I get a big kick out of just getting a big fish to come up and make a pass at one of my own ties. It's a satisfaction that I figured out what is hatching, how to match it, and made the perfect cast. And got a old smart one suckered in, hook, line and sinker. (Except no sinker.) It's almost more fun than reeling them in. And I like to explore new water just to see what it might hold. It's hard to interact with the aquatic environment without a fly rod in hand, and I don't see much of a chance of satisfying my curiosity with a backpack electroshocker. I like to go over to the stream that runs through the golf course near here and flick bread crumbs or hoppers into the creek just to watch the big pet trout come up and bust 'em. It's closed waters, of course. But some days, when the wind is blowing a little, I think how much easier it would be to flick these little tidbits out there with a light weight fly rod. This got me wondering I wonder if they'd mind (the "authorities", not the fish) if I tried out my new ideas for fly patterns if I not only removed the barb, but the whole hook. Just clip it off right above the bend. In just a couple of weeks, all my favorite east side rivers close up until spring. If I were real careful to only have my hookless copies on me, I wonder what the authorities could to do me if I went right on pattern testing all winter. What could PETA say? Harassing the fish? What about the golfers that feed them? What about the people walking the bank trail, scaring those fish right out of their feeding channels into deep water? And those kyakers? Get those vegan tree huggers away from the water, they're scaring the fish. I do my best to keep the fish from ever seeing me. I'd be just confusing them. They'd be thinking "That's weird, how'd I miss that bug?" What do you think? This could be a new movement, the next step beyond "Catch and Release". These would be "Roll em and .....", well that's pretty much it, just "Roll em". We wouldn't have to debate how to not overplay the fish or how to handle them for best survival. I wouldn't be damaging undersize trout or salmon smolts. Of course, it might be hard to get any interest in hookless nymphing.