Sarah, Haven't heard much about your fly rod. Are you using it and what flies are you using?????? Low water is good for The fly rod or the fly rod is good for low water!!!!! Give it a try , have used the copper flash fly???????
Hi Sarah. A hook in the gills is tough to know what to do. You could cut the line as close to the hook as possible and let the fish go. I have heard some say that in a few days, enzymes released at the hook site will allow the hook to fall out. I myself would probably take this fish home to eat rather than leave it to maybe die.
As to hook removal, the best tool I have used is a set of hemostats like a doctor use to clamp off blood vessels during surgery or to pluck out a bullet from a wound. I have bought and tried a number of hook removal tools made just for that, including Big Bluegill.com's Terry Gauger's UNHOOKEM tool. I never mastered their use and always went back to my hemostats. Practice makes perfect!
Sarah- If you go ice fishing with all that snow over the ice be very careful.In fact discuss this with your parents.The weight of that much snow on top of ice can make for unsafe areas. Please go with an adult that's experienced.Not trying to scare you just warn you. Have fun and hooray for you for being off from school!