Bang on; it was Preston Innovations and they did drop them through lack of sales. They were called Pinch Barbless.I think a company introduced a new type of hook a few years ago (may have been Preston Innovations) This had a swelling in the place of the barb............ I don't think they caught on.
And some say, "Horses for courses."This is a debate that at this moment in time can not be resolved between Barbed and Barbless, some say yes, some say no.
As Graham said in an earlier post a great idea. I do not like barbless hooks as I think they can do quite a lot of damage by cutting so I often pinch down barbs to get the bost of both worlds. If they produced these hooks now I would certainly buy them.I usualy use and prefer barbed hooks, unless the powers that be rule otherwise. I prefer whisker barb type hooks when possible and in all honesty I don't think I have ever lost a fish because of them. I have seen it stated before that the deeper cut barb on a traditional hook causes a weak spot but I have yet to have one break there in over 45 years fishing. I think a company introduced a new type of hook a few years ago (may have been Preston Innovations) This had a swelling in the place of the barb............ I don't think they caught on. (Ha, ha, no pun intended).
Almost the oposite rule at Marsh Farm, barbed 14 and smaller, barbless for bigger hooks. At the very least it makes the angler give some thought to fish welfare and that can't be a bad thing.Just read the Cemex rules Cakey, barbed hooks only on sizes bigger than 16 and optional for smaller, sounds good to me. No Cemex waters near me though