Originally Posted by randyflycaster
Unless you're spey fishing, .....Randy
Originally Posted by fredaevans
Now that's an interesting comment. I don't think I've ever seen a person with a 2hander use a stripping basket. Any of the 'spey community' use one?
I am an oddball on this one and almost always do. But I don't swing flies most of the time either. The water is not fast enough to swing flies here so I strip just like you would a single hander. I'm putting casts out well over a hundred feet so if I didn't use a stripping Basket I would be surrounded by line by the time I got the fly in. I use a basket I made myself. It hangs low on my left hip. I do it kind of like the old west holster. I have the belt with two straps hanging down to the basket. Then the basket has a strap low on it that goes around my leg.
I also have to go with spikes. Or in my case loops of weed whacker line. First photo is of my basket I use with a two hander;
If I were on a bigger fast river where I was swinging flies for Steelhead I'd leave this home..... nope, in the car. Getting back to Fred's and Randy's comments. I have never seen a two hand guy using a stripping basket ever. So my curiousity is also peaked. Randy, are you using one also?
When I use a single hand rod I almost always use a stripping basket also, because this is big water here and this "30 to 40 foot casts are all you need" sentiment does not apply here. A basket really does help. You don't need to go out and buy a really spendy one either. I had one I made from a plastic basket I got at a dollar store. I made the loops from weed whacker line I picked up from the ground where the lawn guy tried whacking around the rocks and fence at the neighbors house. He lost a lot of line. I made the hanger for my belt out of an aluminum finger splint from when I accidentally ran my middle finger between the fly wheel and starter gear of my boat motor. Have a funny story about that one.
Anyway, I had a whole dollar invested in that basket. I lost the finger splint when I caught a big Pike one day ( was distracted and must have dropped it and stomped it into the mud
) so I ended up replacing it with some web strap and a Crocodile clip. You can see The finger splint in this photo;
If you are doing real long casts and there are snaggy weeds and whatnot, a basket is really needed.
I'm willing to bet that the vast majority of damaged lines are the result of stepping on them.