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Tag: permit

Possible New World Record Permit Caught

According to USA Today, there might be a new world record permit on the books. Kathryn Vallilee, who was fly fishing in Key West, caught a 21-pound permit on 6-pound tippet. She submitted an application to the International Game Fish Association, and says she expects the world record application will be approved in a few weeks. Vallilee caught the permit...

Belize Buffet: Tarpon and Permit Fly Fishing

Belize reveals its amazing tarpon and permit fishery to us! Phil and I had one of the most outstanding saltwater fly fishing adventures with El Pescador Lodge based in Belize. Each day we targeted tarpon, and each day we jumped and landed multiples. We were presented with many shots at feeding permit each day, and a handful of other flats species. This...

Help BTT with Juvenile Permit Research

Juvenile permit are difficult to locate in the Florida Keys. The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust has current research focused on tracking these 4 to 14 inch fish, which “might be absent because the habitats that those size fish use are becoming degraded, and as a result, there are less of that size. Or, we haven’t yet looked in the right places for them....

Patience, Focus, Persistence: A Report from Turneffe Flats

The moment I decided to commit to a permit-specific trip, I began to wonder about everything I heard and read about the fish: those who have logged considerable "permit hours," and how they’ve all pointed out to expect the unexpected. If there’s a species that will not conform to a behavioral pattern, this is the one. Turneffe Flats Lodge is located on...

El Pescador: Traveling Into A Fishing Dream

My mom barged into my bedroom telling me to get my stuff ready. Groggy and still awakening from a dream, I didn’t know why she was making a fuss. It was barely daylight. And then reality hit me, as if on Christmas morning knowing that Santa had arrived with gifts. My first panicked priority was double checking to make sure I had my fishing gear and...

Fly Fishing Jazz: “Good Bait”

THE PERMIT CRUISED into the shallows, and I knew right away it was big, because it glimmered under the surface like a shiny trash can lid. Florida flats guide Bill Curtis was on the poling platform; he just pointed to make sure I had my bearings, not saying a word. I made what I thought was the perfect cast—a 60-footer that plopped the crab fly two feet...

Jonathan Marquardt

"I started BadAxe Design at my wife’s suggestion.  As I sought a focus in my artwork, she suggested that I combine my two passions: fly fishing and art.  For a long time I worked primarily in oil on canvas but often wasn’t happy with the results.  Since starting BadAxe Design, I have been working primarily as a linocut block printer.  Block printing...

Adios, Señor Permit

I DON'T ACTUALLY SPEAK Spanish, but since a school of Mexican permit precipitated a life-changing decision for me, I think I should wish them well in their native tongue. That said, I never want to see another member of their species for as long as I live. I cast to my first permit in 1996, and in all the years since then, after all the long fights from...

"The Longest Silence"

WHAT IS MOST emphatic in angling is made so by the long silences — the unproductive periods. For the ardent fisherman, progress is toward the kinds of fishing that are never productive in the sense of the blood riots of the hunting-and-fishing periodicals. Their illusions of continuous action evoke for him, finally, a condition of utter, mortuary boredom...

Fly Fishing Trip Guide: Belize

BELIZE stands out as one of those remarkable fly fishing destinations that offers a large variety of fishing in some of the least spoiled coastal environments in the world — all within a short plan ride of major U.S. airports. Beyond that, it is the only Central American country where English is the primary language. Which is not to say that Belize...