Main photo: The fly line silhouette and coral rocks adds to the texture. Completed with a Lamson Speedster and #10 Ross Flystik.
Ever since the first time I laid eyes on the Orvis stripping basket, I have felt they looked terribly boring. Unsightly even.
Before I took up fly fishing, a basket belongs either in front of a shopping cart or a bicycle. Yes, they look silly hanging from a person’s hip. But they serve a function and in some conditions, they are a necessity. So we learn to live with the embarrassment!
I toyed with different ideas but eventually decided to re-draw the image of a bonefish on it as what I had recently sketched for a t-shirt design for Nick’s shop, Tacklebox Adventures.
Turned out pretty well. The sharpie marker pretty much stayed-on after one whole week of trashing. I have received requests to do drawings on other stripping baskets from friends and so on.
It is not finished yet as I plan to add more drawings on it. Though I have not really decided what is to be added. More underwater environment? Other fish species? Permit, Tarpon, Trevally? Any suggestions?