A comical time on the river last night. Trout were rising all around to small Caddis and I was having a great time. Got in a bit of a rush releasing a trout and just switched the rod to my left hand, lifted his head out of the water and slid my right hand down the line to release. Well, as soon as my hand touched the fly it popped out of his mouth and into my thumb. I ended up with a #16 hook buried up to the hook bend in my thumb between the knuckle and palm. Suffice it to say I have made smoother releases.
So, here I am standing in water up to my crotch, cigar in my mouth rod tucked under my arm, 20' of fly line trailing down the current trying to figure out how to get the hook out in a hurry because fish are still rising all around me.
1. My first thought was to push it through and cut off the barb, no go, it went in pretty much perpendicular to the skin and not enough hook left to reach the surface.
2. Next, right handed me trying to get a left handed grip on the hook bend with hemos and just yank; barb be damned. Well, the hemos were too wide to fit inside the hook bend and just kept slipping off.
3. Finally remembered the YouTube videos. Cut a piece of 3X tied a knot to make a loop, put it around the bend pushed down on the eye and it just popped out, simple as that. 15 minutes of prime fishing wasted waiting for my memory to catch up.
I had my doubts when I watched the videos but I couldn't believe how well it actually worked. I must have been quite a sight. Tonight I think I will smash down some barbs