Video: How to Remove a Hook from Skin

Here’s a fun video in which Ben Sittig, a.k.a. Huge Fly Fisherman, deals with a situation every angler encounters at one time or another: a barbed hook is buried in someone’s skin. We’ve covered this topic several times before (see below), but it’s always great to get a refresher course, and there’s a perverse thrill in seeing someone purposely jam a hook into his butt.

As you’ll see, this removal technique, done properly, is quick and painless. Avoid this situation if you can, by going barbless and becoming a better caster, but master this skill for the inevitable time when you’re given the opportunity to be the hero (or at least make up for sticking your fishing buddy/spouse/guide/etc.).

If you enjoyed this, here are some of our other lessons on this subject:

How to Remove a Hook from a Human, with Jazz and Fly Fishing

How to Remove a Fish Hook from Your Skin

Removing a Hook with Style

How to Remove a Fly Stuck in Your Skin (This one gets style points for a guy hammering a hook into himself.)

Another Good Hook Removal Demonstration

4 thoughts on “Video: How to Remove a Hook from Skin”

  1. Ben – looks like you’ve done that a lot! (so have I and it’s as easy as it looks)

  2. I prefer to do a retrograde with a 18g needle. Working in healthcare I do it all the time! And yes I keep on in my sling pack! Quick and PAINLESS!

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