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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Local doctors surgery used a scalpel to slit the ear lobe and I still have the scars to prove it. Sad


I'm not surprised! Are you sure it was the doctor and not the local butcher?

Best practice is to push the barb through the skin and snip the point and barb off. Then cut the shank at the tail of the dressing and simply pull the bend through . . . leaving a small hole that quickly heals. Slicing ear lobes! The man's an animal!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The above method works well for larger hooks where you have some 'wiggle room'.

A couple of years ago fishing the Monnow, using a duo set up, I released a nice fish which had taken the dry. What I didn't appreciate was that the tippet to the size 18 nymph was wrapped around its tail. As I slipped it back into the water it shot off and buried the nymph into the pad of my thumb.

In this circumstance there is no opportunity to wiggle the barb and point through the skin etc and the only thing to do, on the bank, is to loop some strong nylon through the bend, press down on the shank and straight pull the fly back out. Easier said than down when you're on your own but at least it enables you to keep fishing.

How many of us carry a little first aid kit I wonder. Those sold by Outdoor shops for hikers and backpackers are excellent.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I explained all that to the doctor when I had my little adventure. Didn't get through somehow because the first thing she did was to snip the fly off at the bend. To her surprise the rest of the metal disappeared into my back. Much prodding and poking with forceps followed & finally out with the scalpel & make a nice little slice into the flesh so as to grip the remains of the hook more firmly then a good heave and out she came. Sans local by the way. The worst bit about it was unpeeling me from the ceiling!

Would have made a half-decent plumber, that one.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I explained all that to the doctor when I had my little adventure. Didn't get through somehow
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My lovely Asian doctor was clearly unfamiliar with Jack Frosts and asked me to draw the bit that was in my back. When I did he announced that, "It looks like a fish hook! How do I get that out?!" Unlike your experience he happily followed instructions and, when the offending object was successfully removed, even thanked me for adding to his A&E skill set!

I don't think I've fished with a Jack Frost since. Shock
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Fortunatey I've not had that happen since I was a kid. I was worming on the local brook when a bloomin' great Dalmation dog came charging along the bank just as I was baiting up. Next thing I know I am running after the dog with a size 8 hook impaled in my finger and my line wrapped around the dog. It meant a trip to the Royal United Hospital in Bath where the Doc injected my finger to deaden it before pulling the hook on through and snipping off the barbed end with wire cutters.

These days I fish barbless most of the time and always when pike fly fishing. I certainly don't want to end up impaled on barbed 5/0 Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure I could handle this method - not for those with a nervous disposition. Smile


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did it once at Farmoor, tenet. Many years ago now. Got chatting to a couple of chaps who had been there all day and it's now getting on for 6pm. One of them takes his hat off & shows me a dirty great orange lure stuck in the top of his head. Happened on his second or third cast & his pal hadn't a clue how to get it out.

I used that technique and he never felt it go. You just need to whip it out as fast as you can. If you stop to think about it you'll never do it.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had this circle hook in my left ear since I was 13. No doctor's going near it thanks very much.... Twisted Evil




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It must be really difficult getting a Doctor's appointment if your main domicile is a caravan. D'ya like dags?
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It must be really difficult getting a Doctor's appointment if your main domicile is a caravan. D'ya like dags?

Don't forget you still owe me for your wife's 'Christmas Presentation Peg Set' present. Cool


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I'll give it to her at the dinner table when the centre piece of roasted hedgehog makes its entrance. 👍
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