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    I know we are all supposed to and encouraged to but how many of you actually use barbless hooks? I continually hear that using a barbed hook and smashing it down to where there is a "bulb" is highly effective. I just can't buy into it but I'm considering making the switch for a couple of months to form my own opinion. Looking for insight from anyone who may have done the same...

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    I use barbless whenever I can. A barbless hook will penetrate flesh with less force. They will hold a fish as well as a barbed if you as fisher person can keep the line tight.
    I also smash the barb but on occasion the barb will not close all of the way or the barb will break or the hook it's self will break.

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    I crimp the barbs on all the flys I tie. Easier on the fish and me if I happen to hook myself, which sometime happens.

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    I always mash the barbs or use barbless hooks, Just got 3 sizes of Sabre barbless hooks that I really like, $6.99 per 100. Never noticed any trouble landing fish on them but a lot easier to unhook, and as The Princpal mentioned, stuck one in the back of my thumb to the bend over Easter and was very glad it was barbless.
    Tad

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    Fishing barbless will make you a better fisherman. You have to fight the fish smart and cannot allow slack into the line during the fight. That said, you will lose fish from time to time but I have fish throw barbed flies too so I think in the end its just a little easier on both fisherman and fish to use barbless. I fish barbless most of the time except when I'm chasing large fish and want every advantage I can get...
    "Then He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" Matthew 4:19

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    I was up in the park fishing with my brother last week. I slipped on a rock and the hook stuck in my hand between the thumb and forefinger fairly deep...I was glad I had crimped down the barb.

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