Illawarra Flyfishers Club



A Piercing Southern Highlands Story

A lady fly fisher fishing by herself on the Wingecarribee River near Berrima in windy conditions had an unfortunate accident, while false casting the fly, it hit the right side of her face piercing the lobe of her right ear.  


Cutting the line close to the fly she drove to Berrima to get help, parking her vehicle she headed for the Post Office to enquire the location of the nearest Doctors surgery. Unfortunately walking towards the Post Office the blood from her wound attracted flies, accidently while fending off the flies, her right hand brushing past the fly on the side of her face, the barb on  the hook impaling her right index finger adding to the predicament and drawing people’s attention as it looked although she was pointing to her problem!


Entering the Post Office with her finger attached to her ear, blood dripping down the side of her face, imagine the Postmasters surprise, “Please can you direct me to the nearest Doctors surgery”!


Not sure what fly she was using as it was the start of the season so it may have been an EARly fly.!! 


My own piercing experience happened after fishing the lower Thredbo river at the beginning of the 2010-11 season, packing up my rod that was still set up into the rear of the 4x4 the back of my hand brushed against the fly in the keeper on my rod impaling the fly in the loose skin on the back of my right hand, after a couple of left handed attempts to extract it, as I’m right handed I realized I needed help. I drove into Jindabyne stopping at Steve Williamson’s shop at The Snowline Caravan Resort, entering the shop Steve’s young assistant enquired if I needed  help with something in the Shop, “ have you a pair of long nosed pliers I said” yes he said removing the pliers from the draw” can you remove this fly from my hand I said’ bringing my hand from behind my back, with a slight sway and two steps backward “no he said, I can’t help “ do you mean you can’t remove this fly I said ”no sir”, do you mean I will have to go to Jindabyne Medical Centre I said ”yes"  he said.


At the medical centre the Doctor removed it with a piece of string looped around the bend in the hook slight downward pressure pulled on the string and out she came, I remarked “ you’ve done that    Before “oh yes “he replied. At the end of last season fishing in Jindabyne I called in to Steve’s shop with my grandson Shaun hoping to introduce him to Steve Williamson but he was away, the young guy was behind the  Counter “hello do you remember me I said” sorry sir but we have lots of people through the shop during the season”, I came in to ask you to remove a fly from the back of my hand I said ”oh yes I  remember you” said the young man, Shaun laughed at his shocked expression on his face.!    


IF ANYONE HAS ANY PIERCING STORIES PLEASE TELL ME AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY !!

WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND ALL THE BEST FOR 2012 TIGHT LINES EVERYONE !! Regards Michael MANSELL.

  

The technique for removing flies from body parts can be found here. (Ed.)