Currious what really old patterns you guys still use or have just learned about. During an early season outing this year I was taking a beating by the skunk. Fishy looking fishable waters and nothing, not even a bump. Out of desperation I tied on a gold ribbed hare's ear. Hadn't fished one of these in years. It was the first fly that I ever caught a fish on and one of the first I ever learned to tie so, on it went. Didn't turn into the best day ever but it shook that skunk off. The next time out on the water it was the first fly out of the box and it caught fish. Today I had a chance to get out and I tried one with a slight addition, folded over partidge legs under the wing casing. It worked well. Did a little research and one source states it's one of the oldest flies ever. Don't know about that but the thing catches fish. No idea why I ever stopped using it and wonder what other ancient patterns I'm missing out on.