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Thought I'd put this up since stripping baskets are a fairly common subject.
Ryan at The Avid Angler ordered in a Take basket from Latvia and his crew asked me to give it a spin. I'm far from a expert in reviewing products. I just fish the salt a lot with a stripping basket and they wanted to know my thoughts on it.
I have no affiliation with the Take Tackle.

I fished with the basket for about ten hours over two days. I fished wading in 1-2' wind waves primarily using a two handed strip and the basket in front of me. It didn't bounce around much more then a hard basket when hit by a wave.
It might be a different story in a heavy surf, but we don't have that type of surf in on Puget Sound.

I like to add just a bit of water to my basket when fishing, which caused it to droop just a bit in the front.

I'm also a gatherer when I'm on the beach. I use my hard basket while fishing to gather crabs, clams, berries etc. I'm not sure how this would handle much weight that due to the flexible nature of the material.

Size wise I think it could be just a bit bigger, but that might not be feasible with the flexbile nature of the material.
I do like the fact it as 11 cones, which helps reduce tangles. It is fairly light and lighter then my Bean basket, which I like.
The soft material is easier on your knuckles and hands than a hard basket should you rap them on the basket while striping.

The flexbile material would likely be a plus for traveling with a basket. I can see some possible advantages of this also for fishing out of a boat or kayak. This might make releasing a fish over the gunnel of a boat much easier then a hard basket.

The Take basket has a elastic waist belt. The belt held my net in place when stuffed down the back of my waders. I do think the belt could benefit from being a bit wider.
Combined with the flexible material, it formed well to your body when turned to the side and stayed on your hip well.
After using the elastic belt, I may replace the stiff belt on one of my current Bean baskets to see how that works.

I have three of the old LL Bean baskets, so I don't need another.
This is another option to consider amongst Orvis, Linekurv, Whalesback and the new LL Bean basket or a homemade basket.

Overall I liked it and it would work well for the type of fishing I like to do.

I believe Ryan has some on order for the shop, so give them a call if you are interested.
Here are some pictures of it next to the old Bean basket for size comparison.
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Here's the company website: https://www.taketackle.com/

The price is listed as €59 (euro) which currently equates to $62.44 USD.

I will admit that this basket would probably be a better option for traveling than the mesh-style basket I took to Oahu last month.

Although better than nothing, the heavy mono (think heavy weed-eater line on plastic inserts) "shooting spikes", because they had a tendency to fold or fall over, were more "line grabbers" than anything else. Also, in heavier surf, the water would shoot up from underneath (and actually from all over) and wash the line completely out of the shallow basket.

In retrospect, I should have simply thrown my LineKurv into the luggage and used it as sort of a packing tray.
 
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@Stonefish I can second taking the Take basket out. I really liked it and have since ordered one. It will be ideal for travel and packing as well as being light weight and durable. The softer material makes racking your knuckles better ;) and the elastic belt is nice because you can tighten it down easier than non-elastic belts while offering enough strength to hold a net. I will certainly be recommending this to other anglers, especially for the salt!
 

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@Stonefish I can second taking the Take basket out. I really liked it and have since ordered one. It will be ideal for travel and packing as well as being light weight and durable. The softer material makes racking your knuckles better ;) and the elastic belt is nice because you can tighten it down easier than non-elastic belts while offering enough strength to hold a net. I will certainly be recommending this to other anglers, especially for the salt!
I got one a while back and really like it.

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I'm going to look in to these for my kayak. I keep planning to get a mesh one that I can just sit down with. If this is flexible enough to comfortably sit with, it might be a better option. It does look a bit small for everyday use, but it could be the perfect travel option. Nice review.
 

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@mtskibum16 I would give a word of caution to a mesh option. I say this because I have used one before and the line tends to tangle significantly more because there are no "finger" cones to help separate the line. Just a thought!
 

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@mtskibum16 I would give a word of caution to a mesh option. I say this because I have used one before and the line tends to tangle significantly more because there are no "finger" cones to help separate the line. Just a thought!
Right, but you must not have tried to use no basket on a pedal kayak! :D There are varying degrees of tangle problems, and no basket is probably worse than a mesh basket. I have a Linekurv for wading.
 

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I actually spent a lot of time fishing out of a wide hull canoe back in the Midwest for a long time, and that mess is certainly worse than no basket at all, you've got that right, haha! :cool:
 

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I would give a word of caution to a mesh option. I say this because I have used one before and the line tends to tangle significantly more because there are no "finger" cones to help separate the line. Just a thought!
Yeah, I referenced this issue in an earlier post.

I took a mesh basket to Oahu back late December/early January. I'd never used one before but thought it would be easy to pack and a useful tool.

I also purchased the "shooter inserts" which are simply plastic plates with small fingers that hook and anchor into the mesh of the basket. They have loops of heavy monofilament perpendicular to the horizontal plates that are supposed to act as line separator cones (meaning they're supposed to be hoops that stand upright in order to spread the fly-line out and avoid tangles).

Maybe because they were squashed in the luggage, I found them to be pretty useless. Because they tended to flop over instead of standing upright (Jeez, sounds like my love life at my age! ;)), I found them to be more of a hindrance to line management than a benefit.

The Take basket seems to be a better option.
 

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Thought I'd put this up since stripping baskets are a fairly common subject.
Ryan at The Avid Angler ordered in a Take basket from Latvia and his crew asked me to give it a spin. I'm far from a expert in reviewing products. I just fish the salt a lot with a stripping basket and they wanted to know my thoughts on it.
I have no affiliation with the Take Tackle.

I fished with the basket for about ten hours over two days. I fished wading in 1-2' wind waves primarily using a two handed strip and the basket in front of me. It didn't bounce around much more then a hard basket when hit by a wave.
It might be a different story in a heavy surf, but we don't have that type of surf in on Puget Sound.

I like to add just a bit of water to my basket when fishing, which caused it to droop just a bit in the front.

I'm also a gatherer when I'm on the beach. I use my hard basket while fishing to gather crabs, clams, berries etc. I'm not sure how this would handle much weight that due to the flexible nature of the material.

Size wise I think it could be just a bit bigger, but that might not be feasible with the flexbile nature of the material.
I do like the fact it as 11 cones, which helps reduce tangles. It is fairly light and lighter then my Bean basket, which I like.
The soft material is easier on your knuckles and hands than a hard basket should you rap them on the basket while striping.

The flexbile material would likely be a plus for traveling with a basket. I can see some possible advantages of this also for fishing out of a boat or kayak. This might make releasing a fish over the gunnel of a boat much easier then a hard basket.

The Take basket has a elastic waist belt. The belt held my net in place when stuffed down the back of my waders. I do think the belt could benefit from being a bit wider.
Combined with the flexible material, it formed well to your body when turned to the side and stayed on your hip well.
After using the elastic belt, I may replace the stiff belt on one of my current Bean baskets to see how that works.

I have three of the old LL Bean baskets, so I don't need another.
This is another option to consider amongst Orvis, Linekurv, Whalesback and the new LL Bean basket or a homemade basket.

Overall I liked it and it would work well for the type of fishing I like to do.

I believe Ryan has some on order for the shop, so give them a call if you are interested.
Here are some pictures of it next to the old Bean basket for size comparison.
SF

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After reading the comments and doing some research on their website, I decided to pull the trigger on this. I travel a lot and think this could be a great option.
But then.... I tried multiple times to order on their website and each time my payment form came back with "missing information" alerts. I tried three different cards before determining their website is broken. I alerted them and we'll see what happens. Huge PITA and a waste of nearly half an hour. Hope Amazon can get these in stock!
 

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Jeff,
I believe Avid Angler has them in stock now.
Give them a call to confirm.
Might save you some frustration rather then trying to order one from Latvia and dealing with shipping etc.
SF
 

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Jeff,
I believe Avid Angler has them in stock now.
Give them a call to confirm.
Might save you some frustration rather then trying to order one from Latvia and dealing with shipping etc.
SF
Thanks for the tip Stonefish. As a follow up to the earlier post, I emailed Take and told them of my problem. I got a fairly quick reply indicating they still don't have the website set up for credit cards yet, (seems they could have indicated that) and suggested I use PayPal. So a thumbs up for their follow through. I do like the idea of fondling prior to purchase (rather than ordering from Europe) and will drop into Avid in the next few days.
 

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Hijack away.....
That is a very generous offer.
I'm sure you'll get a bite on this fairly soon.
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I will admit that this basket would probably be a better option for traveling than the mesh-style basket I took to Oahu last month.

In retrospect, I should have simply thrown my LineKurv into the luggage and used it as sort of a packing tray.
It's easy to take along the hard baskets. Just put it in first in to your luggage, and fill it up with socks, smaller flexible items, etc. I took mine with me to Oahu at Thanskgiving.

How was fishing in Oahu? Where did you stay?
 

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How was fishing in Oahu? Where did you stay?
Because it was more family time (our daughter and SIL live there) than fishing time, I only tossed a line twice. We stayed with the daughter/SIL in Hawaii Kai for a week and then, for a bit more privacy, moved to a small studio just off the beach in Kailua.

Saw a couple of small bones but they weren't interested in what I had!

You can find my trip report on this page: http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com...tips-oahu-north-shore-and-kauai.123209/page-5
 
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