Like the title says, lets see and hear about your top five bass patterns. Large mouth or small mouth, just specify what and why. There's no right or wrong here, just what works for YOU
These are my top 5. (pics not my own, borrowed from google)
1) Boogle Bug Popper:
I suspect this will be #1 for many of us on this forum. Large or small mouth, a popper is one of the most exciting ways to catch bass. Ponds, lakes, rivers, it works anywhere. When they're hitting top water, you won't see me using anything else for good reason. Boogle Bug makes some of the best quality poppers I've seen.
2) Schultz's S3 Sculpin:
I mainly use these in the rivers for small mouth. The heavy barbell helps get them down and the hook up helps to stay off snags. Smallies around here seem to love them. I don't know if they mistake them for crayfish, sculpin, or a leech, but what ever it is they love to eat them.
3) Baby Bass colored Clouser Minnow:
Apparently bass like to eat their own. These have always given me decent success, mainly with large mouth. It's my 2nd go to fly if large mouth aren't hitting top water. I feel like I'm giving away a secret on this one, mainly because of the color.
4) Schultz's red eye leech:
Another great smallie fly. Weighted up front to get it down in the water column. Even effective for carp.
5) Foam spider/ant:
When nothing else is working, this is the old stand by. Smaller bass and blue gills will eat these no matter what around here. It's always good for something if I'm getting skunked.