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Old 10-14-2012, 04:18 PM
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Default Should a beginner use barbs or not?

Hey guys so I was wondering if it is better for a beginner to keep the barbs on his flies or not? thanks!
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Small hooks, 10 and less, yes. Bigger, no.

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Barbless. Easier to get out of you and your fishing buddies!
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Rusty makes a good point. No bad pun intended.

Last 'hook' out of me was a #4 ... don't ask, it was very dumb .... and the ER charged $600.00 to get it out of my hand, and I had to tell them how to do it.
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Default Re: Should a beginner use barbs or not?

Considering a beginner is far more likely to hook his own earlobe, I'd say it's even more reason to go barbless.
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Default Re: Should a beginner use barbs or not?

Considering a beginner is less likely to take a barbed hook out of a fish without mangling its face. . .

Barbs are a pain in the bottom. Fishing is much more fun without them. Any fish you might miss is made up for by the extra time you gain getting the hook out of the fish you land - thus the fly back in action more quickly!

Assuming it is legal where you are fishing, I would say only use barbs if you intend to kill and eat the fish. I have a policy of killing only non-natives or stockers, and I usually let those go because I would rather be fishing than cleaning and cooking fish.

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Default Re: Should a beginner use barbs or not?

Ok cool thanks guys! Whats the best way to go about getting rid of barbs? I was thinking just smash them down with a vice?
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Ok cool thanks guys! Whats the best way to go about getting rid of barbs? I was thinking just smash them down with a vice?
needle nose pliers or hemostats work well

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Alright thanks!
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Default Re: Should a beginner use barbs or not?

I am late on this one but I say "smashed" Barb for newbies. Barbless are smooth and if you don't keep the tension on you will loose the fish, but by squishing the barb, you end up with a nice little bump. Also nice for tying a dropper to the bend. But they still come out easy and no fish or human mangling :-)
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