Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: S Ontario rivers plus various lakes for warm water species.
It just takes one, I suppose.
Years ago Trout & Salmon magazine (UK) featured a one page article (complete with a sobering photo) of a lady who was taking a salmon fly casting/ fishing course on a river. Her hook became snagged and she pulled. The fly shot back hitting her in the eye, this was not a dainty trout dry fly either, but a larger single fly. She went into shock and was taken to the nearest hospital post- haste. The article mentioned that it was fortunate that, by chance, there was an eye specialist on call who operated and safely extricated the fly.
The woman was in danger of losing her sight in that eye and mention was that sometimes the other eye packs up 'in sympathy' if that would have happened. She went on to have a long recovery and did not regain all of the vision in that eye.
The artice was published as a reminder to be mindful, plus to wear eye protection.
Only a few years into this spey lark, I will not cast double handed overhead, having had a few whacks on the shoulders or the back of a hooded head when I tried. The whole idea is for it all to stay out in front or to the sides anyway. All that is needed is a rogue puff of wind to send that fly facewards. Even trout fishing s/h I learned long ago to turn and follow the cast to see when it straightens and also ensure that the fly is always sailing along behind me, rather than toward. I learned that early, now 40 years ago fishing from a boat on large English reservoirs.
As previously mentioned, I am experimenting with various sizes of keel hooks, which may well be the safest fly hook for streamers and spey type flies.
Last edited by MHC; 03-20-2019 at 09:01 PM.