The process of taking the hook from (hopefully) the mouth of the fish. To do
this with barbless hooks simply push the hooks in the opposite direction to
the one they entered. For barbed hooks apply a little pressure on the top
of the fly at the same time as pushing. This will disengage the barb and
cause less damage to the fish.
It may occasionally happen that you hook yourself. This will immediately
teach you that barbless hooks are a good idea after all and secondly that it
To release a barbed hook from oneself, follow the principle above by
pressing down and away as it is removed. For deeply hooked situations a
length of strong monofilament is looped around the bend of the hook and the
hook is pushed down and the monofilament pulled parallel to the entry would
or slightly below. This will pull the hook out with minimal barb engagement.