For me it doesn't--unless I have a big one. Then I get out the measuring tape.
Well, I had a big one Sunday night. I didn't bother to measure it then, but I've been looking at the pictures, and got curious.
I went out to the float tube in the truck and measured that upper edge of the stripping basket that runs along the length of that big boy flopped across my lap.
It runs 24 inches from clip to clip.