Creel for Fly Fishing
For stream fishing a creel is necessary; also, when fishing from a canoe, or a boat not provided with a nine pound basket is adequate for the average run of trout fishing. Wicker creels are the best and these may be had in several styles. A leather-bound creel is one of the newest productions and one calculated to last a long time. A basket stained green or brown looks well — not that that matters much — and will last longer than a plain one. Be sure, at any rate, to get a creel with leather cover-hinges and "patent fastener." With the ordinary wicker hinges the cover will work loose in a short time; and if the creel has the ordinary wicker staple instead of a leather and metal lock you must use a whittled plug which is continually falling out and, if not tied to the basket, getting lost. Have the opening in the basket-cover at the end rather than in the middle. When fishing, line the bottom of the creel with washed-out moss or ferns. This keeps the creel cleaner and preserves the trout. A nine-pound creel costs $1.25.
Canvas creels are made in different styles and for regular use are not to be recommended. They keep the trout in mussy shape and are otherwise undesirable. They are, however, for occasional use, very handy, since they fold up and may be slipped into the pocket of the hunting coat where they can be carried easily and with little inconvenience. $1.00.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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