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Barbless hooks

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  • Barbless hooks or hooks with the barbs pinched are easiest to remove.
  • Flatten barbs with pliers.
  • See ASSOCIATED FILE on benefits of barbless hooks.

Knotless Cotton Nets


  • Try NOT to use a net, since it may damage the protective skin of the wild Atlantic salmon, leaving it more susceptible to water-born diseases, and stressing it further.
  • If a net is absolutely necessary, be sure it is of knotless cotton mesh to avoid injuring the fish.

A Live Release Kit

  • Consider putting together a Live Release Kit in a small 'mini-pack' including:
  1. a small pair of pliers
  2. a thermometer for water temperature
  3. a miniature pair of scissors or snips to cut the leader if necessary
  4. a small point & shoot or throw-away camera to be sure of getting that photograph for the wall at home

Associated File: Barbless Hook Studies
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