No man is more set-in-his-ways than an old fly-fisherman. I’m proud to think of myself as a pragmatist. I like to catch fish and I like using fly patterns that have proven that they catch fish. Don’t get me wrong, I fish soft-hackle flies, chironomid patterns, parachute patterns, boobies, etc. but I also think we don’t need fly boxes bulging with a hundred different flies. Here is a link to my favourite five flies that I would classify as old-time wet flies that have proven to be consistent producers.