Scott Lewis from Alpha trout outfitters (http://www.alphatrout.com/) gives his take on the Rat/Squirrel Pole Dancer fly. Centered around creating a “Walk the Dog” action of a topwater Zara Spook.
“The Pole Dancer, an Umpqua fly by Charlie Bisharat, is a really neat fly that I’ve played around with & modified some. So far I’ve changed the head to make the fly ‘walk farther’ (it ‘walks-the-dog’ like a Zara Spook), but all my prototypes so far have been baitfish imitations for stripers, such as a Shad or a Rainbow Trout (see pics). Don’t let the pictures fool you–the head of this fly is highly-tuned & has very-specific features that are matched perfectly to this exact hook, so that the fly hangs in the surface & walks back & forth when retrieved. This time I’ve changed the fly from a baitfish imitation into a rat or squirrel imitation. ”
“After a few of these, I decided to make a darker version for night-time fishing, and then I added some fur & some legs, and eventually the fly morphed into a large Rat or Squirrel version of the Pole Dancer. These flies are in size 6/0 only. Here are some pics:”
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