Hooked past the barb?

I have been pretty fortunate in my fishing past that I’ve only had a hook in my skin past the barb once. The fly was a small one and it wasn’t very deep. I was walking on the bank of a stream with a fly between my two fingers when I kicked a root and the fly slipped into one of my fingers. All I really had to do to take it out was yank really hard. Now I’ve heard of the mono trick when it comes to pulling a hook out, even seen it done on video, but I’ve never seen anything like what Louis and Kent posted up over at Gink & Gasoline. Check it out for yourselves:

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Louis is a damn good photographer, and apparently a mad man too. I question the sanitary value of PBR, but if it’s all you got, why not? Aside from all that, the video is a good one in detailing the steps you will need to take to unhook yourself when you’re out fishing. Louis, a tip of the hat to you sir. Keep up the good work at G&G.

1 comment
  1. “Don’t try this at home, kids!”

    In fact, EMTs, paramedics, and ER physicians recommend that you don’t try this anywhere. The potential for additional tissue damage is too great. Instead, they recommend we use a pair of forceps. Place a finger from your opposing hand in front of the entry wound…about where the hook point is. Gripping the hook just above where it enters the skin, twist the forceps by turning your wrist slightly so that the hook point rotates downward opposite the direction of the barb at the same time you quickly pull the hook backwards. Think of how small the barb is regarding the twist. It doesn’t take much to clear a track for the barb as you back the hook out. Rinse with clean water, treat with antiseptic cream, and head for the ER or to your doctor to get checked out if you see any signs of abnormality within 24 hours.

    If the hook is in the eye, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE! Try to immobilize the eye and hook and get to the nearest ER immediately. If the hook is in the tongue or lip, do not attempt to remove (hey, it can happen).

    Wearing a hat with full brim and glasses while casting, fishing, guiding, and coaching will prevent 99% of accidental hookings to the head, which are the dangerous ones.

    This reply is courtesy of the Adaptive Fly Fishing Institute, Inc. Corpus Christi, Texas. You can see a how-to video of this technique performed by an ER doctor on the AFFI, Inc. YouTube channel.


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