I'll chime in late. Not only is this the best stripping basket I've used, it makes a great holder for the butt end of your rod when you are tying on a new fly. Just put the butt into the basket and close the basket as if you were packing it away. Free's up both hands and arms, keeps the reel out of the water and sand.

I'm sold on this.

aka Cap'n Yid.

Stev Lenon, 91B20'68-'69
When the dawn came up like thunder