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Old 03-04-2009, 07:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If I remember to when I'm tying, I mash the barb on all my hooks. However, some of them sneak by with the barb, and I can't say that I notice any difference either way.

This past weekend I was using a barbed hook and I had several flies come unbuttoned.

I feel like if I get a good hookset, and don't let the fish take control during the play, it's all good.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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From what I know fly fishing is a little bit different and constant pressure on the fish is needed to land it. In that case barbed or barbless doesnt matter because you usually dont have to deal with the fish going into thick weeds or wrapping around submerged timber like bass. When they get hung up you have to give them a little slack to work themselves out then continue the pressure. Thats when a barbed hook comes in mighty handy. But a barbless hook is alot easier and less damaging for releasing fish, I'm sure you already know that.

Barb vs Barbless............huh, not really sure, I think I'm going to have to go with Barbed.
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in my experiance it's more about the hook set. if i'm driffting on a straight down current i try to set straight down stream. almost always get em right in the good spot. where as if I set more to the side i catch more of the side part of the jaw! if you catch em in the side i find a barb helps.


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I don't crush the barb unless it's specified on a particular stretch of water, or I can't get the bead over the barb when I'm tying.
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Old 03-04-2009, 09:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Barbless, they come out of ME much easier.
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Old 03-04-2009, 09:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Geek hit that one on the head...

Typically I pinch the barb when in the boat or have less experienced casters around me, boat or wade.

If you are fishing in water where it is required or if you so chose (because it is definitely easier on the fish during de-hooking) make sure to not allow your fish or yourself to create slack, always a constant pressure. Keep in mind though that fish run from pressure yet are mostly territorial and chose to stay in the same area so if a fish is taking you into the fast water and looks like it might not be a chase situation or the fish is headed for freedom under a huge rock or snag...you can give them slack and they will commonly return to the area of hooking and allow for the finish of the landing...but slack can often kill you.
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Old 03-04-2009, 09:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Definitely use barbless hooks when i'm using bait. Fish find it easier to suck bait down deeper than they would say a crankbait. my lures, with the exception of some of my trout spinners, still have barbs on them.
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Cochise, this made me think of that damn picture of the back of your head again. OUCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Barbless on flies. Much easier release much of the time.



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Barbless on flies. Much easier release much of the time.
Lake trout are masters at throwing barbless jigs, even on tight line.
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