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Fly Fish Much? What to do if you “Get Hooked Up”

Fly Fish Much? What to do if you “Get Hooked Up”

If you spend much time around sharp objects, sooner or later, you’re bound to experience a mishap. And it probably won’t surprise you that a sharp hook attached to a nearly invisible tippet is just as well suited for catching fingers as it is fish. While the temptation may be to just yank it out, there’s a better way!

Start by making a loop out of 2x or 3x that you can use to firmly pull, then slip it around the fly so you have a loop down where the bend of the hook is. Press the eye of the hook against the skin to move the hook in a way that disengages the barb inside the finger.  Keeping pressure on the eye of the hook to make sure the barb stays disengaged, give the 2x loop a firm, quick pull, and out it comes.

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