Permit are one of the most coveted species in all of fly fishing. They are notoriously fickle and every one that you catch is to be celebrated. Most every person that considers themself a permit angler knows the exact number that they have miraculously brought to hand… I don’t know of any other species that gets that kind of respect. Steelheaders and Atlantic salmon fishermen are just as reverent, but they can’t tell you how many fish that they have landed in their life. This game is not for everyone though… There may not be a more difficult and challenging fish out there to fool. It takes dedication, time, lots of shots and the ability to accept the refusals and keep your confidence high and maintain the belief that the next time will be different. Dedicated permit anglers will be happy as can be landing only 1 fish for a week, while refusing to cast at anything else. They are sickos, but that’s what it takes and that is what this fish will do to people…

Permit feed primarily on crabs and shrimp, tailing in the shallow saltwater flats. Anglers can target them in water to 20feet, when they “float” up to the top and just kind of sit there tanning… But stalking permit in shallow water is one of the most exciting and frustrating things you will ever do. You will be hooked for life, or never want to do it again… There is very little middle ground. Bring your A game. Distance and accuracy and casting from a moving boat in the wind is the norm. And hopefully you have just a little bit of luck and some good karma on your side the next time your guide poles the skiff into position to make the shot…

Atlantic Permit:  Trachinotus Falcatus

Look for Palometa (Atlantic Permit) throughout the Caribbean: Mexico, Belize, Cuba, the Bahamas, Honduras and Florida

Indo Pacific Permit:  Trachinotus Blochii

Oman, the Seychelles, and Australia

Africanus Permit (Sub-species of Indo Pacific):  Trachinotus Africanus

Only found in Oman!

Belize River Lodge

Belize

Belize River Lodge is nestled into the rain forest just outside Belize City. It is the easiest Belizean lodge to get to, with nearly limitless flats, mangrove shorelines, and jungle rivers just a ten minute boatride away. Adult (100+ pound) tarpon are...
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Blue Horizon Lodge

Belize

Blue Horizon Lodge was the brainchild of Lincoln Westby, with the support of Will Bauer and The Fly Shop® back in November 1996. “I built it where it was because I wanted to be in the center of the best permit fishing in the world,” said Lincoln.
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Casa Blanca Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

Casa Blanca and its sister lodge Playa Blanca are the Caribbean`s premier fly-fishing lodges. Located on the private island of Punta Pájaros, Casa and Playa Blanca feature the closest access of any area lodge to the famed flats of both Ascension and...
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Copal Tree Lodge

Belize

This deluxe jungle lodge represents the finest accommodations of any of southern Belize's hard-core permit destinations, and has some of the best facilities for non-anglers and eco-tourists as well. The southern region of Belize around the sleepy town of Punta Gorda remains relatively un-impacted by tourism.
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Cosmoledo Atoll

Indian Ocean

Cosmoledo is one of the most remote fishing destinations in the world, situated 560 nautical miles SW of Mahe, the capitol and main island of the Seychelles. The atoll is situated a stone’s throw away from the world heritage site of Aldabra, which is often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.
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Crooked & Acklins Trophy Lodge

Bahamas

These shallow, firm flats are home to abundant schools of bonefish averaging three to four pounds, and a ten pound fish is a daily possibility. If you enjoy wading into position to make a precise presentation up close and personal, then this fishery should not be overlooked. It’s a wade fisherman’s dream,...
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East End Lodge

Bahamas

East End Lodge is a new flats fishing lodge located at the far end east end of Grand Bahama Island; built and designed specifically for serious flats fishermen looking for a fresh take on fishing the east end of Grand Bahama Island, one of the most famous...
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El Pescador Lodge

Belize

El Pescador is the perfect destination for both serious anglers and those looking to enjoy a combination of fishing, relaxing, and eco-touring. The lodge boasts year-round action for resident tarpon, bonefish patrol the mangrove lined shores and...
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Espiritu Santo Bay Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

ESB Lodge will finally allow saltwater anglers quick and easy access to the last frontier of Caribbean flats fishing – Espiritu Santo Bay. This fishery can provide fantastic action for all four of the Caribbean's famous flats species – permit, tarpon,...
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Farquhar Atoll

Indian Ocean

The flats at Farquhar consist of hard white sand, turtle grass, and broken coral, making for comfortable wading. Anglers can wade and sight fish to an impressive variety of species which include Bonefish, various Trevally species including the...
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Isla Blanca

Mexican Yucatan

Isla Blanca is positioned in an area that is world famous for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and other saltwater species. The flat's "grand slam" of bonefish, tarpon and permit is fairly common in this part of the world, and Isla Blanca offers a...
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Palometa Club

Mexican Yucatan

About a 3 hour drive south of Cancun, on the oceanside beach of the little fishing village of Punta Allen sits the Palometa Club. Its location is perfect for searching Ascension Bay for the fish it is famous for; Bonefish, Tarpon and the lodge's namesake...
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Pesca Maya Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

There are few areas of the world where there are as many square miles of shallow water flats as there are in the Mexican Yucatan. And right in the middle of it is Pesca Maya Lodge. It has been there for 25 years, with a view of the Palancar reef, which is...
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Playa Blanca Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

Playa Blanca is a beautiful full service resort located on a secluded white sand beach with several guest bungalows and a central lodge for meals, meetings and cocktail hours. Playa Blanca is located 10 miles south of Casa Blanca (its sister...
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St. Brandon's Atoll

Indian Ocean

If wading and sight casting to double digit bonefish, gloriously finicky Indo-Pacific Permit and a host of Trevally species on powder white sand flats in the Indian Ocean appeals to you... then look no further. St Brandons is a group of over 50 small...
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The Delphi Club

Bahamas

The fabled Marls on the west side of Abaco offer more than 200 square miles of backcountry bonefishing flats, just minutes from the lodge. This is a massive complex of islands, channels and flats that are home to more bonefish than you can imagine. South of...
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Tarpon Caye Lodge

Belize

Tarpon Caye Lodge in Belize is a saltwater fly fishing camp custom-tailored for the serious flats fishermen and, more specifically, hardcore permit fisherman. The location is perfect, as you are never more than a short boat ride to the permit flats.
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Turneffe Flats Lodge

Belize

On the seaward side of the largest and most biologically diverse atoll in the Caribbean Sea is built one of the most beautiful and complete lodges in Central America; Turneffe Flats Lodge. For over 20 years it has evolved from a few "rough" structures...
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Zapata

Cuba

Fly Fishing the Run's operation in San Lozaro, fishing the Cienaga de Zapata National Park just outside of the Bay of Pigs, is exactly what we've been looking for. Over the past few years, we've seen a huge influx in interest from anglers curious to explore the...
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