I will start with stating that I fish with a fly rod almost exclusively. Besides ice fishing (which i think might be a little hard to do with fly gear :lol thats my gear of choice. Now as for gear restrictions i am against all of them but one, barbless hooks. As for bait fishing having a higher mortality rate than using artificials or flies, this is one of the things i dont agree with. I would assume that most all of us that chase trout or any fish for that matter did not start out fly fishing. I personally started with a crawler and a bobber the size of a tennis ball. If I could put a number on the amout of fish I have injured while fishing bait and flies the numbers would be almost identical. Maybe more toward the bait side only because of my lack of experience with handleing fish at a younger age. Any fish I have injured have been the resut of me using barbed hooks and having trouble removing them. The bottom line is we all need to stick together to preserve the sport we all love. If they have it their way the groups that are trying to have all fishing done away with will succeed. we should limit harvest if anything, not the gear we choose to use. if we do continue to limit gear there will be no more young kids out there and in turn fishing will be all but lost. But hey im just a goofball who loves to fish and be outdoors. and like i said before...just my two cents.