Posts Tagged ‘hook removal


Fishing: Hook Removal From Your Hide

Sooner or later, your ear, neck, fingers or someone elses skin is going to meet the point of a hook. Whether it meets a hook with the barb still in place will determine whether the removal process is simple or more painful may depend upon whether you took the time to use barbless hooks or crimp the barb down when tying the fly or crimping it streamside as you tie it on.

The simple process of removing the barb will hugely facilitate removing the hook from flesh or clothing (much more common spot for the hook to snag into).

These links are similar to many others out there that suggest how to remove a hook with barb from flesh…it might be easier to use barbless hooks to start with or crimp the barb down. (Removal) or (Removal)


Hook Removal: Deeply Hooked Study

“Collectively, the findings from this study demonstrate that cutting the line is a more effective release method than removing the hook when fish are deeply hooked. As such, angler education efforts should focus on disseminating this message to anglers as well as encouraging the use of gear and techniques that minimize incidences of deep hooking (e.g., circle hooks, non-organic bait).” (X)

Attention must always be given to how the fish is handled once at hand. Keep the hooks barbless. Use efficient pliers. Do not pull on the hook. It either backs out of the hooking spot. Do not pull! Consider cutting the line if things are getting clumsy. Cut the line close to the mouth. Trout Caught/Released.


Barb That Hook!

The preferred process of removing a hook is from a fish. A barbless hook is easiest to remove from the fish, your ear, your shirt, your hand, your kid’s lip. But, a review is in order for all of us that come upon the poor soul with the embedded, still barbed hook.

As I sit watching Kill Bill: Vol. 2 for the umpteenth time, I am mindful that planning, forethought and readiness are critical in surviving major and minor mishaps. Of course, sooner or later we get nailed in some manner. But, don’t let it be the hook in flesh mishap.

“This method is quick, simple and relatively painless, as long as you get it on the first try. The secret to a first time success is yanking the loop of line, which is wrapped around the embedded hook, rather hard so the hook comes out on the first try. The reason you should get it out on the first try is obvious, the patient might not stick around for a second try.” (more)

I have seen this fine arrangement twice in the last few years. Both times gear guys whipping that rod back and then forth with a quick cast, kid sitting in the back of the boat and standing on shore, impaling their child in the lower lips.


Barb Your Hooks!…If you don’t…in the field hook removal suggestions




Well, it is easy enough to pass judgement on these two pics. Why in this day of C & R wouldn’t an angler have his hook barbed and make the process easier? Well of the two pics above, one is barbed and one is not. Either way, even a small, residual barb will cause problems, if not entirely flattened. Also, where that hook lands is of import. Did it land in soft flesh, hard cartilage or fabric? In the worst case scenario, I have seen an unbarbed Babine Special driven deep into the bone behind the ear with such force that a hospital visit was called for after stream side efforts to remove the hook induced too much pain and shock. 

Flatten the barb, as it is much less difficult to remove the hook from clothing or ears. If you can, pay attention to the wind direction and what manner of casting stroke you are using with a two hander or one hander. And, if you drop your arm or a fishing companion nails you, consider the technique here to facilitate the hook’s removal.  Spend some attention to keeping the point of entry clean after the hook’s removal. If the hook is not removable and you are not in some truly remote region (like most of us, most often) then careful with the in the field heroics…damage, trauma, shock and infection are concerns…go to the hospital or clinic.

Truth me told: when tying, I am often lazy and do not barb all the hooks in advance of tying. ‘I’ll barb them as I remove them from the box.’ And, most often I do. But, sometimes I don’t or I don’t adequately squeeze the barb down. I don’t buy barbless hooks. Some psychological deal..I like that little bump where the barb is compressed downward but a residual nodule of steel remains. So, when I do forget to barb the hook, sometimes  there I am sitting with hook buried in the back of my raincoat or pile directly where I cannot reach it, which results in some contorted effort to twist, rearrange, pull, reach and attempt to remove the hook….all made easier if I would simply barb the hook either at the tying station or as I tie the hook on. Now, if this is too much effort or one cannot stand the thought of losing the big one you are going to kill, then of course leave that upswing of sharp steel right where it is…

How It Will Feel In Your Ear

How It Will Feel In Your Ear


Below @ “The Past” you can search back to 2008 month by month

September 2020

Please visit MUNCY DESIGNS (click)

Welcome to SwittersB & Exploring. Please Share, Comment & Like Away!

Please subscribe just below. Use the Search box to search topics.

Enter your email address to subscribe to the SwittersB blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 4,250 other followers

The Past

231!!! Countries Visiting SwittersB~Thank You!!!

free counters

Blog Stats: There are lies, damn lies and statistics

  • 4,845,500 Visits/Views (WP Original Stat~Pre Flag Counter Stats)

There’s No Accounting For Taste; Search the Blog for Much More. Thanks for Visiting!

%d bloggers like this: