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How to make stripping basket DIY easy for Fly fishing Shooting Economic and Light

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Published on May 27, 2018

Hello everybody, today I’m going to present you my “Stripping Basket DIY”. As you probably know, the use of the stripping basket is very important in flyfishing, especially when you could not leave your line on the ground or in water safely. For example you have to be very carefull when fishing on a boat, because it is full of roughness and your line could get caught. Also to be carefull when fishing near the sea or lake shore, where the waves could wrap the line or get it caught on some rocks. If you are using a stripping basket, your line will remain safe from sand or other debris.
Stripping basket allows your line to freely slide between the guide rings, making excellent shooting. It must be light, easy to use, comfortable to put on and take off, movable in the best position thanks to an adjustable belt; It also must have perfect measurements to be used correctly and to be easily trasported in our next fly fishing trip around the world.
This is the classic stripping basket that I used until a few weeks ago. I must say that it is an excellent stripping basket although it is a plastic block and it tends to fill with water when a big wave arrives, so I tried to drill it. Actually the water comes out but not as quick as it’s required while you’re deep wading or when the sea is rough!
So I decided to call my friend Marco Puggioli (who has a good dexterity) asking him to make one where any water could come out faster and be lighter to use.
And now here’s Marco, enjoy the video!!
Hi guys, I’d like to show you my self made stripping basket to use while fishing in tropical flats, easy to carry, to pack and to be loaded on the plane.
This is the final result, but this is the product that I bought at a Chinese discount (5.90 euros, so a very very cheap item), and in a short time I can make it like this here!
Here’s what we need: a pair of electrician's scissors, a cutter and some normal sandpaper. First thing to do is cut the first third (the upper part) ‘cause otherwise it would be too big and too cumbersome. This operation require a few minutes.
Here we have removed the first top layer that we don’t need; now we have to eliminate this part all jagged, because it could damage our hands and especially our fly line. With a cutter we start to trim one tooth to another, then once the teeth have been eliminated, we have to remove the remains with sandpaper. Since this plastic it is a very soft material, with a few passes will become a nice round edge that will not damage our line.

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