I first used a Barr Emerger for the PMD hatch on the Frying Pan and Yampa Rivers in Colorado. They worked for me there – the only problem was that I did not have enough of them. I lost all of them in the sage brush on backcasts. Call me a wimp if you like – but I’m not a westerner and the thought of rattlers kept me out of the brush – I wasn’t risking a rattler bite for a fly.
This version is tied in colors for BWO hatches. Fish it deep with weight or fish it as a dropper under a dry. The pattern was developed by John Barr but I got the recipe from Charlie Cravens’ website Charlies Fly Box.
John Barr’s book Barr Flies is a great book with beautiful photos. Charlie Craven, who has a reputation as one of the best tyers in the country, has a new book out called Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying. This book is a great book for the beginning tyer – it will give you a great foundation. For the more experienced tyer it will improve your flies.