This is a closeup of the mishap we had on our Yak trip. I wanted to include this as a first aid lesson for anyone who might encounter a similar scenario. Despite what you might be thinking, this can happen in river canyons to the most seasoned fly casters. The wind wips up in no time and can change directions while you are in your cast.
The removal procedure worked well and I learned a lot from watching it done. This was a store bought fly and unfortunately my buddy forgot to crimp the barb, he usually ties his own with Tiemco barbless hooks and we were a little shocked when it didn't just fall out. I doubt he will forget again.
Take a piece of tippett material and wrap it around the bend of the hook. Push the eye of the hook down to line up the barb with the entry hole the barb made on its way in. Then it's 1.....2....and a quick snap of the line pulls it right out rather uneventfully. Make sure you pull it out before three so the patient doesn't tense up and make very certain that you are pushing the eye down before pulling it out. Thanks to Tony Colagrossi for the extraction lesson, all those seasons guiding in Alaska helped on this day.