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  1. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!

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    Simple Rubbermaid Dishpan; I drill a hole 3/8" diameter about 1 inch below and at the ends of each upper corner lip (This gives you a hole at each corner at the top face of the long sides.) I then heat up an old (3/8" shank diameter) Phillips Head screwdriver and then work the hot tool shank gently, briefly into the drilled holes, so as to create a melted lip of plastic around the edges of the pre drilled holes. This way the holes are less likely to ever tear. Then I use a 30" bungee cord with plastic coated hooks. Hook into one corner, bring around your back, hook into other corner, go fishing. The holes should be such that the plastic coated bungee hooks can slip in and out easily and quickly with no clips or retainers added. The basket should be a little loose and sloppy, tipped down and forward, not tight. Simple. Cheap. And very effective.

    Why I dont use line seperators, drain holes etc; With the drain holes in the bottom I cant work on a fly reel in the dish pan and not lose a screw or small part, dirt and water drip out into the car or truck or travel bag. It takes less than one second to tip the pan flip the incidental water out. If you get a big enough wash of water into your basket that you would be endangered by the sudden weight then no drain hole size will be adequate initially. All you have to do is grab the basket and pull it toward yourself and the water will drain out fast. Big deal. Likewise the bungee cord will stretch and protect you from a sudden pull on the basket should you fall into surf or current. If you dont drill holes in the basket you can use it to transport your wet waders and boots anywhere- car, plane , bagge etc with no mess. (Nice to have a garbage bag along on trips too.) And best of all; if you are fishing on the flats somewhere, and you have a sandwich and thermos along, you can put all of that down there in your nice dry basket and have a little picnic table with no salt water wash popping up into the little holes in the basket and ruining your lunch. If you wade on the shallower Striped Bass flats at night on the east coast this means a lot at 2 in the morning as you may be a long walk from shore. And I find it helpful here too all of the time, for all kinds of little things, like splicing a line or just fussing with your flybox on a windy day. The plain,unadulterated Rubbermaid Dishpan is a marvel of simplicity and utility. Those little line seperators have a way of tangling lines as often as not. Once you learn how to handle line properly the tangle thing is not an issue, and if you dont then no amount of gimmicks or gizmos are going to resolve the problem. It helps to gently stretch one's line at the beginning and sometimes during the fishing day a few times too. When you are all done you can use the dishpan for storage between seasons, or you might even use it to wash your camp dishes. I bought tweo Rubbermaid dishpans for $5 at a Kmart about 15 years ago. I was going to go looking for a bungee cord when I found one alongside the road when I was on my way to the beach that night. I still have the baskets and the bungee cord.
     
  2. Tom Bowden

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    I agree with Bob that drain holes aren't really necessary. I much prefer fixed, hard pegs over flexible cable ties.

    From a functional standpoint, the best basket I ever made was about 24" deep. I never had line spilling over the top, and there were far fewer line tangles. The disadvantages were inconvenience associated with the size, and my wife said I looked like a beggar when I was wearing it. So I went back to a dishpan. I've heard that deep buckets or trash cans make great stripping baskets for fishing from a boat.

    I wear the basket as high on my stomach as possible. When I wear the basket lower, I get more tangles and the line doesn't shoot as well. You wouldn't think a few inches would make that much difference, but for me it does.

    Tom
     
  3. Kerfwappie

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    Here are a couple of baskets I've built. The green ones are dollar store tote baskets and cost the least. I think I have maybe $4 into each. The basket's a buck... I'm not sure what I paid for the silicone baby bottle nipples, maybe $3. What I like about this model is it is very light, doesn't stick way out there like the dishpans do, and it drains fast. The only hang up is sometimes my fly line gets caught in the slot under the nipples. This could be resolved by making a washer to insert and help fill the slot in the nipple that holds it in the bottom of the basket. I just haven't taken the time yet to do this.

    The other basket is self explanatory. It also works great. I found this basket on the side of the road several years back and used it to carry tools in until I saw a picture of Bob Popovics using one as a stripping basket. Very good drainage and it pays out the line well, but it's out there.

    I use a wading belt but bungees work.

    Eric
     
  4. Ben Guss

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    Great info!
    Thanks for the help on this one!
     
  5. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Just get the one from LL Bean for $13
     
  6. Jordan Simpson

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