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dirty530
05-08-2012, 02:45 PM
I can see a few of you mentioned barbless on the Collins thread.

Dirty Advice:

Barbless TREBEL hooks actually work very well! Haven't lost a fish due to trebels being barbless, including a 5lb brown. Different story with singular hooks, which tend to slip out if the tension/angle of tension isn't 'just right'.

As far as making your hooks barbless, either buy the barbless kind or use a dremel tool to file down the barbs PERFECTLY. Pinching the barb with pliers can 1. bend the hook and 2. can provide a wider opening for the tip of the hook to pop out, losing your fish.

If you are trying to de-barb a hook with trebel dressing feathers/hairs/other material (like a roostertail), wet the lure before using the dremel tool to make the hairs easier to manange and so they won't get in the way.

Using barbless trebels seems to produce cleaner, deeper hook sets that stick as long as there's tension. Plus, if you want to release a fish or stick yourself the hook pops out clean. Hope this helps!

pcwa_guy
05-08-2012, 02:48 PM
Thanks!!! where is the five pounder photo?

dirty530
05-08-2012, 02:58 PM
Thanks!!! where is the five pounder photo?


On the trout photo thread.