Bugs, Buddies, and Hooks

The boys and I recently fished the Little Juniata River in pursuit of the Grannom Caddis (Brachycentrus). The Grannom begins its life underwater and is a case builder. A good way to determine when the Grannom is getting close to emergence is to look for their cases sealed over at the top of the case opening. Upon sealing themselves in their case the Grannom begins the prepupa, pupa, and pharate stages. Emergence follows and the fun begins for the fish and anglers alike. Also for early season fly fishing a popular color is chartreuse like the Green Weenie which similar to the Grannom larvae color. It’s a great hatch to fish and it isn’t super technical or important to have a drag-free drift. In fact many times the trout like the fly presented on a downstream angle; on the dangle and/or swing. That’s an extra bonus for us because it’s a blast getting that unforgettable thud-tug from a trout on this angle.

Troutnut covers the genus excellently here:http://www.troutnut.com/hatch/1751/Caddisfly-Brachycentrus-Grannoms. The emergence was light but the egg layers were in full force. We picked-up fish on all levels and finished the day fishing to a couple of steady risers. The rise forms started with the typical porpoising type and evolved to the back-up follow and gulp type. To find out more about this reference Gary LaFontaine’s book Caddisflies; a wonderful resource.

But the highlight of the day was my bud getting a hook in the lip.

There are two popular options to dislodge a hook:
1.) Tie fishing line on bend of hook, press hook eye down to skin, then reverse yank hook out QUICKLY.
2.) Puncture hook point through other side of skin and snip hook point past barb, then reverse out QUICKLY.

We went with option two. Unfortunately I don’t have all of the steps documented through photography but there are a ton of videos out there on this topic. NOTE: When removing a fishing hook from a lip using option two, make sure to stretch the lip to make it firmer so the hook point can penetrate the other side. Otherwise the lip just keeps stretching and the point never breaks the skin.

Heres a couple of nice instructional articles on the art of dislodging a fishing hook from your skin.