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Ditching Treble Hooks

by John V
(Salt Lake City UT)

Mepps Spinners

Mepps Spinners

Since I started using my new finesse spinning rod, I wanted to carry over my catch and release ethics from tenkara/fly fishing to my spin fishing.

Part of this was changing out the barbed treble hooks on my Rapalas and my Mepps spinners to a single barbless hook.

I have not noticed any increase in lost fish from this change of hook type.

In fact, I just removed the belly hooks on my Rapalas because I noticed that every fish I have been catching with them hit the tail hook.

A side bonus, I haven’t had any bottom snags since ditching the belly hooks.

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Nov 03, 2017
Well Done!
by: Chris Stewart

You can't take the Mepps spinners apart to replace the hook. Cutting the hook off and using a split ring to attach a single barbless hook? Brilliant!

Nov 05, 2017
by: bill

You're right Chris but ...

You can cut off the trebles and replace. Bend out the hook eye slightly on your barbless singles and put on the loop. I've done this with your hooks and home made spoons.

You can also get parts for home brew Mepps and roll your own.


Mar 28, 2018
What parts were used?
by: Ian

This is such a good idea...
What parts did you use on those?

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