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deeky

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I got a couple of flies tied on treble hooks from a friend in SD. He has had great luck on them with hook ups and no deep hooks. But the ever-popular question here in Minnesota - with materials tied on, is this a legal lure for three hooks? MN law allows up to 3 flies to be used. Would this fall under that law?

Obviously the standard "Ask your CO" applies, but your thoughts?

Thanks,

Deeky

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From page 17 of the 2005 MN fishing regulations:

Anglers may use only one hook. An artificial lure is considered one

hook. A treble hook, when not part of an artificial lure, is considered

three hooks and is not legal. The exception is three artificial flies may

be used when angling for trout, crappie, sunfish, and rock bass.

So, I guess it depends on whether the c.o. is going to consider a fly an artificial lure. This is vague to me. Maybe there's an attorney or a DNR official lurking out there who would like to comment.

As a practical matter, I don't see much advantage to a fly tied on a treble. A week ago I had to help a friend extract a treble from his thumb after a smallmouth bass he had lipped flopped and spit the hook. I look on trebles as giving me three times greater opportunity to hurt myself.

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