Did you ever pinch the barb on a fly, but when you catch a fish and go to remove the hook, it doesn’t slide out easily? “Gee,” you might say. “I’m sure I pinched that barb.” And it’s probably true: you did put the barb in your forceps and give it a good squeeze. But that might not be enough to get the job done.
In this video, Joe Rotter from Red’s Fly Shop demonstrates the proper way to pinch the barb on a hook. You have to make sure you have the right tool, and then you need to take a little extra time to ensure you’ve truly flattened the barb. The fish will thank you, and if you ever hook yourself or anyone else, you’ll be glad that you went the extra step.