Bassano's Possum Emerger - Claret
This is a simple adaptation of one of the greatest mayfly patterns I have ever used, the Possum Emerger.
Basically, it is a Possum Emerger but this one is claret. I first tied this fly in the mid 1990's but I had a deer hair wing on it. With the success of the original possum Emerger and the claret "deer wing" Emerger, it seemed obvious that a combination of the two would work well. Possum is much easier to work worth and floats better than deer hair which made this fly a no brainer. Anywhere that mayfly are present, this fly will work as a point or middle fly in a three fly rig. It is also very effective when polaroiding and floats well after you catch a fish. It only needs to be dressed with floatant once, at the start of the day and will keep floating all day long.
There are not enough superlatives to describe this fly. Barbless.