03-14-2006, 12:24 PM
I was talking to Kerry about this last weekend. Today I hit the river and landed a steelhead who just swallowed my egg pattern before I had a chance to feel it grab. It wasn't swallowed, just on the side of the back of the tounge and there was some blood leaking from the gills. I cut the fly off and left it there. I know with stab-wounds you are supposed to leave the object in you to prevent bleeding, so I figure the hook may stop the bleeding for a while before it clots, then would fall out later (barbless #4 hook). The fish swam away fine but I hate the feeling that the fish may possible be floating downstream :( . I was wondering how often this happens to you guys and if there are ways to prevent it. I have had this happen fly fishing trout and fishing bait for steelhead, but never fly fishing steelhead.