Thank you for your insights. I started fly fishing SWFL last year. Wading flats and beaches. I do not have a basket and have been looking at buying or DIY. I usually just let the line fall on the water but notice current or debris being a nuisance, not the worst but sometimes annoying. On the beach the sand and shore break if any gets messy. I started to just loop the line in my stripping hand and that wasn't 1/2 bad. I never see anyone fly fishing where I am and try to visualize the space between the basket and my stripping. Do you wear down on your thighs or more the belly. Sometimes I'm belly deep.