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Permit

Permit

General Info: Permit are one of the most prized species in all of fly-fishing. They are challenging to hook, they fight like the dickens, and they look gorgeous! Permit are known as one of the four species in a saltwater grand slam. The others being tarpon, bonefish and snook. Of the four, the permit may require the most skill from beginning to end. These notoriously picky fish mostly eat crabs, and can be downright snobs when it comes to their favorite crab snack. The most popular, productive area for permit fishing is Belize, although quality permit fishing can be found in many spots around the world. Southern Belize in particular is mecca to permit fishing, and is where most anglers go if they want to exclusively target these fish.
While permit are known as being picky towards crab patterns, a prepared angler will have some select mantis shrimp patterns on hand as well. Permit do eat shrimp and will take a shrimp pattern when everything lines up perfectly. We have included some selected shrimp patterns known to be effective on permit.
Preferred Gear
Rods: 8-10wt rods are preferred. Most permit anglers use a 9wt. rod. Heavy duty, saltwater, built for distance casting in the wind with good accuracy.
Reels: Large arbor, saltwater-worthy, sealed drag, heavy-duty,
Lines: Weight forward floating, specialty saltwater flats lines.
**Photo used with permission. Chris Hildman with a nice tailing permit on the last cast of the day, Ambergis Caye, BZE. Courtesy of Josh Jablow, Driggs, ID.
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  • 24 in stock

    Adam's Bastard Crab - Fulling Mill

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    Nice crab/attractor pattern. Incredible popular with bonefish and permit fishermen. Dumbbell eyes help this pattern sink quickly and keep the ho...

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    Alphonse Crab - Fulling Mill

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    Nice crab pattern, made unlike any other out there. Braid used to make the body gives this pattern a textured look while keeping it light weight....

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    Andy Smith Bonefish - Solitude

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    Fish on flats with ground up coral along the bottom. Extremely effective when fishing for permit and bonefish. Available in two size 2 and 4. ...

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    Arculeo's Claws-Up Crab - Rainy's

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    One of the nicest crab patterns on the market. The upturned claw adds a realistic punch to it, Pearlescent sheen on the shell gives it an extra bo...

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  • 38 in stock

    Avalon Fly - RIO

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    This is one of the best permit shrimp flies around, with lead eyes for quick sinking and to keep it crawling on the bottom. The fly features a mo...

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    Avalon Light - RIO

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    The Avalon is one of the best permit shrimp flies around, with lead eyes for quick sinking and to keep it crawling on the bottom. The fly features...

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    Avalon Permit

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    Newly redesigned for 2023 per outfitter request. One of the top permit patterns.  Fly is made to enter the water and sink hook up. Sits and swi...

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    Bad To The Bone

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    As the title implies, this is a bad a** bonefish pattern. Trim rabbit and rubber legs add a ton of movement to the fly. While krystal flash and ...

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  • 64 in stock

    Bauer's Flats Crab - Solitude

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    Designed by Will Bauer for permit around Belize. Fish on flats with ground up coral along the bottom. Extremely effective when fishing for permi...

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  • 39 in stock

    Beech's Itchy Trigger - Fulling Mill

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    The Itchy Trigger is designed to catch Trigger Fish , it will sink fast and imitates a number of prey species. Fish it dead slow or 'do nothing' ...

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    Bone Doctor - RIO

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    This shrimp pattern is a great natural-looking flats shrimp with plenty of movement, and an excellent pattern for bonefish and permit that have se...

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    Bone Shrimp

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    An excellent saltwater attractor pattern with some weight to it. Lead wire is wrapped along the shank of the hook and then cover in epoxy to give ...

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    Bonefish Bitter

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    What more could you ask for in a pattern? Epoxy head, rubber legs, deer hair and chain eyes, all the right combinations to catch bonefish in the m...

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    Bonefish Bitters Hot

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    What more could you ask for in a pattern? Epoxy head, rubber legs, deer hair and chain eyes, all the right combinations to catch bonefish in the m...

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    Bonefish Buttah - Solitude

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    Designed by Kyle Shea, for catching bonefish in the Andros South. It features everything that makes a great bonefish pattern: tan hues, chain eye...

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  • 64 in stock

    Bonefish Critter--Bead Chain Eyes

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    A crabby looking pattern, has caught huge bonefish throughout the keys, excellent for permit, redfish, etc. This version has beadchain eyes for s...

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  • 50 in stock

    Bonefish Critter--Dumbbell Eyes

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    A crabby looking pattern, has caught huge bonefish throughout the keys, excellent for permit, redfish, etc.

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    Borski's Chernobyl Crab

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    Excellent natural coloration, 'bugginess' make this a favorite for bonefish, reds, etc Comes with weed guard. Size 4. 

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  • 20 in stock

    Bunky Shrimp - RIO

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    Complete with a translucent shell, the Bunky Shrimp is a big hit for bonefish in Mexico and the Bahamas as well as other tropical regions.

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  • 12 in stock

    BV Mantis Shrimp

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    Mantis Shrimp are a favorite for bonefish and permit, among others. Mono eyes, rubber legs, and an overall bugginess about this pattern keep fish ...

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  • 32 in stock

    Colby's Corona Crab - Rainy's

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    Nice crab pattern that is perfect for fishing the flats, marshes, bays, etc

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    Fight N Flee Fiddler - Umpqua

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    This little critter was developed by Anthony Janik. It works well for anything that feeds on the flats; from carp to redfish. The rubber legs with ...

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  • 64 in stock

    Ghost Rider - Solitude

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    Extremely effective when fishing for permit and bonefish. 

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  • 48 in stock

    Grab Crab - RIO

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    This crab pattern is tied with soft legs for extra tantalizing motion, and designed to land relatively softly and sink moderately fast. It fishes b...

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  • 52 in stock

    Gringo Crab - Solitude

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    Fish on flats with ground up coral along the bottom. Extremely effective when fishing for permit and bonefish.

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    Hopedale Crab - RIO

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    For those targeting winter redfish in Louisiana, this is the fly you need. Proven to entice and land multiple bulls over 30 lbs., this fly was the ...

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  • 34 in stock

    Kahuna Crab - RIO

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    RIO's Kahuna Crab is designed to land softer given it's chenille body and foam carpace. The claws are made with RIO's Kauhna LT material which hel...

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    Liquid Courage - RIO

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    On some fishing days you need a little "something extra" to get you going, and RIO's Liquid Courage was designed for that day. Designed for redfish...

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    Maturda Crab

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    Great new crab pattern with extremely hard outer shell.  THE hot fly in Mexico and Belize Also excellent for the Keys 

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    Merkin Crab Deep - Fulling Mill

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    A great little crab pattern for when getting it deep or down quickly is essential. Great for those transition areas. 

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