Barbless Hook Flies – good reasons to use them. First, better hook sets, barbs create a resistance that makes it harder for the hook point to penetrate. Second, less injury to the fish and it is easier to release the fish and even if the line breaks and the is still in the fish its easier for the fish to shake it out. Third, LESS INJURY TO YOU! Barbed hooks are not easy to remove, barbless hooks are easier to remove.