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Jib Leech Line - What Now?

My jib leech line has somehow managed to turtle up into the pocket that it runs through. It is about 5 inches up,

The jib is on a roller furler, so if I can extract the leech line without removing the jib, that would be ideal.

I tried a pair of long needle nose pliers, but they are a little short. I have a pair of really long chemistry tweezers/thin, blunt tongs, but I wasn't able to get them around the leech knot. It either pushed the knot further up or off to a side. There isn't much room in the leech "baffle" to maneuver around the knot. My next approach is to use a crochet hook.

Anyone else have approaches?

Thanks in advance.

DrB
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My jib leech line has somehow managed to turtle up into the pocket that it runs through. It is about 5 inches up,

The jib is on a roller furler, so if I can extract the leech line without removing the jib, that would be ideal.

I tried a pair of long needle nose pliers, but they are a little short. I have a pair of really long chemistry tweezers/thin, blunt tongs, but I wasn't able to get them around the leech knot. It either pushed the knot further up or off to a side. There isn't much room in the leech "baffle" to maneuver around the knot. My next approach is to use a crochet hook.

Anyone else have approaches?

Thanks in advance.

DrB
Believe it or not, I have often used the wood saw blade of my Leatherman Wave to snag a line inside a hole.
5 inches may be a little out of it's range though. Maybe a keyhole saw blade would work.
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