All I Need is One Good Cast for Permit

by | Apr 22, 2023 | fly fishing for permit

FFII’m here in Punta Allen, Quintana Roo Mexico at Grand Slam Lodge.  I’m dual hosting this trip with friend Patrick Berry for Fly Fishers International.  Pat is the president of FFI.  Not only is the FFI one of the leading organizations on teaching the art of fly fishing, but also huge on conservation for all fish species on all waters worldwide – both reasons why I’ve not only been a member, but also an ambassador for several years.


Grand-Slam-LodgeThe guests on the trip are a variety of top FFI members and donors.  Pat came up with the idea to get these folks together to meet on a fishing trip.  A trip they would pay for but it would include he and I as the hosts.  Being my relationship with Yellow Dog Flyfishing, it was an easy one to put together and within a day after Pat offered the trip to Grand Slam, it was booked.


flats-fishingDespite missing a day because of my “Monsoon Currier” issue, I made it last night and met everyone at dinner.  Its neat group of people.  Today I was so pumped I got up very early and walked the beach around the lodge.  Then I had the pleasure of fishing with Doug Silver from Colorado.


Doug-SilverBeing I’m a guy that likes to fly fish for any species, I told Doug to make a fishing plan with the guide and I’d go with the flow.  Doug and our guide Louis chose to hunt permit.  I was surprised but as you can imagine, delighted.


Yellow-Dog-FlyfishingAfter a scrumptious breaky, Doug and I met our guide (Louis) and guide in training (Mario) at the dock.  The entire group leaves around 7:30.  Doug has been fly fishing for a number of years but fairly new to saltwater fly fishing.  Yesterday he species hunted and nailed his first barracuda’s on fly as well as several types of snapper.  He chose to hunt permit today because they ended yesterday seeing a huge school of permit.


permit-fishingSure enough, after we left the dock we started looking for the permit school they saw last night.  We polled a deep flat (8ft deep) and I could see Louis and Mario scanning the deep water.  Doug was posted on the bow.  This wasn’t your dream shallow water flats permit situation but a permit is a permit.  And honestly, just because you find a school of 20 permit mulling around in deep water, doesn’t mean they will eat your fly.


Soon we found them.  It took about 45 minutes but in no time Louis and Mario were positioning Doug for a cast.  They got him in range but the wind was in his face.  Tossing a heavy crab into the wind is tough no matter who you are and after a few minutes of trying, Doug told me to grab my rod.


saltwater-flyfishingMy torn rotator cuff isn’t on my casting arm.  But during my first hour in the boat I learned just how much I grab on to things with my left arm in order to move around a boat.  I was slower than normal getting my permit rod out and making way to the bow.  But I made it, and the permit where there so I went to work.



It’s a good thing I got my casting up to par in Oregon last month because this was a tough one.  Its intimidating enough when you can see the black tails of permit.  Then toss in a steady face burning 20 MPH wind, it’s challenging.  I made a couple mediocre casts with no results and then the hovering permit school slipped away.


We didn’t lose sight of the perms however.  Louis polled hard to get me another shot.  Eventually we were on them again.  In my mind I was thinking about how I almost gave up on this trip two days ago when stranded in Duluth, Minnesota however I convinced myself this “two day fishing trip to Mexico” would all be worth it if I got several casts to permit.  This was it.  I launched a good cast.


permit-fliesI had on the Camo Crab.  I’d have preferred to toss a shrimp pattern in these conditions but the guides preferred the crab.  Sure enough a fish sunk down from the school obviously following my sinking crab imitation.  I slowly stripped.  I felt a thud and strip set.  The entire school blew up and ran for dear life.  My fly line didn’t follow.  No fish.


permit-fishI think that my fly line hit one of the swimming permit and I felt him and set and that’s what spooked the school.  Louis on the other hand claims he saw the permit eat my fly.  I’m not sure he’s right as I saw my Camo Crab sink out of sight.  But there was a permit behind it.  Who knows?  What I do know is neither Doug or I cast to a permit again all day!


Grand-Slam-LodgeWhen you fish for permit you often get skunked and that’s exactly what happened.  I’m not sure Doug realized how difficult permit are to fool but he got a true experience fishing for them today.  Fish or not, we had an absolute blast fishing together.


Yellow-Dog-FlyfishingGrand Slam lodge provided us a fun and relaxing evening.  After a hot shower we enjoyed snacks and beers.  Then they fed us a fantastic dinner.  We’ll be back after it again in the morning.



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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!