Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by scottr, Aug 7, 2013.
Best sixty bucks I've ever spent on anything fly fishing related.
I used to have minimal holes in mine...until I started fishing the Oregon coast. After several very close calls with smaller waves (you can go from ankle deep to chest deep really quickly), I put in enough holes for it to drain quickly. I've found, however, that even with the high number of holes, it'll still float up with rising water pretty well considering, not to mention that I'm rarely in that deep of water constantly because the levels are changing rapidly. Then again, out there (any beach with direct access to open ocean), the chances of water coming down on you quickly are greater than the relative protection of Puget Sound beaches...
It all depends on where you do the majority of your fishing...
hmmm, maybe it's time to make another basket...but without holes. We'll see how this weekend goes with mine.
What are the beneifits of having holes in a stripping basket just curious? I bought the orvis basket in 2000 and love it. The one I owned prior to that was made out mesh and it did not perform well at all.
The two most popular basket you can buy are the Orvis and Linekurv. Both are sold without holes.
I'm with mtskibum16 in that I don't like my basket filling up with water due to the holes if I need to wade deeper to fish a spot. It seems the water sloshing around tends to cause more tangles, at least in my case. You'll take a wave every now and then that will fill your bucket, but overall our beaches are pretty mild compared to fishing the surf.
I've used baskets with and without holes. For my own fishing, I've found a basket with no holes works best. I like to add just a tad of water to the basket to keep my line wet. I've found this to be the best combo for reducing tangles.
If you end up putting holes in the bottom of your basket and not liking them, you can always use Goop to plug them up. If the holes are on the side like on the Ikea stool, you can just cover those with a Hello Kitty sticker or something similar.
It's a well known fact that a Hello Kitty sticker placed directly over one's hole will bring strange looks from fellow fishermen, but plenty of good fish karma nonetheless.
I just got my Hello Kitty stickers
for my stripping basket. I'll post
a pic. Dave
I just made one
So do Hello Kitty stickers work like bananas, but the other way?
Thanks for posting the detailed build process.
Yep. I made two of my own and they worked decent but they didn't hold up. 2 cones, 4 cones, weed eater line, etc.. I was out on the water getting tangles and knots and I said to myself, I would pay a $100 for clean, tangle free line. I bought the Orvis basket and no more problems.
I just ordered the Linekurv last week. Should be here any day now. Can't wait.
You are really going to like the Linekurv. Money well spent. For $50.00 or so, in my opinion it is by far the best value going in regards to baskets you can purchase.
I'd own one if I didn't already own multiple LL Bean baskets.
I think this is the route I will go. I like the looks of the Linekurv.
It's a good move to just purchase a molded plastic stripping basket, you will never regret it. I regretted not buying one sooner. They easily add 15 feet to your cast fishing the beach.
I feel sorry for all the kids who won't be able to get a drink of water or wash their hands because their dads stole their Ikea step stools for salmon fishing.
Not sure where you are located, but The Avid Angler sells Linekurv baskets.