I'm coming up next week camping and plan to fish a bit. It sounds like New rules are in effect. Are any areas barbless? C & R only? Fly fishing only? I always release everything, just want to know if any rile changes.
A barbless single hook fly is easy to disengage from a trouts craw...or *Ow!* from your fingertip or shirt for that matter. Easy catch and release. All well and good there. We fly guys abide by that.
Thing is, the rule about barbless hooks also applies to ordinary treble hook lures.
What is the purpose of a treble hook lure? To ensure that the fish that takes it isn't going anywhere but your dinner plate.
How many spin fisherman mash down the barbs of their treble hook lures? How many spin fisherman seek out and purchase single hook barbless spin lures from the major manufacturers though they do exist? How many spin fisherman craft their own lures with single barbless hooks? The average guy is not spending $$$ on a lure with ideas of catching and taking home the big one only to first mash down all the treble hook barbs to disadvantage their catch success in order to comply with regulations. Treble hooks barbless or otherwise = fish for the dinner table. The barbless aspect for sportsmanship / catch and release is meaningless on anything other than a single hook fly.
Grant! How's it going? How's New Jersey fly fishing? Are you finding time and/or space to fish? My wife's a big planner, looong-term, kind of has gotten me used to doing the same. So, she's planning to retire in 4 1/2 years, and we're tentatively planning to make our first trip to New England. We think we're going to go to a place in way New Hampshire where there's supposed to be some PRETTY GOOD fly fishing.