|My over-sized pond trout, and hook is still in hand|
|Dropper rig fly hook in my thumb - OUCH.|
|Fighting a Rainbow Trout with 'shoulders'|
|First attempt to handle the BIG rainbow started off well|
In a remote location, the only thing to do was to try and remove the hook using forceps for the quickest possible fix. Luckily, the hook was small and the barb had not come thru the skin. Using forceps, I grabbed the hook shank and pushed downwards and backwards, and found out that this technique makes human skin stretch up forming what looks like a tent of skin. I stopped that attempt, took another breath, wiped away some of the blood. I took another grip on the shank and tried the same procedure and this time the hook backed out of my hand, presumably through a hole that I had just stretched just enough to release the hook. While the hurt finger did finish my fishing plans for the day, I was grateful for the fish fight, and for another rich experience, full of emotions, along my outdoors trail.
To view a past blog entry about the N.C. Fly Fishing click Jackson County or Hazel Creek or Rivercourse.