Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to use a stripping basket to help you make longer casts and control your fly line. I do a lot of striped-bass fishing, and the basket makes a huge difference in my casting performance. It’s tough to make good casts when you’re fighting the water’s tug on your line or, even worse, the line is caught on rocks or seaweed. These aren’t problems when the line is coiled neatly in a basket.
However, there are a couple things to keep in mind when you’re using a stripping basket. How you hold your rod, how your strip in line, and how you wear the basket on your wait or hip all make a difference. In this video, i explain the best ways to wear the basket to ensure your line goes in, and comes out, right. Good luck!