A Bone to Pick
In June 2010 I had the opportunity to take my trip of a lifetime – King Salmon fishing on Alaska's Nushagak River. The "Nush" is a remote wilderness fishing location. If you have trouble out here, you are on your own! That is why I made sure to pack my Leatherman Wave. Since Christmas 1998 I have never gone too far afield without it.
On our first day in camp we tied into several nice Kings – we were having a blast. That evening the camp cook grilled us up some fresh King Salmon. I couldn't help myself and started to inhale the tasty fillets. When I finished my meal, I noticed that I had a little discomfort in my throat. I had eaten my salmon so fast I neglected to look out for bones. One of these bones was lodged in my throat! That King was getting his revenge in a big way. I coughed, I hacked, I ate bread and crackers, I had a few drinks – nothing would dislodge that bone. I was not looking forward to several days of this constant discomfort until we could get back to civilization and I doubted I could even sleep with that blasted bone poking inside my neck. I asked my buddy Dan to take a look into my mouth to see what was causing the problem. He made a quick assessment of the situation and said "I think I can get at that thing if I had the right tool". I whipped out my Leatherman Wave and handed it to Dan. He reached way in and extracted that sucker with the pliers. Instant relief! I brought the Wave out to the campfire and showed the offending bone to everyone. I got a fair amount of ribbing about this the rest of the trip – but I didn't care. My Wave tool helped me to enjoy my fishing trip of a lifetime.
Mendota Heights, MN