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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-23-2001, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Seems like my casting becomes less consistent after a couple hours on the river. The snake roll is usually my most reliable cast, but a swirling wind (okay, a breakdown in technique) threw a cast off and a size 4 TMC 7999 hit the back of my head hard enough to penetrate my scalp deeply enough to bump up against bone. Luckily I had the barb flattened. You could call it my first rockfish on a fly.
Just thought I'd share...
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-23-2001, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 10/23/2001 3:32 AM
OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Not done that before (thank God!) but have wrapped a 400 grain shooting head (gust of wind also) around the back of my head and ended up face down and seeing stars.
 
Recommendation: learn to duck fast.
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my best was a 2/0 clouser into my new pair of Action optics glasses, and 12 pieces of glass picked out of my eye. But they sent me a new pair of glasses.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-24-2001, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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I once stuck a woolly bugger in my thumb before my barbless days. Couldn't push it through or pull it out, so had to hang my head and go to the emergency ward. By comparison to the eye story, I now feel especially insignificant
OUCH
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-24-2001, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
 
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Eugene-
You gotta put down the crack pipe while you're fishing
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-24-2001, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Mike, the only rocks I bring fishing with me are those between my ears and the "lucky skipping rocks" my 4 1/2 year old daughter finds and gives me before I go fishing. A small flask, however, will occasionally accompany me
 
Brian, just reading that makes the pit of my stomach roll over. I hope you recovered completely.
 
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-26-2001, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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It wasn't a big deal, they put drops in your eye to numb it, and pick the pieces out with tweezers. They put a flourecsent dye in my eye so all the pieces of glass showed up. Hardest thing to do was not rub my eye. Then they put a pirate patch over your eye and send you home and tell you to take asprin or Tylenol for the pain.. I woke up about 10 pm with insaitable desire to rip off the patch and scratch my eye. Ended up back at emergency room telling them there is more glass in my eye, they put in more drops, eye goes numb, and they can't find any. I stole the bottle of eyedrops when they wern't looking and went back to hotel, slept great and went fishing the next morning. Hardest thing to do was drive because I had no depth perception. No lasting effect, but it was scary at the time.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-26-2001, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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No offense meant by that last wise-guy remark.  Tight lines!
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-27-2001, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm a 'no fear' guy but this would get to call 911, or the wife, to bail my sorry ... out. You've got balls (to use the American expression). Nut! Got the sneezes so typing is with eyes closed.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-05-2002, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hey Eugene:
 
 I can now feel your pain. Went fishing tonight (first time since October or so after work: alright!) and was fishing sort of in the dark, and in really tight quarters. Same story: technique fell apart and on forward delivery of double spey nailed myself right below my eye and embedded a #6 polar shrimp in the bridge of my nose (not bone)! Forgot to de-barb, too! Cut the hook midway and tried to back it out myself but couldn't. Ended up at the emergency room, and one tetanus shot in the arm and novacain shot in the nose later and I was out of there. Major swelling under my eye now. Very lucky it didn't land any higher. Was fishing a two fly rig and I think the 1/0 bunny leech with barbell eyes nailed my eye and the momentum carried the polar shrimp into my nose.
 
I'm sure you all do, but just in case: as speycasters, you must de-barb! If  not to protect the fish, then to protect yourself!
 
Be safe and try not to fish in the dark, else wear helmets with visors!
 
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Thanks for the thread, guys.  I knew I would some day need my old motorcycle helmet with the full face shield.  The helmet's color almost matches the dark charcoal of my kevlar gloves.  Now all I have to do is take up the underhand cast and break out my knee/shin guards.
 
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