So I hiked in with a buddy to Kern Canyon – 20 miles from the trailhead whether you’re hiking there from the east or the west (we hiked in from the west). I’m on a boulder, fishing a deep hole, get my lure hung, & then pop it loose. Wham! It slams into the back of my hand & buries past the barb. I try yanking it out with hemostats – no luck. So, I tell my friend, “I’m not hiking for three days with this hook stuck in my hand. We’ve got to use the hook trick.”
I’d read about it but never tried it on another human being (although I have successfully used a similar technique to get hooks out of fish’s throats). Anyway, if you haven’t heard of it – you run some heavy line thru the bend of hook, push down on the eye, & pull the line up & away from the entry point. Bam! It worked. No pain, no gaping wound, no bleeding. Thought I’d pass it on in case you ever need to get a hook out of someone.
Although I didn’t get as much fishing in as I would have liked, I did have about the best 15 minutes of trout fishing of my life on the Kern. Caught 4 beautiful trout – 3 rainbows & 1 brookie – in a 15 minute period in the afternoon, including 3 on 3 casts. My buddie also caught a nice rainbow a day earlier. We did get lots of hookups with golden trout, too, but they were all very small. Phenomenal place to fish – kind of like having Yosemite Valley to yourself. Very few people, lots of wildlife, plus hot springs a few miles up the canyon, which are incredibly refreshing after hiking that far.