Traditional flies, and methods are still alive, and very much kicking all over Scotland for brown trout. I do carry lures when going for a day at the 'bows, but they are a last resort, and by the time I tie one on the cast, I am admitting defeat. I would rather use wets, dries, and buzzers for the 'bows.
Wouldnt say the Octopus is very old, I think its more like a traditionalists Blob. Seen guys swear by them on slow sinkers fished on the tail for others it was on the dropper. For me i fished it on a floater and on the top dropper with a bumble or a green peter behind it and a dabbler etc.. on the tail. Always did well late in the season at least it brought a few trout up
Theres so many variations now what type do you use ?. Some folks say they dont catch fish like they used to,,but err i dont seem to think the trout know that one
The most effective flies on my little bit of river are a Wickhams Fancy, Invicta and RedArsed Green Peter, all fished slightly up, drifted and then finishing down and across. The RAGP even worked in Slovenia and the Invicta in Pennsylvania.