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I’m Hooked! Easy, (painless?) hook removal.

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First, a disclaimer. Try this stuff at your own risk.

I’ve never hooked myself good enough to need any method other than the “pull if out” method of hook removal. However, I have seen articles in fly fishing magazines that describe the “string” method of hook removal. I never really understood how to do it and, frankly, doubted whether it could actually work. Gary sent me a very cool video of a guy who hooked himself good (in the nose with a large streamer hook) and was assisted by a friend who successfully used the “string” method.

The video is below and I’ve also included a description of the method as well. Amazingly, it works.

The Simple Survival Website describes the method as follows:

When using the string yank or pull method I believe you will find much less pain for the injured party. Also, this technique keeps the wound size down and decreases the risk for additional infection when compare to push through and cut method. It is a good procedure to use when you may not have a pair of wire cutters along as well. Once again, as in call cases where you are removing a hook, clean the wound and your hands well with soap and water prior to starting.

Remove Fishhook with Fishing Line

Tie a long length of fishing line or strong string to the bend in the hook. At the other end of the line, I usually tie it to a small piece of green wood or a pocket knife handle (closed) to give me additional leverage (handle) when I pull the line.

• Push the hook shank down parallel to the injured tissue to disengage the barb on the hook (on the inside).

• While the hook shank is down, give the line a hard and sharp jerk in the direction the hook entered the tissue. The hook will usually come right out of the entry hole with very little pain.

• Clean the injury well with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment if you have it available, just like the push through method.

• Use a band-aide to protect the wound from foreign matter and remember to the injury should be kept dry and clean.