We landed a big one here at Finewater. We convinced Rob Prytula to join the Finewater staff and become a contributer to the blog. You’ve seen Rob before here and here , and he brings with him a pretty impressive resume - SE FFF Flytying Chair, erstwhile guide, frequent presenter at fly fishing shows around the country, former president of the area TU chapter, etc. Heck, he even appears from time to time on a local radio show to provide area fishing tips and reports. Folks calling in to that show know him as “Dr. Trout”. You may be wondering why Rob would be willing to risk his sterling reputation as a noted fly fishing expert by associating with the derelicts here at Finewater. We wondered the same thing but like to think that it was his interest in contributing to this award-winning blog (Best Blog Named Finewater in 2009 and 2010, runner-up in 2008) rather than our threats to release the photos from that “business trip” to Vegas.
Anyway, Rob’s presence represents a dramatic change in direction for Finewater in that he actually knows what he’s talking about. You’re probably going to find the info in his posts useful, as opposed to the usual nonsense we throw out there. His below piece on making your own stripping basket is a good example. Really good stuff. By the way, if you’re not using a stripping basket you are missing out. Talk about making your life easier.
A Simple Stripping Basket
Next, I took an ice pick and punched four holes in the bottom for any water to drain out.
Finally, I took some door stops that have adhesive backing and put them in the bottom of the basket to break up the flat bottom to avoid coils and knots in the flyline.
Here is the finished product.
If you find yourself needing a stripping basket, give this idea a try. It works well, is lightweight and inexpensive.