This is a very exciting time for all fly fishers who chase Stripers, Dorado (both Fresh and Salt),Peacock Bass, GT’s, Roosterfish, Pike, Bass, Jack’s and any other aggressive game fish! Charlie’s Pole Dancer has become available to the masses!! Up until July of 09 I was a Rep for Umpqua Feather Merchants working for Outdoor Specialty Products and I had worked with Charlie on helping him bring this fly to the market. I have seen dozens of proto types and have been very fortunate to fish this fly all over the globe. I’m now the Simms Sales Rep in the West and now have no ties to this fly and stand to gain nothing financially from this post. I do know what kind of time, blood, sweat and tears that went into creating this fly. Congratulations Charlie, your time is here!!
This is truly a revolutionary surface fly and it has changed the way I fish. For years fly anglers chasing big aggressive game fish have dreamed of getting a fly to “walk the dog” a motion that gear fisherman have used in many popular surface lures. Charlie, after 5 + years of testing has done just that, the code has been cracked and this fly walks back and forth and large aggressive game fish can’t resist it! There’s a lot to know about this fly and it does require a bit of practice to get the fly to “dance” properly. Once the retrieve cadence along with a slight bounce of the rod tip has been mastered look out!! I have caught Barracuda, GT’s, Queenfish, Pike, Jacks, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, and All 4 of my personal best top water Stripers on this fly!!
The fly comes in 3 sizes and 4 colors. A small sz 2, medium sz 1/0 and large sz 5/0. Rainbow, Black, Brown White and Fire Tiger are the color options. The Large is a beast! It’s on a 5/0 hook, and helps lure the biggest fish to the surface. It’s important to note that the large is not for everyone. It does require excellent casting skills and the right equipment to move this giant around. I personally use a 1090-4 Sage TCX with an 11wt Rio Outbound Short. The Rio OBS is a crucial component to casting this fly at longer distances. I know there are others that prefer slightly different set ups, but that’s what I like personally. Also, it’s important to note that when fishing the large, a heavy fluorocarbon leader enhances the action of the large fly by dragging the tip of the fly down. The medium is much more manageable for the masses and is a dream to cast on 7-9wt set ups. It does not have the buoyancy of the large and actually does better with a standard nylon leader. John Quigley’s and Leo Gutterres’s furled leaders do aid in the turnover of the fly and you can attach whatever tippet required to the front of them. Both the medium and large have rattles buried within the foam head. The small does not have a rattle. The small can be cast on 4-6 wt rods effortlessly.
Charlie, thank you for contributions to the sport of fly fishing and to my fly box!! You’ve been responsible for several of my fondest angling memories and you’ve created some absolutely amazing flies, and to me the Pole Dancer is your Master Piece!!
Congrats my friend!
I can’t wait to see what you up your sleeve next! Here are a several photos of the PD’r in action!!
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