I like the orvis stripping basket, it's a little spendy but it works great and fits even the portliest of fellows (I should know).
I would avoid the collapsable william/joseph model, or any other mesh/collapsable modesl, as I find they're too collapsable and tend to sag after a while. Stick with something rigid.
If you're a cheapo type of person make your own out of a shopping basket or small laundry basket and a belt or a bungee cord. Use the search function to find out more info, baskets have been discussed many times.
I have the Orvis stripping backst as well. I really like it. I was reluctant to get one for awhile, but once I got one it solved all my problems.
I have seen people use shopping baskets as well. I think they would work,
but you have to "make it."
Thanks for the input guys...as you can tell I'm pretty new at fishing saltwater.....I went down to the narrows today to practice casting my new 6 wt. and noticed line management was a serious issue. A stripping basket should allow me to get some longer casts. Has anyone used the LLBean stripping basket? Looks like a pretty good deal for $20
When I was beach fishing I tried it a few days with and a few days without a basket (home made kind). I had a few more problems with the line coiling or getting tangled on itself with the basket, but when everything was working smoothly, it really helped get some distance on the cast.
A few other areas I noticed helping in were when there is a lot of seaweed to deal with. Sometimes the stuff with drift down to you and you wouldn't see it coming until your line was coated in it. I ended up breaking the tip of my rod trying to shake some of that sea weed off. The other time I was wishing for the basket is when I was walking on rocky beaches with lots of barnacles. That stuff will eat your line in no time...
I'm one of those "cheapskates" I found a local grocery store shopping basket and put a pattern of zip ties poking up from the bottom of the basket...works like a charm even use it when I'm fishing the rivers. It's amazing how much distance you can get from using one, plus mine doubles as a "work bench"
You can make a really good one easily for less than $5.
The first one I made was a little too small, so I made one a little bigger, out of a $4 rubbermaid container with inner dimensions of 14" X 9.5" X 6" deep. This is the smallest size I have found that works without the coils of line spilling over the sides...most stipping baskets i've seen are bigger. Cut a couple of small holes in the near-to-body corners to attach your bungee or strap to (I scavenged a strap off an old life preserver that had a snap-clip buckle on it...coincidentally it was just the right size for me). It took me about 10 minutes from start to finish to make once I had purchased the container.
My container came with a snap-on lid, which makes it a useful container for your gear when not being used as a stripping basket.
Depends on where you fish...I have found what chadk said in his post about barnacles eating your line and salad hanging up on your drifting line to be true. The salad hanging on your drifting coils of line will wreck your cast.
I have found that it makes a difference what line you're using and where you're fishing. A sinking or intermediate line will definitely find more debris in the water, to say nothing of being affected by the current and a basket makes all the difference in the world in managing your line. Floating lines are not nearly as much of a problem in the winter, but in the summer with all the floating seaweed the basket will definitely be a help. Of course, ina boat, a basket isn't as necessary. But it would probably help to reduce the number of times you get to do the "standing on my line hop."
Debris in the water. Sometimes a pretty fast current running. If you are using floating line, stripping it in to the water, it will find debris to grab and willl float away from you with the tide. Tough to cast and shoot line under those conditions,
If you're using sinking line, the line will collect around your feet, grabbing rocks and or debris floating by, and still will move away from you with the tide, though not as readily as the floating line.
If you fish beaches, like to or want to bust big casts, like to control your line, and prefer fishing instead of cussing, then you absolutlely need a stripping basket.
I own a couple of the collapsible (which I only take, occasionally, on trips because they pack well, but I have since started taking the hard basket), and as ibn said, don't buy 'em. The LLBean is the best deal out there, hands down. Bean let Orvis come up with the design, and then copied it, selling it for less than 1/2 of the Orvis version.
Should you have a stripping basket? Fish once or twice with one, fish once or twice without one, and after that you will never leave home without it. :thumb:
I use a stripping basket often. I made my own with a little crate/basket type thing and a bungy chord. Thing is, it loos professional. I've have more people than I can count ask me where I bought it. They ask me if it's from Cabela's, Orvis, the fly shop in town and so on. And I'm like, "Are you serious?" Uh yeah, I got it at Wal Mart for about $5. Do a search, I think I've got a picture of it posted on here somewhere.
Most definately a must have, I made mine out of a rubbermaid tub with straps from some old waders with the easy clip kind of fasteners, fast on and off. I know someone with the LLBean basket and I've been thinking about getting one of those, I really like the built in molded rod holder that they have. I've forgotten mine a couple of times and boy there is a big difference between have and havenot, with a sinking line you are always having to make way too many false casts to get all of your line out of the water (unless you are really good at holding it while you retrieve) and with a floater it always seems to be drifting away and getting caught up with all kinds of junk.