LL Bean Stripping Baskets

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#1
As many of you know, the now discontinued LL Bean stripping baskets were a hell of a deal at $20.00. I was always going to buy one but never got around to it. Still kicking myself for not acting quicker. My rubbermaid basket works fine, but I always wished it was slightly larger and I like the built in cones.
I was doing some surfing tonight to see if I could find a used one. I couldn't find any on EBay, etc, but I did find these.

http://www.dblzp.com/basket.htm

I found these at shops in Norway, Spain, Sweden, Germany and Denmark. It was a interesting online shopping experience for sure.

Basically a knock off the the LL Bean basket except for the price, $78.00 in good old US greenbacks after figuring the exchange rate. :eek: Just a bit to steep on the price I'd say. That price makes the Orvis model look like a deal at $59.00. which it isn't.

The good thing is, I have heard rumor LL Bean is developing a new stripping basket due to the demand for their discontinued baskets.

Anyone have an old LL Bean basket they are interested in selling?
 
#2
I have one that I love, but have been considering the Mangrove Hip shooter I've heard such good things about. Check it out if you haven't. Cabelas (among many others) sells them. They are $50- so in between the old bean and the one you are looking at.

If I ever get around to buying one of the Mangrove ones, and I like it better than my Bean, then I may want to sell my old one..
 

greenbucket

Royalty of Renton
#3
After building my stripping basket out of a shopping basket and some flashlight safety cones, I realized that a basket that is a bit more shallow would allow the line to shoot with less chance of bunching/tangling when making the presentation cast. I've got some more baskets to work the bugs out with, but can't find those cones at a price point worth the effort (I got my first set for 63 cents each...). I did come across something else that might work, though. At Cash and Carry (a local restaraunt supply/wholesale store open to the public) I saw some industrial dishwasher racks that could be cut down to size for the bottom of a basket, or they might work well on their own.

Attached is a picture of my stripping basket and a picture of a dish rack similar to what I've found. Hope this helps save some bucks...

Peace,
Aaron
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#4
Eric,
I've looked at the Hip Shooter on the web but not in person. I think I know someone who has one that will let me test drive it.
If you do upgrade and decide to sell your Bean, let me know.

Aaron,
I did something similar with my basket. It works, just not quite as well as I'd like.

Brian
 
#5
I recently requested the Spring 2008 L.L. Bean Fishing catalog, and it has a "packable stripping basket" for $34.95. I have heard of the old model, but not seen or used one, so I don't know if this one is exactly the same, but it looks good. It says that it is 7 inches deep and folds into an included mesh-bottomed stuff sack. Even though I'm pretty happy with my homemade basket, I'd like to have this one....but it's at the bottom of my convince-my-wife-I-need-this-for-fly-fishing-list!!

Check llbean.com/fishing or 1-800-221-4221
 

Richard E

Active Member
#7
After building my stripping basket out of a shopping basket and some flashlight safety cones, I realized that a basket that is a bit more shallow would allow the line to shoot with less chance of bunching/tangling when making the presentation cast. I've got some more baskets to work the bugs out with, but can't find those cones at a price point worth the effort (I got my first set for 63 cents each...). I did come across something else that might work, though. At Cash and Carry (a local restaraunt supply/wholesale store open to the public) I saw some industrial dishwasher racks that could be cut down to size for the bottom of a basket, or they might work well on their own.

Attached is a picture of my stripping basket and a picture of a dish rack similar to what I've found. Hope this helps save some bucks...

Peace,
Aaron
Aaron, how did you make it out of the grocery store with that grocery basket? :)
 

Banzai

FFing and VWs...Bugs & Bugs
#11
Actually, yes they do. The cones will keep the coils of line from sliding under/over each other and causing tangles. Moreso if you happen to be wading deep enough to have the line in your basket floating.
 
#12
Another thing I've seen people use, instead of cones, is stiff zip-ties. They attach these to holes in the bottom of the basket so the tag sticks straight up and can be trimmed to length.

I've never used this option but it is supposed to work as well or better than cones which can be tricky to attach.

The deal with the LL Bean basket is (was) that it's entirely functional, contoured, snag free, etc.- for only $20. Its easily spend that much monkeying around with trying to make your own.
 

Richard E

Active Member
#13
The deal with the LL Bean basket is (was) that it's entirely functional, contoured, snag free, etc.- for only $20. Its easily spend that much monkeying around with trying to make your own.
iagree Amen. I have several of the Rubbermaid/homemade versions, and though they work pretty well, the commercial versions are more effective. The collapsable kind are somewhat better, but not a lot better, than no stripping basket if you're storing a lot of line in the basket. Just my opinion.

I have the Orvis version on my birthday gift list. Though some folks think them expensive, it's really just equivalent to the cost of a fly line, and will last a whole lot longer. Just part of the necessary equipment saltwater fishing package.
 

allenro

Active Member
#14
I used some zip ties for line tamers for my home made basket. They work OK. I had to cut them down after installing since they were too long and they left some sharp edges after cutting. I ran cut ends under a lighter to round them over.
 
#15
I fish out of boat and use a 2x3 ft. plastic storage container(boat stripping basket) placed on the floor of the boat. A 2x3 ft. piece of egg crate foam mattress is put into the bottom of the container. The egg crate foam pretty well eliminates line tangles. The egg crate foam can be bought at bedding stores or Jo Ann Fabric.

Roger