Rambling Review – Linekurv Stripping Basket

Rambling Review – Linekurv Stripping Basket

The Linekurv Stripping Basket
The Linekurv Stripping Basket

Why:

This year, I had the opportunity to do a bit of pike fishing along with a trip to Pyramid Lake. Several people I talked to recommended a stripping basket for both occasions and it was not until I went that I really understood why. Stripping baskets help to keep line from tangling while hand stripping fly line. I found out that a quality stripping basket is worth it’s weight in gold. Here are my thoughts on the Linekurv Stripping Basket. The Linekurv baskets are made in Denmark where “linekurv” means stripping basket.

Linekurv Stripping Basket
Linekurv Stripping Basket

First impressions:

Solid – The Linekurv stripping basket is built rock solid. There is nothing fragile about the basket or the heavy duty nylon belt.

The fit and feel – Right out of the box, I tried the Linekurv basket on, and with a simple cinch of the belt it snugged right around my waist. There is a slight curve on the backside of the basket which allows it to hug your body. Some of the homemade stripping baskets I’ve seen are almost too boxy and look uncomfortable. Not so with the Linekurv

Linekurv Stripping Basket
Pike Fishing with Linekurv Stripping Basket

Field Use:

Although I needed a stripping basket for Pyramid Lake, I had the opportunity to try out the Linekurv stripping basket on a bit of pike fishing in Northern Arizona. I debated on even taking a basket along, but I at least wanted to practice with it before getting on the water at Pyramid Lake. When I showed up at Upper Lake Mary, I was more than happy to have the basket along. Fly fishing for pike involves heaving big flies tied with rabbit strips and then stripping line as fast as you can to shore. The banks of the lake were muddy and nasty, but instead of line being piled up at my feet and getting stepped on, line was coiling neatly in the stripping basket. I truly learned the value of having a stripping basket for keeping your line clean.

Linekurv Stripping Basket
Fly Fishing for Pike

The main reason that I even looked into stripping baskets was for fly fishing Pyramid Lake. Pyramid is a windy lake in Nevada known for holding big Lahontan cutthroat.  One of the main ways to fly fish the lake is with a heavy sink tip shooting head and lots of running line. Large amounts of running line, piled up at your feet is a recipe for disaster.

The cones at the bottom of the basket keep the running line from tangling. So as you are casting the shooting head, the rest of the running line zips through the guides without knotting up and ruining the distance on your cast. The smooth design also cuts down on any line snags on the basket. I was using a 200 grain shooting head and with a bit of a tailwind, I was laying down casts farther then I have ever cast line before. I believe much of that comes from using a stripping basket.

Linekurv Stripping Basket
Linekurv Stripping Basket

The Linekurv also has two  notches cut into each side which hold your fly rod perfectly when you need your hands free. On Pyramid Lake, I had to fight the urge to start stripping my flies in before they had sunk to the bottom of the lake. What I liked to do was to cast out my heavy sinking line, lay my fly rod in the Linekurv, put my hands in my coat and count to 30.

As I mentioned in several posts on fly fishing Pyramid Lake, Landon, the Pyramid veteran of our group, stayed on the ladder longer than any of us. While I was taking a break, he asked to give the Linekurv a try. This was probably a mistake, because he almost did not want to give it back.

Linekurv Stripping Basket
Linekurv Stripping Basket on Pyramid Lake

The one thing that I went back and forth with on the Linekurv basket was the lack of holes for draining water. While pike fishing, it did not matter, as I usually was not more than knee deep in the water. At Pyramid, we waded out to chest deep before putting our ladders down and climbing up. Often times, when landing fish, we were wading in water up to our bellies and water filled up part of the Linekurv, making it awkward to move around and necessary to drain. After doing quite a bit of reading, I think that it is a matter of preference for the fishermen. Some guys like to have drainage for their baskets for a rogue wave, while others who do more deep water fishing prefer to have a basket that floats on the water. The jury is still out for me. It did not take much effort at all to give the basket a quick flip to drain water, but I think it would be cool to have two drain plugs that you could open and close depending on the situation you are fishing in.

Linekurv Stripping Basket
Linekurv Stripping Basket

Pros:

Lightweight

Durable material designed to be rugged in very cold and warm conditions

Nine cones in the bottom of the basket  to minimize line tangles

Comfortable

Built in rod holder

Sleek design that reduces protruding edges

Cons:

No drainage holes

Linekurv Stripping Basket
Linekurv Stripping Basket

Prognosis:  The Linekurv stripping basket is a top of the line choice if you are looking for a high quality, well designed stripping basket. The Linekurv is an excellent tool for adding some serious distance to your cast.

 

Disclaimer:

The reviews at Arizona Wanderings are my honest opinion. Arizona Wanderings is not sponsored by or associated with any of the stated companies and is accepting no compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review. The Linekurv stripping basket was provided for the purpose of this review. My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.

 

9 Responses to “Rambling Review – Linekurv Stripping Basket”

  1. stan

    Thanks for the review. I was looking for a replacement for my Mangrove stripping basket and came across these. You review adds to a list of favorable reviews. Also a good choice for Pyramid.

    Some Linecurv users told me that they drill out their baskets so they can drain. As you stated prefer the ir basket to be solid so they can become a PFD.

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    • azwanderings

      Thanks Stan. Glad the review was able to help you out. I’m still torn on drilling holes. I’ve thought about rigging some removable plugs for multiple situations.

      Ben

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  2. Landon

    It really is a great basket. I received my Linekurv from Denmark yesterday. Only took a week with economy shipping. At $58 shipped, it’s a bargain compared to the $85 Orvis basket and, in my opinion, it’s a better design too.

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    • azwanderings

      Great to hear Landon. I definitely think that the Linekurv is a bargain for such a high quality basket. I’m looking forward to Pyramid next year.

      Ben

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  3. Dan Wight

    Nice pics Guy!
    Your thoughts on the stripping basket are thought provoking for sure the holes in the basket are very easily done and I would suggest going to your local autoparts store for the plugs as they make several sizes to put in holes in firewalls RV supply houses will also have similar items. I have also seen selfbailing through hull drains that simply let water out and seal up with a ball valve when water rises to the level of the fitting. Lots of options available. I think getting the fittings first then drill the holes…. would be a safe idea. Great fish!!

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    • azwanderings

      Dan. Thank you so much for your insight. I really like the self bailing through drain idea. After doing a bit of research, I think I’m going to get two for the front end of the Linekurv. Thanks so much for the heads up.

      Ben

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    • Dan Wight

      The Marine supply folks may have the self bailer but they may be bigger than a guy wants to addapt… but there is more than one way to skin a cat…. and there is the internet…..yah, I love the big cuttroat! For me, Ben, living in the northwest and fishing the shores of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands I would drill the bottom thoroughly with enough holes to allow water to drain from the wet line and rain. To think of using it as a PFD personal floatation device? Not gonna fly. The beaches here we fish for searun cuts on are fairly protected so not many rollers but can drop in quickly trying to stand with a wash basin, full of water, half full or not is a tricky proposition. I know one fellow that has one made of waterproof fabric suspended from a stiff wire hoop mounted to the belt of a fanny pack he keeps some gear in. Some of the guys are pretty savy. They have come a long way since the start with plastic washpans with a belt attached.. when you get it all dialed in show us a picture. I’m due for a new one and a good idea is always nice.

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