Permit are loved and hated by fishermen the world over and the Indo-Pacific is considered to be the holy grail of flats species. There is no more a tricky species to catch on a fly than the permit. They form the pinnacle of the trilogy of grand slam flats fishing, with the other species being the bonefish and the tarpon. If you are wondering why they are so tough to catch, just look at those eyes! In fish terms, they are massive and located very close to their mouths. Any flies crossing their path are going to be closely scrutinized before more often than not being rejected. The key to permit fishing is finding a happy fish!
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You can fly fish for Indo-Pacific permit in: Seychelles, Oman, St Brandons.
You will want a 9 or 10 weight 9 foot rod paired with a good saltwater reel and a floating tropical line.
The fly selection for permit is simple. A crab, but not just any crab, a crab that looks very much like a local crab. This is the only way you will get your fly past their scrutiny.
Specializes in saltwater fishing and big game hunting.
Senior Program Manager
Specializes in Seychelles and Mexico's Yucatan fishing programs.