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Paddle Leash Design

There are lots of times I want to let go of my paddle and have hands free (get stuff from the deck or dry bag - Use binoculars, etc - Execute a T rescure without a lot of paddle management). It always seems that is the exact moment a wave decides to bump the blade and move the paddle over the side.

Has anyone built a paddle leash? What materials and features? Derek Hutchenson, for instance, adds a knot or bead to the hand loop so he can quickly snap the leash under a deck line. Other ideas? Best attachment to paddle? Hand?