What is the best hook for bluegill? in The Fly Tying Bench Posted March 14, 2010 · Report reply I've always used no smaller than a size 12 hook for bluegill, and frequently I throw a sz 10 - never a sz 8 though. Some people are of the opinion that the smaller hooks (16-14) will be more likely to hook the fish in the lip rather than being inhaled like a sz 10 would. I haven't fished a true barbless hook, but with a barbed hook with the barb mashed down, I've noticed no difference in hook up rates compared to a barbless. What's your opinion on barbed vs barbless? I'm wondering now if I should add some sz 14... and possibly 16 patterns to my box. What do you think? I think 6-12 is appropriate for bluegill.