Thursday, April 18, 2019

Gear Review: TFO Temple Fork Outfitters Linekurv Stripping Basket


Stripping baskets are an essential piece of gear for fly fishing the surf. When you're fighting wave after wave trying to get your flies into the strike zone line control is everything. It's fine to start off with a makeshift plastic tub but eventually you'll want to upgrade to something more substantial. The TFO Linekurv Stripping Basket was my first real stripping basket and has served me well during my time out on the California surf.





TFO Temple Fork Outfitters Linekurv Stripping Basket Review
Temple Fork Outfitters is a well-known brand that produces quality products. The TFO Linkurv Stripping Basket is well-made and lives up to the Temple Fork name. This stripping basket was made specifically for saltwater anglers wanting to challenge the powerful elements of the surf.


The Look
  • The Linekurv Stripping Basket is made up a thick green plastic that does not easily bend making it quite durable.

  • The belt loop is well-made and holds the basket tight in a nice upright position.

  • The rod holders located at the top of the basket are perfectly designed near the middle making it easier to balance your rod when traveling the beach.  



The Feel
  • This stripping basket is lightweight and easily supported with your lower back. I have gone many hours wearing this stripping basket and have had no fatigue or soreness.

In Practice
  • The TFO Linekurv Stripping Basket has several cone shaped points that are designed to keep your fly line from tangling and knotting. These work well as long as your fly line doesn't have too much memory.

  • The basket is about 16 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 5 1/2 inches tall giving you plenty of space to drop your line into the basket. 

  • This stripping basket does not have any self-bailing holes. Although not a huge complaint for me, many surf anglers like holes in their stripping baskets so that water leaves the basket while fishing. I rarely find my basket filling up with water and if I do it usually only takes a second to dump it. 




Summary

The TFO Linekurv Stripping Basket is similar to many other hard plastic stripping baskets in the market however it stands out in design, availability, and price. This stripping basket is durable, fits well, and easy to use. I've gone through quite a few different stripping baskets and have learned that if you need one get a good one. If you are looking for a great stripping basket to invest in the TFO Linekurv Stripping Basket is definitely the one you should pick up. 

Pros:
+ Premium quality
+ Durable
+ Wide, long, and deep making it easier to use
+ Cone design to keep line tangle and coil free
+ Good price

Cons:
- No self-bailing holes


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