I've always wondered, why did the classic winged wet fly fall out of favor? All of those wonderful patterns in Ray Bergman's classic "Trout" didn't get there by accident, did they?
Soft Hackles have still been fished with consistency to no surprise but I'm talking about the quill or flank feather winged wets.
Right after the casting streamer this is probably my favorite type of fly fishing. I like to fish them on an old Fenwick fiberglass 6-weight I own with a nice slow action and it's a lot of fun.