Pinkfest with a switch?

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Nol, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. 206FLYFISHER

    206FLYFISHER Member

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    Yes 2ft and under because while your line is sinking you dont want your fly floating 6-9 feet above it right? the whole point is to get down. I have an orvis basket best imo.

    I've seen guys single hand it and do great, and I've seen guys with full on spey rods get effortless distance. It is all about preference.
     
  2. John Weston

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    I can't see spending a ton of money on a store bought basket when you can make a custom one for your needs for pennys. I have always made my own baskets and have never had problems but if ya got the money and don't care then go for it, there is some real nice one's out there but a basket is a basket if you set it up right. just my thoughts so don't get in a uproar. tight lines
    Outlaw
     
  3. Brooks Werner

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    I'll second home made baskets, they go great with my non-Sage equipment too. Ikea children's stool turned upside down and cut a couple slots for a belt and you're set! I even further customized mine with two cutouts so I can rest my rod across the basket to change flies. Maybe cost $10 with a belt.
     
  4. golfman44

    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60248418/

    this guy?
     
  5. Brooks Werner

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    That's it! It's curved on the inside so it actually fits the curve of your leg or waist very well. Tried rectangular baskets and this is 100 times better. Plus it's made of a tougher plastic that isn't brittle.
     
  6. Evan Burck

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    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    What did you use for spikes within the basket? Or is that unnecessary.
     
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    golfman44 4-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    That's what I was looking at too.
     
  9. Brooks Werner

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    Dang I wish I would have known about that Princess one, that's badass!

    I used some zip ties through the bottom and hot-glued some plastic tubing similar to that used to run water to an ice maker in a freezer. Worked great, but after sitting for a year the hot glue started to separate and now my line gets caught under it. I'm going to take the posts off and see how it works. I also drilled a couple small holes in the bottom to drain water out.

    Stripping basket.jpg
     
  10. Evan Burck

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    Since it's pink salmon we're talking about here, the pink stripping basket is the only logical choice.
     
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    If you've got a hard on to practice your spey casts, then by all means do so. At the end of the day we're all out to have fun, so do whatever makes it the mostest funerer. At the end of the day these fish want a stripped fly that imparts jig action. Guys catch them on the swing and the dead drift, but not nearly as much as on the strip/jig action. I just don't find the spey to be conducive to stripping line in all day, I don't fish switch rods really, so there's the logic behind my choices.
     
  12. Jason Rolfe

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    Regarding stripping baskets, I would guess that the biggest advantage to buying one is the nicely formed cones in the bottom.

    I have an old grocery basket that I put zipties in. It works alright, but I still get tangles. I think part of that has to do with this POS rio versitip that I'm using--it is really not a good line for fishing the salt, I've come to realize. I've stretched the damn thing, on the beach, at least 3 times in the last few weeks and it still kinks and twists and tangles up like you wouldn't believe.

    I like the look of that linekurv thing. I think I'll get one soon, along with a new line, and hopefully increase my percentage of casts that I get off without tangles into the guides.

    Jason
     
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    Well just got back from IKEA. Unfortunately they were all sold out of the pink ones. Damn. I was hoping to just swim around in the sound wearing that thing and having the pink salmon attack me for it. Easy catching.

    I did however find the white one with green tones on it. There were only two left so I'm glad I went today. Time to finish this bad boy. I'll post pics when done.

    Again I'd like to apologize for completely hijacking this thread. My bad :(

    I've been out to the sound a few times now with those pink clousers and I quickly realized how nice a stripping basket will be so I want to get one built ASAP before its prime time.
     
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    If you ever get tired of trying to pimp your out own basket, just go buy the Linekurv or Orvis basket and be done with it.
    Many of us have been there and done that........
     
  15. Jason Rolfe

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    SF--can you comment on how well the cones in those baskets work versus say, zip ties in a homemade basket?

    Or can anyone else who has used both?

    I know that Jim or Roger or one of those other salty guys made a basket with corn cob holders as the cones, and that seemed like a good idea. Thought after the work, time, and money involved in putting that together, seems like the linekurv is just as economical.

    J