Since I have been fishing, I have had hooks past the barb in the following places: big toe, wrist, both thumbs, thigh, shoulder, elbow, every finger, neck, heel, and calf. But never have I had one in the face…until a few weeks ago.

Now, I’m not going to give you the entire backstory, because the gentleman who was casting the streamer was mortified I think, and I like him way too much to reveal his name. The way I look at it, I didn’t lose an eye and hey, if you cast sink tips and big bugs around on drift boats long enough, eventually dog poop happens. No big deal. As for the removal, you can always tell when a guide is well-versed in the line-pull method, because they say “on the count of 3,” but they yank on the “1.” Who else has caught one in the face?