I was interested in reading about the towel in the lap trick. About 90% of the time I use floating lines and always leave the line in the water - just like I was wading. The line is outside of the boat and does not get tangled with anything. I suppose that it might get in the way with a particularly energetic fish, but I have used the method for 25 years and have had no problem on still water. I do a little fishing out of a kayak for stripers with a sinking line and as a rule do not enjoy it. The sinking line is nearly impossible to use the same method. Maybe the towel trick will make my stiper time more enjoyable if not more productive.