After focusing on steelhead the past few years, I've come to realize that covering lots of water and fishing with a few flies you have confidence in is what really counts. I rarely stray away from my half dozen favorite standard flies. But, I've decided to spend what little money I have on spey fly materials because hey - spey flies look cool, especially in Wheatley clip box. Anyways, I'd love to hear if anyone thinks spey flies are more effective than standard patterns. It seems to me that spey flies create a more tantalizing motion to steelhead and resemble their saltwater entrees to some degree. I'd have to guess they fish well in soft water, but what about riffles or choppy water? Do you fish strictly with standard patterns, spey flies or mix it up? It seems like a lot of fly fishing authors dig spey flies but every crusty old Obewonkonobee steelhead fly fisherman I've met swears by his one favorite skunk fly or leech pattern. I'm sure I'll come up with my own opinion soon enough, but I'd still love hear what anyone thinks out there. Thanks in advance.