Stress-free Hook Removal

Stress-free Hook Removal

I was boat fishing at Rutland Water when I had a momentary lapse in concentration during a cast and ended up with a Tequila Sunrise Blob, smack on the centre of my nose (see below). This resulted in a trip to Accident and Emergency. If it happens again, what is the best method of removing the hook provided it isn’t in a ‘bad’ area?
Neil Jones

Hywel Morgan replies: I promise I am not laughing as this has happened to me and to a lot of fellow anglers. The first step is to take a piece of nylon of around 10lb breaking strain and loop it around the bend of the hook. Then push the eye of the fly down hard, grit your teeth and pull hard. It is better to get someone else to do this and ask them to do it quickly!

When you push the eye of the hook down this lifts the bend of the fly so that it pushes the back of the fly against your skin and away from the barb, opening a little hole and hopefully releasing the fly.

Reprinted with permission of Trout Fisherman magazine.