Our lake has a fair population of Redear Sunfish. That's a big pan fish, like a blue gill, that gets up above 10 inches pretty regularly. I fish for them with a one-weight flyrod.
Yesterday, I was doing just that and managed to snag the hook on a #10 nymph into the middle finger on my right hand (of course I'm right handed).
Fortunately, I bend the barbs down, or break them clear off, on my flys but there is often still a bit of backward pointing barb or at least big rough spot. This hook was just bent down and an initial effort to pull it out suggested that the bend was more lip service to the concept than an effective reduction of the hook's holding power.
I fish with my vest on because it has everything from fly floatant to line clippers and, fortunately, a good pair of Orvis forceps. Using the forceps, I pushed the hook on through my finger until the point came out. Got ahold of the point and pulled it on through until the remains of the barb was clear and then cut hook. That made it easy to pull it back through the way it came in.
Back in the house, I openned both ends of the puncture a little bit with a needle and gave them a good dose of hydrogen pyroxide and am hoping for the best infection wise. I'm out about 30 hours now and there is still some reddnes and a bit of tenderness but no sign of pus.
I was probably five years old when my father told me how to do that. I really never expected that my first actual practice would be left-handed on myself.