pikeflyguy2, good post! I also like deerhair bugs, and have a box full of them, but really don't use them enough. The only exception is Dahlberg Divers, I use them.
I got away from the bugs because they'll waterlog after awhile, and other materials just float longer without adding floatant. You're right though, they will hold on to them.
Another great (although seemingly unlikely) top-water pattern is the "Madame X" dry fly, in #4 or #6.
I've found that most of the big western style dry flies work well on Smallmouths. They're not usually very particular, and agree that anything on top is more fun than below.
But again, I prefer the patterns tied with foam, primarily because they float longer without floatant, something I don't usually carry with me because I don't fish with standard dry flies much at all.
I recall seeing a Madam X version that is tied with a foam body, so would certainly use it! I've got some big western Salmonfly (adult Stonefly) dry flies in my Smallmouth boxes, but really don't even know what the pattern is called. They have a foam body, a cut foam material wing, rubber legs, hackle & some deer or elk hair in the wing. I bought a few to copy, because they looked like they would work well as Smallmouth flies!
I also like some of the big flies that the Steelhead & Salmon guys use. Intruders & MOAL type flies in particular. Smallmouths will eat them as readily as "standard" Bass flies, sometimes even better because in the places I fish, I doubt they see such flies. (No Steelhead or Salmon in MD streams!)
I expect that would be the case in many other Smallmouth streams around the country as well.