Ask fishing guides to name their favorite lures and most sigh, then grumble, then inevitably utter some variation on the words, “That’s tough, because it all depends on the conditions.” But deep down, all guides–regardless of sponsorships, endorsements, or free lures showered on them by manufacturers–know the patterns that will get them hooked up on their home waters anytime. They all have standbys that get it done come rain, wind, or dirty water. So we found and grilled 28 top guides throughout the United States and Canada and got them to reveal their absolute favorite lures in four categories for seven species–and even tell us how they use them. It’s a lot of info, and it’s all here. Read it, then check your gear–and we’ll see you at the tackle shop. Click on a species below.