Q and A

Q. Do you use barbless hooks?

A: Yes, for all of my fishing. I don't think the fish-loss rate differs between barbed vs barbless hooks, barbless hooks are better for the fish because they reduce handling time when releasing the fish, and they are better for the angler that hooks himself (or the guide). That's one reasn I like the new barbless hooks from Grip - they come barbless, so no need to crimp the barb when tying the fly.