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Offline Todd Oishi

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Home-made Stripping Baskets...
« on: November 18, 2009, 10:29:16 AM »
I thought I’d share my inexpensive version of the Orvis stripping basket, which I constructed from various components that I hunted-down and found locally (in housing good stores). The whole thing took approximately five minutes to construct and cost around $10.00 including taxes ( I used my wading belt and a spare decal I had kicking around my tying bench ).

Todd’s home-made stripping basket instructions:



Materials:
Ikea non-slip child’s stool
8 Christmas tree clips ( Lordco part #15479 )
8 Dollar Store ink pens
Wading belt

Tools:
Drill
¼” drill bit
Utility knife or cut-off wheel

Directions and information:
I purchased a non-slip child’s stool (item #60101063) for $5.95 at Ikea Furniture Store in Coquitlam, British Columbia. http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/60101063



The stool has a perfect contour/shape, which allows it to fit snuggly and comfortably against your mid-section or slightly over the hip. As well, the outer edge is also contoured and rounded at the corners, which will not catch the fly line. The overall size is a wee bit smaller than Orvis’ stripping basket, which in my opinion makes this one a bit better for stream fishing, where shorter casts are generally more effective. It will easily hold the bulk of the retrieved fly line and the eight raised knobs (Dollar Store pen-caps attached to plastic clips) allow the fly line to drop into individual piles and reduces the chance of tangles (big advantage with thin diameter lines).

The Ikea stool has two large holes on each side, which will allow rapid water drainage in the event of submerging. I also drilled a series of ¼ inch holes along the perimeter of the bottom of the basket, to further drain any excess water.

Drill eight 1/4:” holes on the bottom of the basket ( 2 -3/4” apart ) to keep the stripping guides/knobs evenly spaced



Insert eight “Christmas tree” clips into the ¼” holes ( I purchased mine from Lordco Parts ): http://www.auveco.com/product/xmas.html 



Remove the pen-caps and cut off the long, thin portion of the cap, so the entire bottom surface of the cap is completely flush ( I used a utility knife/razor blade )

Trim the Christmas tree clip to approximately ¾ of an inch in length to allow the pen-cap to slide firmly over top of it and sitting flush with the bottom of the stripping basket

After a quick test fit, apply silicone or epoxy onto the sides of the Christmas tree clips ( to make a more permanent bond ) and slide on the pen-caps



Drill two sets of holes ( 1-3/4” apart, ) vertically along the backside or the basket, where the wading belt will eventually be placed



Cut and remove the plastic in between the two holes by using a sharp utility knife or cut-off wheel

Sand and remove any burrs so there are no edges that can catch the fly line

Apply the sticker of your choosing or any other fish-related artwork, and go out and catch a fish…



Cheers,
Todd
:)

By the way - just for reference - here's what Orvis' stripping basket looks like:



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Re: Home-made Stripping Baskets...
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2009, 10:37:52 AM »
Nice!  I think your version looks better than the Orvis one! 
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Re: Home-made Stripping Baskets...
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2009, 10:50:26 AM »
Great basket and nice detailed instructions!  I may have to make a trip up to Ikea soon... I have been missing those MeatBalls and LingonBerries to boot.

Do you ever find the need for an unported floating basket?  Also, were you the chap using the Styrofoam stripping thingy at the 2007 US nationals?

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Re: Home-made Stripping Baskets...
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2009, 10:51:00 AM »
You did a good job on that.  That's a great how to.
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Re: Home-made Stripping Baskets...
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2009, 11:36:26 AM »
Great basket and nice detailed instructions!  I may have to make a trip up to Ikea soon... I have been missing those MeatBalls and LingonBerries to boot.

LOL!!! I absolutely love that lingonberry sauce! The meatballs are pretty good, but not quite as good as the reindeer meatballs that they served us while we were in Sweden in 2005 (my daughter still hasn't quite forgiven me for eating Rudolph...)


Do you ever find the need for an unported floating basket?  Also, were you the chap using the Styrofoam stripping thingy at the 2007 US nationals?

That was us Crazy Canucks alright! I picked up the supplies in Fort Colins, and Donald assembled them for team members that fished both lake venues...

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Re: Home-made Stripping Baskets...
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2009, 11:40:20 AM »
Do you ever find the need for an unported floating basket? 

I like the ports (holes) as they allow water to drain instantaneously. This is not designed for surf fishing, but works well for bank-style sessions, where deep wading isn't normally required...

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Re: Home-made Stripping Baskets...
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2009, 03:28:06 PM »
LOL!!! I absolutely love that lingonberry sauce! The meatballs are pretty good, but not quite as good as the reindeer meatballs that they served us while we were in Sweden in 2005 (my daughter still hasn't quite forgiven me for eating Rudolph...)

That was us Crazy Canucks alright! I picked up the supplies in Fort Colins, and Donald assembled them for team members that fished both lake venues...

I usually get that full plate of meatballs and then STILL eat 2 all beef hotdogs on the way out!  They get me everytime!  I'm usually moaning holding my stomach driving back from Burlington as my wife is saying: "I told you not to go for that last dog!"  At least I put back some of the weight I lost walking through that grand canyon of a store :)

What was the design on that floating raft?  Was it something you'd repeat?

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Re: Home-made Stripping Baskets...
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2009, 07:09:26 PM »
Great minds do think alike, I suppose... ;D ;D ;D

 

 
 
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