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Old 01-21-2013, 10:05 PM
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Default BEST/WORST Hookups...

Okay okay. Just about everyone on here is 'hooked' on fly fishing and will most likely get 'hooked' really bad a some point. I entered that club today.

What I learned:


1. Always smash the barb down. Saves time and money (literally!)
2. When your fly is wrapped around a tree branch, just cut it or pull it out, don't try and BREAK THE BRANCH IN HALF while the hook is in your hand!

A woolly bugger deep in the thumb.
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But it was worth it!
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So show us your best shot of your worst "hookups"....
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:23 PM
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Alrighty, I have already told the story on here, but I never posted the photo.

I was tying Clousers one day, and I had just finished one. When I tie them, I end with the barb up in the vice. I turned to grab something to the side of my fly tying table. In my usual graceful manner I snagged myself in the forearm with my freshly finished Clouser. I figured as long as it was in the vice I would just yank myself back off the hook. Instead I picked up my whole table. I guess I am built of tougher stuff than fish or I'm sure I'd never loose one. Well after that idea failed, I tried to do the mono trick, but I had forgot a couple of important details in doing it, like a second person really helps. So I resorted to pushing it the rest of the way through. I then crushed the barb down. Now ask me how well I think that works. I sure would not risk a Warden running it over a piece of wool. It still didn't want to come out. I finally gave up and cut the barb off. A brand new fly, shot.

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Never mind, misunderstood the topic and was about to forward names
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:01 AM
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I don't have a pic of it but it was the first time my girlfriend came fishing with me. Well there were little olives coming off and the fish were steadily rising so I got into position made a few casts and then thought I was hung on a branch, its always the same one at this pool. I just yanked without looking when she said AGGGGHHHHHHHH! I buried a little #20 in her scalp! Thankfully it was barbless and it popped out no problem but it took some doing to untangle it from her really fine hair! To this day she's my best catch, but the worst hook up!
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Generally, when there is a hook sticking into my flesh, I am too pre-occupied with other issues to worry about taking photos .
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Default Re: BEST/WORST Hookups...

Mine was while surfcasting one night. I was out on a rock, by myself when I caught a striper Got it on a plug with 2 6/0 trebles and when I grabbed the fish I was hit by a wave. The treble that was in the fishes mouth went in to my hand and the tail treble went in to my leg through my wetsuit. It was an interesting swim yo shore to say the least.
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I've been lucky so far and have never really impaled myself with anything bigger than a size #12 nymph hook... though I've had plenty of welts from catching heavy clousers in the back
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Surf candies feel like you've been shot with a sling shot or bb gun when the wind catches them and sends them in to your side lol.
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Mine was while surfcasting one night. I was out on a rock, by myself when I caught a striper Got it on a plug with 2 6/0 trebles and when I grabbed the fish I was hit by a wave. The treble that was in the fishes mouth went in to my hand and the tail treble went in to my leg through my wetsuit. It was an interesting swim yo shore to say the least.
I can only imagine the pain and humiliation involved...talk about a one armed dog paddle.
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Default Re: BEST/WORST Hookups...

One windy night on the beach I caught a 2/0 deceiver right in the corner of my mouth on a back cast.
While it did hurt, the hook gape fit perfectly around my lip and it barely broke the skin
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