Overall: 3.9 / 5 based on 18 reviews
12 of 18 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Stripping Basket -
By: Speyladdie from Quebec
I have this basket. It works ok but it would be nice to have a bigger one. Maybe 6-8" bigger in diameter all around.
The mother of baskets -
By: Cottus from Hessen, Germany
Top 500 Contributor
I have been using this basket for many years now - can't really remember when I bought it, maybe even in the mid-to-late 90s. It works very well for me except when I'm wading deep: Then it tends to swim up and get awash. Otherwise great: Keeps shooting line absolutely tangle-free, sand-free and will hold rod while I change flies or handle fish. Durably does double duty as a bucket for wet wading boots in the car's booth, safe storage for fragile items in my "Rolling Thunder" duffle; hand washing bucket, dog's water pail, to name just a few. The community of seatrout fishermen here in Germany are somewhat split in their opinion: Those who are always wading deep derise it as a means of compensating lesser casting skills, while others prefer shooting more line out of their baskets to getting wet under their armpits ;–)) It is half lovingly, half disdainfully dubbed "Eierpappe" (literally: cardboard egg pallet) here. I wouldn't want to be without mine, scratches and everything, but still strong after much use and abuse. I am appalled by the exorbitant price it has today.
Superb Basket -
By: DryFlyFisherman from Seattle, WA
I received this basket as a retirement gift from the office and went on a bone fishing trip to Hawaii the following week. The basket performed well beyond my expectations wade fishing. I used my 7 wt. and 10 wt. Orvis bonefish lines and never got a tangle. The basket is well designed and I highly recommend it. Drain holes, though not a must, would be a nice improvement.
Did not fit. -
By: 612fisherman from Wall, NJ
I am a beginner fly fisherman. I purchased this on the recommendation of other advanced fly fisherman. I wanted to help my learning curve. When I go to try on the basket, the belt doesn't fit. Not even close. I double-checked the website to see if it said anything about the size of the belt. There is nothing. So, I contacted Orvis support via live chat. I told them the problem and asked them if the could provide a different/larger belt. Their response was "that is the only belt provided." Nothing else. I had to purchase another belt that would fit, so I could use the basket. An $85.00 basket, just became a $110.00 basket.
Good Quality and Functional -
By: AB13 from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been using my Durable Stripping Basket in the Southern California surf. Having used several brands, this basket is the most functional and practical casting surf in the wind. Warning, however, that it does not have holes to allow for drainage and that gets problematical when hit by a high wave. Be sure to drill numerous holes in the basket's bottom
Works very well -
By: JulieT from Athens, GA, USA
Just finished using this basket in the winds of Patagonia on a raft drift boat. It allowed me to control my line so much better than I have without a basket and also kept my line clean. Others were wishing they had one. I did drill holes to drain the water, thanks to other reviews. Very pleased with the help it gave my casting by keeping me from line tangles, keeping my line off the water, off the floor of the raft, and from various encumbrances, not the least of which were my boots. Such a relief!
Great stripping basket -
By: Dagman from Sanibel Island, Florida.
I tried several other baskets before I moved to Orvis. I've been using this one for about four years and love it. The contoured side makes it comfortable, the size is nice and it easily adds 30 feet or more to your cast using only one false cast. The fly stays in the water more improving the odds of catching a snook in these Sanibel Island, Florida waters. This one was a gift for my wife.
Worst Stripping Basket...EVER! -
By: Croomer from San Diego, CA
The only good thing about this stripping basket is that it is so poorly engineered that after shelling out a substantial amount for it, it will only profoundly frustrate you by tangling your line to the point that you will make your own stripping basket for a fraction of the price that functions far better. This will keep you from ever having to deal with stripping baskets that cost almost a c-note and are only deep enough to fish a trout stream, like the Orvis. Three Jacksons more than it should cost is way too much for something that tangles your line as much as a 5-gallon bucket from the hardware store, yet won't even hold your line as well. Oh, and the cones on the bottom to keep your line from tangling might as well be steering wheels so you can "drive" your basket. They do just as little. Plus, Orvis probably won't even print this because it's critical of one of their products.
a little work -
By: Nicafly from Miami, FL
Good product but needs drain holes wich I had to make with a drill. Looks like its built to last. worked like a charm.