There's something to be said about the pride and satisfaction you get from fooling a fish with your very own hand tied fly. I'm still very novice when it comes to fly tying but I've found success with a few different patterns and am always working on my craft!
I primarily tie flies that I have a lot of confidence in and use regularly including Pink Squirrels, Woolly Buggers, Caddis Flies, and Zebra Midges.
Flies proven to catch cold-water species in the Midwest
Flies proven to catch warm-water species in the Midwest