PERMIT "FLY FISHING": sight fishing the flats

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I have been fortunate to catch "9 permit" while fly fishing.

"5 permit" I caught fly fishing right here in "Islamorada" - let's get some more photos up in here!

"4 permit" I caught fly fishing down in Mexico
while I managed a fishing lodge there for a season.

I can guide you to your dream "permit on fly rod" right here in Islamorada - The "Holy Grail" of saltwater fly fishing!

Three permit while fly fishing !!!

makes for an

incredible, Islamorada afternoon.

My first cast of the year (after returning from 2 months of surfing in Costa Rica), I hooked this permit which was one of a pair. It weighed 14-lbs.

Once I got it to the boat, I knew this was a good omen for the year, but I had no idea I would catch another two that afternoon.

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The second permit on fly rod that afternoon. It only weighed 4-lbs, but still a permit.

I was fishing with my wife. We had returned to the area I had been fishing that morning with a client on a half-day trip.

That morning we had seen maybe 200 permit. That afternoon we saw about 250 permit.



The third permit on fly rod that afternoon, 9-lbs. (weighed).

It is also my "ninth permit on fly".

I like to think I could have caught more, but the sun was getting too low and I could not see the fish.

There is always that next "nut to bust."

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My sixth permit on fly. It weighed 17 lbs. and was released. This was the second permit on fly I caught in the keys.


The following 4 permit I caught fly fishing down in Mexico
while I managed a fishing lodge there for a season.

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My first permit on fly (est. +15 lbs.), caught from the shore at Ascension Bay, Mexico. It was tailing along the shore and rocks. My wife and I managed the lodge down there for one season.


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Fourth permit fly fishing (est. +17 lbs.) in Ascension Bay caught with Ted Johnston. We were fishing by ourselves.


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Releasing my second permit on fly rod (est. 12 lbs.).

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 My second permit fly fishing, about 12 lbs., caught right in front of the lodge while all the clients were out looking for them an hour or so away.


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Third permit on fly rod (about 10 lbs.)

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Striking hard with 10 weight SAGE RPLX against the third permit on fly.