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Lines of Least Resistance
This article was easy to understand and straight to the point. John Foster talks about how to line a canoe while white portaging. He explains what kind of rope you need and how to tie the right knots for lining the rapids.
Foster explains that the ideal rope for lining the rapids is braided floating rope, something with a good grip. Depending on certain aspects of where you are depends on how long your rope should be. You should also make sure that you dont let your canoe go into the main current or it will capsize. He also goes on to explain how to tie the ropes on to your canoe and how to make a simope bridle. Foster finished with stating that you will learn best practicing "in a light current with only a few obstacles present."
If you are looking to portage for the first time and you aren't sure how to line rapids this is a great article for learning. Forster gives some good tips on how to get started.
Foster, John. "Lines of Least Resistance." Canoeroots. Spring 2011. Page 22.