Monday, October 13, 2008
Barbless Hooks, The Way To Fish
I was reading the most recent edition of Hatches magazine. In it there is a good article by Kevin Compton about barbless hooks. Barbless is the way to go. It inflicts less harm on the fish. As fly anglers and fly tyers we should demand more models of hooks be made with the barbless option. Further to that let's see more barbless hooks manufactured with longer, offset beaks and wider gapes so we can retain fish better on the hooks. Tiemco and Gamakatsu have some good barb-free hooks. I have used a lot of Knapek hooks too. Knapeks are from the Czech Republic and are hand made hooks designed for barbless competition angling. They are expensive, but the high quality is worth every penny.