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i'm so outta here
05-13-2000, 07:22 PM" border="0">

Looks like I won't be fishing for a week or so. Thankfully, nothing is broken.

Lesson learned: Wear good shoes when fishing from rocks covered in algae.

So the next time someone calls fly fishing an "effete" sport, show them this xray and snarl a little <img src="

05-13-2000, 07:42 PM
Yeeeouch! Very compelling advice, Al. Hope you recover quickly and without circumstance.

I would add some notes from my experiences falling on rocks -

(a) Don't go on the rocks at all if you can avoid it. Fishing to the rocks can be just as productive as fishing from them.

(b) If you do, choose safe flat dry rocks at high tide to be closest to the water level.

(c) When landing a fish, don't take chances climbing on slimy rocks to get at it

(d) Watch out for black algae covered rocks - black algae is very hard to grip with any shoes. Other seaweeds are also very slippery, like the short green carpet variety

(e) Beware of loose rocks that may give way under your feet

(f) Don't fish from rocks in high surf - waves can easily knock you off the rocks into the wash

(g) Don't stand on submerged rocks on an incoming tide. You might not be able to get off it.

Hmmm.... is that the one-finger salute finger?

05-14-2000, 06:30 AM
MAy the fish gods heal you swiftly. Now, what the heck is that thing? A bended finger? A dislocation? Did you jamm it straight down to break a fall?


i'm so outta here
05-14-2000, 08:17 AM
Yes. Dislocated left ring finger.

I was making my way down the rocks to help a boater whose engine had died while in the current. He was spewing gas into the water and I figured best to get him out of there. As I was descending the cliff to grab his bow line, my feet went out from under me. I extended my left arm to break the fall (better that than my head). My finger bent straight back. Funny thing is it didn't hurt at all until I got to the hospital where they had to cut my wedding band off.

The swelling is way down today. Looks like I may be able to spin fish at the very least by this time next week. Anyone have some one armed fly fishing tips?

05-14-2000, 09:58 AM
That's a prime example of "No Good Deed goes unpunished". Hope you heal up quick.

I slept in this morning instead of going to PI, too much yard work yesterday!

Bob Pink
05-14-2000, 06:53 PM
Geeze AL,
I first thought grego had finally caught up with you for the episode at the 'a-hole' in Bass River. Nice touch scanning in the x-ray. Look at the bright side, at least it's your left hand (or are you a southpaw?) Good luck with the recovery, hope you find a cute physical therapist....

05-15-2000, 09:18 AM
Al, ditto on the cute therapist. if you go to the rocks again,I have one word "corkers". Man, thos x-rays had me cringing. heal quickly, too many fish to be laid up! Tom

05-17-2000, 08:28 AM
Hey Al,

Sorry to see and hear of your injury. I hope to see you out fishing soon. Thanks for the reminder of just how treacherous fishing on and around algea or seaweed covered rocks can be.

Get well soon.