Sooner or later, your ear, neck, fingers or someone elses skin is going to meet the point of a hook. Whether it meets a hook with the barb still in place will determine whether the removal process is simple or more painful may depend upon whether you took the time to use barbless hooks or crimp the barb down when tying the fly or crimping it streamside as you tie it on.

The simple process of removing the barb will hugely facilitate removing the hook from flesh or clothing (much more common spot for the hook to snag into).

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These links are similar to many others out there that suggest how to remove a hook with barb from flesh…it might be easier to use barbless hooks to start with or crimp the barb down. (Removal) or (Removal)