Conform or be cast out.
Doing things in a way that is different from the herd is tantamount to questioning their manhood.
It would definitely make me feel like a girly man if you fished this season only with a hula popper.
I'll await pics.
Non-conformity is all fine and good, but there are underlying principles that mean only some things are likely to work. A topwater lure is a perfect example. We fish the bottom, because that's where most of this fish are. You can be a non comformist and fish the surface, but you'll most likely catch fewer fish, based on our common experience. In the same way, deviating far from the common approach doesn't seem likely and historically hasn't proven to be the best approach to end up with fish pics at the end of the day.
Detailed oriented subtle variations in the common approach has worked better for me over the years. Getting the combination of dropper, vs leader, vs type of lure dialed, so that fish see my lure, has proven to be more important than what color of lure, or even what lure I use. Where I have that lure is more important than anything else; no fish bites something it can't see.
I prefer not to experiment when catching is slow. If your experiment doesn't work, you don't know if it was ineffective, or if there were just no fish. When fishing is slow, I want to fish something I have good reason to believe is effective. I experiment when the fishing is good, so the experiment has a chance. For the next two weeks, I'm using tried and true. In the first week of april, I'll switch things up if I get bored.
My 2 cents, as I cross the line into 59 years of fishing the Columbia this weekend.