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LBrainMarch 3rd, 2017, 3:32 pm
Birdsboro, PA

Posts: 10
Nice flies... question: I noticed the barbless, is it my imagination or are barbless flies still a rarity to purchase?

I'm gonna start learning to tie. I have a bunch of 'stuff' but need hooks. TCO carries a lot of hooks but when I was there a couple weeks ago I hadn't delved into the tying aspect of things. Just curious, as I believe most crush the barb, why don't 'they' sell more barbless flies?
Brain
WbranchMarch 3rd, 2017, 5:13 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2502
LBrain,

why don't 'they' sell more barbless flies?


Partridge SLD2 #10 - #18 - Barbless dry fly hooks
Partridge K4AY #8 - #16 - Standard caddis, scud, shrimp hooks
Partridge K5AY #8 - #16 - Same as above but heavier shank
Daiichi 1190 #8 - #24 - Standard dry fly hooks
Tiemco 113BLH #12 - #20 1X heavy nymph, scud hooks
Tiemco 226BL #12 - #22 1X fine caddis, emergers, parachute dry fly hooks

There are other styles and sizes but this list shows you there are quite a few barbless hooks styles and sizes available. PM me if you want the web address.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
IasgairMarch 3rd, 2017, 6:20 pm
Colorado

Posts: 148
Wbranch just gave you a great list of hooks. Partridge is my favorite. It's only my opinion, but don't waste time on purchasing barbless hooks. Just get a barb crusher and mash the barbs down. Barbless hooks cost more, but it's entirely your decision.

I am glad to see you're choosing to go barbless and thinking of the welfare of the fish. Good job!
CrepuscularMarch 3rd, 2017, 7:28 pm
Boiling Springs, PA

Posts: 919
why don't 'they' sell more barbless flies?

not everyone wants a barbless hook, and barbless hooks are a little more expensive which would equate to a more expensive fly.

I am glad to see you're choosing to go barbless and thinking of the welfare of the fish. Good job!

the fish? oh yeah i guess I'm worried about their welfare ;) but not as much as my own, barbless hooks are much easier to extract from an ear than ones with a barb.

WbranchMarch 3rd, 2017, 7:30 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2502
Barbless hooks cost more, but it's entirely your decision.


The Daiichi barbless versus barbed dry fly hook is the same price. The other barbless hooks are 15% more per package of 25 hooks. Hardly a reason not to buy the barbless hook.

Check out this link on Ebay for discounted barbless fly tying hooks.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=partridge+barbless+fly+tying+hooks&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.X+barbless+fly+tying+hooks.TRS0&_nkw=+barbless+fly+tying+hooks&_sacat=0
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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