and got this reply a few days later (they had to ask around to find the right person to answer the question) ...Apologies if this is a dumb question, but I want to make sure I understand things correctly. This pertains to certain trout fishing areas where the restrictions say "single hook only" ... Just looking for a little clarification with this specific scenario/example. I have a couple 3-inch hardbait lures with dual treble hooks that I want to try on trout. Can I replace both treble hooks with single hooks and be OK? Or would I have to completely remove one of the treble hooks and replace the other with a single hook?
so there you go.Thank you for inquiring about the “single hook artificial lure only” designation. In the circumstance you describe below, you would need to remove both sets of hooks, leaving one slot empty, and replacing the other with a single hook. Leaving two single hooks would not be legal in this circumstance.
i wondered about which spot to use. so you recommend the forward spot? interesting. i'll try that first. what about for the topwater popper? for that, i'd probably want to use the back spot, right? maybe? theoretically they'd approach from behind the lure ...I carry a few small crankbaits with me, I put the single hook on the front spot and tie it up to the back spot. I was worried about fish throwing the hook because it is not free to pivot, but I have had no trouble with the few fish that I have caught using this rig.