The stern seat is the most unstable place to be - unless you have enough ballast in the other end of the boat to trim it level. You were sitting in the narrowest part of the canoe. With no ballast to trim the boat, you are trying to balance your weight and the weight of the boat (some of that elevated from the water) on a short and narrow waterline.
You need to have the boat trimmed more level to get the best stability. Either sit in the bow seat facing the stern, kneel just behind the center....or do what I do - stand up just behind the center. In a typical recreational tandem, standing near the middle is quite stable, since the boat is trimmed more even and you are in the widest part of the boat.
And of course - you could also just add ballast ahead of center to trim the boat flat while you sit in the rear seat (if you must), but that still won't be as stable as sitting closer to the center.
No - I do not use an anchor when fly-fishing. I would rather drift.
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