All I've ever used were minnows and jigs, and I've had good luck with both if the fish were there. Some folks say that the color of the minnow can help you catch more, but I don't know that it matters much. Not for me anyway. When I'm jigging I always have the best luck using jigs with a red head and white or chartreuse tail. Last spring I tried some bumblebee-looking flies I got at Gold Creek bait shop, and did pretty well on 'em.