Re: Fishing Clearwater area in late August
Allthough I own a stripping basket I never used one in Florida.
I used my stripping basket only when fishing in the Baltic sea in Denmark
and I did also fishing Rhode Island because the presence of a lot of rocks and seaweed that will entangle your flyline.
As I tend to fish in Florida all day long and mostly on the beach there is not much to get tangled in, its all sand where I fish.
Furthermore the snook I target patrol very very close to the beach so long casts are not neccesary.
The downside is that if you fish on a stone jetty you will get tangled at times
which can be a real pain in the ....
Then again I take that for granted as I fish the beach mostly and do not want to drag that dishwashing pan with me in the tropical heat all day.
Have not seen any of the locals ever with a stripping basket.