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What is the difference between barbed and barbless hooks?

The barb on a hook is the sharp prong which enables the hook to grip and hold onto the fish preventing it from breaking free. A barbless on the other hand does not have this so catches are able to escape more frequently, however it is easier to catch and release the fish without causing harm to them.

In some countries barbed hooks have been made illegal, and in countries where they still remain legal, certain clubs ban them from use as survival rates for catch-and-release fish can be increased.

What should I do if I have flies with barbed hooks, but I've found out that I can no longer use them where I fish?

Don't threat, if you have discovered that barbed hooks are illegal or frowned upon at your waters or club, or that you no longer wish to use them, it doesn't mean you have to go and throw away all your brilliantly tied flies! A simple way to convert barbed to barbless hooks is to pinch the barb with a small pair of pliers or cutters. So long as the barb is no longer sharp and won't dig into the fish's mouth you should be fine.

Flies relating to Barbed

Barbed is mentioned in 94 flies within our catalogue. Of course, there are most likely more flies relating to this, but here is just a sample of the patterns:

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Hotspot PTN Jig TB Fly

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Mr Green Jig Fly

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Squirmy Wormy San Jaun Red Fly

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Olive Quill Jig Fly

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Olive CDC Jig Fly

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Pink CDC Jig Fly

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Squirmy Wormy Blue Fly

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Squirmy Wormy Bloodworm Fly

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Grey Duster Fly

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John Storey Fly

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Waterhen Bloa Fly

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Skues Olive Dun Fly

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Hawthorne Hopper Fly

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Iron Blue Dun Fly

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Griffith's Gnat Fly

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Adam Fly

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Parachute Adams Fly

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Klinkhammer Olive Fly

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Dark Olive Fly

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Elk Winged Caddis Tan Fly

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White Moth Fly

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Shuttlecock Hare's Ear CDC Fly

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Shuttlecock Black CDC Fly

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Shuttlecock Olive CDC Fly

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Hot Pink Shrimper Fly

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Balloon Caddis Hare's Ear Fly

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GB Mini Back Eddy Lug Fly

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Tri Bead Bomber Fly

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Coral Booby Fly

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Blue Wing Olive Fly

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Grey Wulff Fly

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Greenwells Glory Fly

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Shuttlecock Gun Butt CDC Fly

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Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Hackled Fly

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Rhyacophila Larva Fly

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Hydrosyche Larva Fly

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FAB Sunburst Fly

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Parachute Beetle Fly

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Heptagenid Bug Fly

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Amber Flame Bug Fly

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Orange Pearl Bug Fly

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Pinky Tungsten Bug Fly

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Orange Pearl Nymph Fly

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Sweetcorn Bug Fly

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Greenwell's Glory CDC Fly

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Black Cat Booby Fly

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UV Black Cormorant Booby Fly

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Yellow Dancer Booby Fly

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Grey Duster CDC Fly

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Ben's Bug Fly

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Jason's Indi Klinkhammer Fly

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Viz Tan Klinkhammer Fly

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Yellow May Klinkhammer Fly

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Olive Micro Caddis Fly

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Red Micro Caddis Fly

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Black Micro Caddis Fly

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Red Legs Hawthorn Fly

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Olive Pupa Tungsten Nymph Fly

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FAB Rocket Blob Fly

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Yellow FAB Blob Fly

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Fruit Salad Fly

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FAB UV Olive Blob Fly

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Pink Czech Nymph Fly

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Czech Olive Nymph Fly

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Golden Olive Copperhead Nymph Fly

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Pink Blob Fly

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Shuttlecock Yellow Owl CDC Fly

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Black Buzzer Shuttle Fly

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Klink n Dink Fly

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Cut Throat Booby Fly

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Double Decker Fly

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Pink Latex Magi Nymph Fly

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Czech Weapon Tungsten Nymph Fly

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Harray Bibio Hopper Fly

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Latex Magi Nymph Fly

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Hotspot PTN Jig TB Fly

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Mr Green Jig Fly

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Olive CDC Jig Fly

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Vladi Worm Fly

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Humi Booby Fly

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Squirmy Wormy Blue Fly

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Czech Lime Spot Bug Fly

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Light Olive Perdigon Fly

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Black Perdigon Fly

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Hares Lug Fly

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Olive Glint Perdigon Fly

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Green Bomb Bug Fly

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Pink Bomb Bug Fly

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Pink Perdigon Fly

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Shocking Pink Bomb Fly

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Becks Black Midge Fly

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Sick Boy Fly

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Iron Blue Jingler Fly

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Black Gnat Winged Fly

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