Zach’s blog picture got me thinking about go-to flies. Not to disparage Barr’s Copper John, and certainly anyone who loves them, but for me it is one of the last patterns I reach for. It has proven to be unsuccessful for me in any size, color, place or water anywhere. I’m guessing that the same can be said by many of you about any number of the ubiquitous patterns we think should be in our boxes: muddler minnows, black fly patterns (which seem to be some of the current flavors of the month), royal coachmen, hare’s ear nymphs.
What are some of the standards that everyone else seems to do extremely well with that instill little if any confidence in your selection process?
One time I caught fish on a Copper John. That was the only time. Just 2 weeks ago I caught several fish on soft hackles. Never had any luck with them before. I am now tying soft hackles for use when it warms up. I hope I am not going to jinx myself.