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Fly fishing on an egret

trponhuntertrponhunter Posts: 249 Deckhand
I have the original style hull (189) with the egret casting platform. As many of you know, it is not really good for fly fishing as the line gets caught on the hatch if you drop it into the cockpit. I was thinking of getting a stripping bucket to drop the line in and was wondering if anyone had any ideas or suggestions. Will a bucket fit on the platform with me? I have a mangrove hip shooter, but it's not a good setup as it sits too high to easily drop the line in. Thanks
*Previous - 2000 Egret 189 carbon w/ vmax 150 - twin rotating prop
*Previous - 2008 Egret 189 carbon w/ ETEC 150
*Previous 2010 Beavertail Vengence w/ETEC 90
*Current - 2015 Beavertail BTV w/ Suzuki 90

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  • Renagade69Renagade69 Posts: 1,234 Officer
    Hells Bay Estero Bay Boat and Hells Bay Marquesas
  • trponhuntertrponhunter Posts: 249 Deckhand
    Thanks for the idea, but thata the same thing I'm trying to avoid, which is they both require me to hold the rod higher than is comfortable for me. I want to be able to strip into something that is lower than my hand when it is resting at my side.
    *Previous - 2000 Egret 189 carbon w/ vmax 150 - twin rotating prop
    *Previous - 2008 Egret 189 carbon w/ ETEC 150
    *Previous 2010 Beavertail Vengence w/ETEC 90
    *Current - 2015 Beavertail BTV w/ Suzuki 90
  • silverdreamssilverdreams Posts: 235 Deckhand
    I took the plastic liner out of the garbage can in our house (it was black, somewhat oval shaped and the perfect height), 5200'ed a 10 pound plate weight to the interior floor of the garbage can, then sprayed a thin layer of that expandable foam stuff from Home Depot. I don't use it a ton, but it works great and when running the beach for tarpon, I can strip my line into the can and then put my rod in the can and run the beach with it.......because of the weight in the bottom of the garbage can, it won't tip over (unless you run hard or it's rough out).
  • rbtbryanrbtbryan Posts: 99 Deckhand
    Collapsible leaf container from Home Depot, with a bicycle inner tube filled with a few 6 oz weights in it, attached on the inner bottom of the container works great. It also collapses nicely to sto in the locker when not in use. Cheap, light weight, and very effective.
  • MonomanMonoman Posts: 977 Officer
    There are plenty of "alternative" stripping baskets. Look at all of the various laundry and trash bins as well as the collapsing leaf baskets. you will find something.
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  • trponhuntertrponhunter Posts: 249 Deckhand
    Sounds like the leaf basket is the ticket. I'll go to the depot this weekend and see what I can find. Thanks.
    *Previous - 2000 Egret 189 carbon w/ vmax 150 - twin rotating prop
    *Previous - 2008 Egret 189 carbon w/ ETEC 150
    *Previous 2010 Beavertail Vengence w/ETEC 90
    *Current - 2015 Beavertail BTV w/ Suzuki 90
  • MonomanMonoman Posts: 977 Officer
    Keep in mind what shape you are looking for. I use the leaf basket with a wet towel to weight it down. mbowers has a few and likes the laundry basket types (short and wide) with a wood bottom and some plastic pyramids attached to the wood bottom for line control. I have a small dish pan with the plastic pyramids that I wear around my waster for beach fishing.

    Oh yeah, I believe Ray Waldner has toe rails installed on his 16. Plenty of options.
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  • pupraiserpupraiser Posts: 10,261 AG
    I don't know the layout of that boat...but can you cover the hatch with a big towel or blanket?
  • trponhuntertrponhunter Posts: 249 Deckhand
    Wet towel is a good idea. If I cover the corner of the hatch, I should be good - if not- it's the leaf basket.
    *Previous - 2000 Egret 189 carbon w/ vmax 150 - twin rotating prop
    *Previous - 2008 Egret 189 carbon w/ ETEC 150
    *Previous 2010 Beavertail Vengence w/ETEC 90
    *Current - 2015 Beavertail BTV w/ Suzuki 90
  • mbowersmbowers Posts: 496 Deckhand
    A wet towel to cover the hatch gaps will help but a bucket with line control fingers in the bottom can't be beat. You can keep the line out for a quick cast, the line is under control no matter how bad the wind is, the line is under better control when a really fast fish like a mackerel takes the line and you can quickly pick up and move to the other end of the boat if you need to. My current favorite is a 23 gallon blue recyle bin (got mine from Sears for $11) which is rectangular. That shape seems to work better than round for stowing it somewhere. You can run a bungee cord with the hooks in the finger gaps on those front latches to keep it in place. The line controlling fingers that are the best IMHO are painter's pyramids. There's a new model out with tabs for screwing down or GOOP seems to do a reasonable job of holding them in place.

    http://www.amazon.com/Painters-Pyramid-Pack-New-Improved/dp/B0035YLSKE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=A19VW1BL9ZXZVA&s=hi&qid=1314661290&sr=1-1

    Without the fingers the line still can shift around in the bucket and get tangled more easily. The bucket won't prevent all tangles, but it reduces the frequency and severity of a tangle by a whole lot!

    Current favorite model:

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