The season of tying is upon me and it seems like every year I'm searching for new patterns to fish for 'gills (and the occasional green sunfish, crappie, and bass that comes along).
Usually end up tying several good looking patterns that soon end up in one of my "cigar boxes for flies that didn't produce" once I've had a chance to actually fish them.
A few basic and for the most part very simple patterns seem to be the ones I always go to to actually catch fish regularly. Others may work, but if these patterns fail it's time to go home.
Griffin's gnats in size 14 to 18
Elk hair caddis in size 12 to 16 (also tied a few CDC & Elk -
- to try this year - very similar, but simpler to tie)
PT nymphs in size 12 to 16
Skip Morris predator in size 12 & 14
Basic black ant pattern size 14 & 16
And last spring an unnamed creation I tied that worked great for a few weeks in late April & early May when the shallow water was stained (muddy) by rain but warming up. Lay it close to a submerged tree and 'gills, crappie, and even bass would nail it immediately!
It worked for a few weeks in the color shown, then the bite stopped as the water warmed & cleared up. But I plan to have a few tied for similar conditions this spring!
What do you use as a go-to pattern for "panfish"?