We’ve posted several videos on this subject over the years, but this is one of the best. (Does that make me a sadist?) What’s important is the that the technique works, so it’s worth taking a refresher course. Here, Iowan Michael Chilton, of Rod + Rivet, impales himself for our benefit. And that’s no size 16 dry-fly hook he’s using, either.
The only thing that Michael forgets to mention is that you need to push downward on the hook eye before you yank. You’ll see that he does this, but it’s not part of the narration. I would also argue that the yanking motion should be more upward, but perhaps it doesn’t much matter, as long as you’re holding the hook eye down.
There are two caveats here: 1. This technique is for hooks embedded below the neck, only. (Also don’t try it if the hook is stuck in near any. . .ahem. . .sensitive areas), and 2. These videos are not for the squeamish. You have been warned.
If you enjoyed this, here are some of our other lessons on this subject: