Re: Why barbless?
It is easy enough to smash (is that a word, i guess?) the barbs and I think I am going to do this most of the time from now on. I was out with a guide several weeks back and ask if the barb really makes much difference, he said in his opinon he could tell no difference with regard to landing fish, we then proceeded to smash the barbs on the flies I used for the rest of the day. I could not tell any difference.
A couple of weeks ago I caugh a very small bow maybe 2 inches and I know the barb was very hard on him, to me that is enough of a reason to remove them.