I'm huge on Wilson's bluegill bully spider but only from a boat where I'm sitting high enough to watch their wobbly legs disappear. That usually happens because the sunk too deep or, better yet, got chomped on.
I like small poppers too. Hipps poppers are my favorites. They are the most floatable and durable I've ever used and cast real nice because their so lightweight.
My go-to fly and the fly that has never failed me is the Madam X. They can be fished on top, in the film or sunk and they always produce. As my friend JT says, powerful medicine!