These types of anchors grab onto nearby structure to hold you in place, which saves you the hassle of dropping a heavy, noisy anchor, or sticking a stick anchor into the ground.

Last week I used a brush anchor to hold my position in a creek with heavy current, which allowed me to land my personal best flounder, so I definitely recommend them.

However, they’re not good for all situations or all vessels.

In this video, I’m going to be reviewing the Brush Gripper by YakGear.

You’ll learn:

  • The pros and cons of brush anchors
  • How to assemble the Brush Gripper
  • And much more

Check out the video below.

Brush Gripper Review [VIDEO]

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If you’re thinking about getting a brush anchor, here are the pros and cons of them:


  • Quick
  • Stealthy
  • Easy to use
  • Take up very little space
  • Cheap


  • Not good for open water when there’s nothing to clip to
  • Usually not as secure as an anchor or stick-it-pin (depends on what you clip it to)
  • Best used for kayaks and paddleboards, not so much for boats
  • Requires assembly (although it’s pretty quick and easy, as demonstrated in the video)

How To Assemble The Brush Gripper

The Brush Gripper is pretty simple to set up.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Slide the rope by the tension spring and under the bolts of one side of the gripper

Step 2: Run the rope under the bolts on the other side of the gripper and out through where the tension spring is

Step 3: Tie a knot in the rope about 4-5 inches down from the handle

Step 4: Tie the end of the rope to a carabiner so you can clip it onto your kayak


If you have a kayak and fish around trees or grass, you might want to consider getting a brush anchor to hold yourself in place.

However, if you have a boat, or fish a lot of open water, it might not be a good option for you.

Have any questions about brush anchors?

Have you used them before?

Let us know in the comments below.

You can get the Brush Gripper from Amazon here.

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Cody Selph
5 days ago

Great video Wyatt!!! Congrats on you’re PB flounder