Barb or No Barb???
Here is my follow-up the the keep or release question.
Since so many of you practice catch & release in the GSMNP waters - Do you fish barbless? *Do you "crimp" the barb on your fly hook before the first cast?
If you do - how does that practice effect the number of fish you land. *Do you lose some or alot more because you are fishing barbless?
Does your approach re "de-barbing" differ with dries and nymphs?
I almost always de-barb. *Sometimes I forget until I release that first fish. *On a few occassions (after not landing a fish after a dozen on) - I'll switch to a barbed hook for a while. *But 98% of the time - I flatten the barb. *At the end of the year - I don't think I missed that many fish because of the practice.