Fishing Ethics: De-Barbing Hooks
The question of whether to barb or de-barb your fly hooks is one that every angler, I think, has to answer at some point. And there’s more to it than just making it easier to pull the hook out of yourself when you inevitably drive an errant fly home right into your skin.
Andrew Braker, over at Fly Lords, has some good insight for us on this topic. You can see what he has to say here.