Bead Head Barr Emerger

Curtis Fry- March, 2020

When I was in college doing a lot of fishing on the Green River in Utah, I was introduced to the Barr Emerger series of mayfly patterns. It became, and still is, one of my favorite Baetis and PMD emerger and nymph patterns. Between the Provo and Green rivers, this was easily one of the most effective patterns really year-round. And while I ended up going with a simplified "guide version" of the Barr Emerger, the OG version is still my favorite. You can use this as a dropper from a bigger mayfly pattern or just nymph it up on any sort of nymphing rig you prefer.

Material List
  • Hook: TMC 2487 Emerger Hook - 16 - 25 Pack
  • Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Iron Gray
  • Bead (optional): Cyclops Brass Beads - Brass - 3/32" (2.3mm)
  • Tail: Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle - Fiery Brown
  • Abdomen Mix: Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Brown Olive
  • Abdomen #1: Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Brown
  • Abdomen #2: Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Olive
  • Wing Case/Legs: Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle - Gray
  • Thorax: Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Adam's Gray
  • Wing Case Coating: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
  • Light: Loon UV Bench Light
  • Tools Used: Tiemco Midge Whip Finisher, Tiemco Razor Scissors,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

$3.25
Cyclops Brass Beads
Cyclops Brass Beads

Cyclops Brass Beads

$3.25
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

$17.99
Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing
Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing

Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing

$2.25
Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle
Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle

$9.99
TMC 2487 Emerger Hook
TMC 2487 Emerger Hook

TMC 2487 Emerger Hook

$26.99
Tiemco Midge Whip Finisher
Tiemco Midge Whip Finisher

Tiemco Midge Whip Finisher

$24.95
Loon UV Bench Light
Loon UV Bench Light

Loon UV Bench Light

$39.99
Tiemco Razor Scissors
Tiemco Razor Scissors

Tiemco Razor Scissors

$68.95