One thing that the fisherman must provide himself with is something in which to carry his catch. For fish of ordinary size, such as bass, trout, etc., that are taken when walking the shore or wading, and when the fish must be carried long distances, there is nothing so good as the willow creel, or basket. The various makes are so much alike that all that we need say regarding them is, get one large enough to hold a large fish without bending him. While some sportsmen are likely to look on the carrier of a large basket as a "fish hog," he need not be one simply because he has a large basket. It should hold the fish without crowding and should also hold the angler's lunch and some spare tackle. On the inside of the cover you can fasten a leather purse to hold your fly book, leader box, etc., and all through the large creel will be most satisfactory. There are also canvas creels but I do not know much about them.
The creel must be provided with a suitable shoulder strap. The part that goes over the shoulder may be webbing and the other parts of leather. It hangs on the left side when in use and the strap hangs over the left shoulder, allowing free use of the rod arm. The strap is held from slipping off by a narrow strap that passes around the chest, under the right arm.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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