I'm still a newbie, but I like versitility. This past Saturday I spent time on a small brookie creek. I used the following flies in a 5 hour period:
- Standard Klinkhammer
- Caddis Klinkhammer
- Parachute Mr. Rapidan
- Neversink Caddis
- Copper John
- Rainbow Warrior
- Flashback Midge
- Syl's nymph
- Partridge and Orange
- Foam and CDC Stonefly
Last time I fished this stream (a week ago) all they wanted was the Klink and the rainbow warrior. The sky was clear, it was about 70 degrees out, and I was fishing the evening. Saturday it was in the 50s, rainy, and I fished morning to midday. Additionally it looked like someone had fished the creek the day before me. They wouldn't touch the klink and the rainbow warrior. I even fished a different section of the creek. I had the best luck on a red size 14 copper john. Last time they were mainly hitting the size 18 rainbow warrior, saturday they wanted a little more meat.
I forgot my lanyard and therfore forgot my gink and my dry shake. Had I had some flotant on me I would have thrown some BWOs, Adams, regular caddis, comparaduns, etc. I had fish take just about everything I threw at them. Part of the fun to me it trying different flies to see what works in what conditions.
To tie it in to the spin fishing world I used to throw zoom finesse worms in watermelon, black, or junebug or a zoom fluke 95% of the time. Most days I'd catch plenty of fish in cluding some big ones, but there would be days I'd only catch a few or only smaller fish. That's pretty much all I threw for maybe 4-6 years. a few years ago I started throwing tubes, walk-the-dog topwaters, jerkbaits, crankbaits, and all sorts of other lures in addition to my standbys. What I found was that while one lure may catch plenty of fiish in a given day, another would absolutely tear them upp, especially big boys. I could fish what I always did and catch fish or I could be come a more versitle angler and catch more and bigger fish every time out.
The same applies to fly fishing. I could throw an adams every time and catch fish. I could add a small hare's ear dropper and probably catch even more. That said there'll be days where that's not what every fish wants and I won't have much luck. If I throw on a rainbow warrior or a klink or something else all together I may pull a few extra fish out of a hole. That's worth it to me.