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Permit Fly Fishing Holidays

Saltwater fly fishing for Permit is extremely challenging and the odds are often stacked against the intrepid angler. Wind, sun and the erratic nature of Permit all conspire against fly fishermen in their quest to tail one of these majestic fish. We can think of no other fish that is so difficult to predict, to understand and worse still, to deceive.  These mystical Permit can be found in waters around Belize, Bahamas and Seychelles, to mention a few.

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Tour code: BEL003  

For customers who are looking for a unique experience when coming to Belize, Twin Centre’s is one of our most popular trips; you start at San Pedro and finish at Water Caye, giving you some of the best Tarpon, Bonefish and amazing chances at Permit that can be found anywhere.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: March to November

From: £5,078 per person including flights

Tour code: SEY001  

A true paradise where one can wade and sight fish to an impressive variety of species such as, Bonefish, Trevally including the ferocious Giant Trevally, the finicky Permit, Triggerfish, Bumphead Parrotfish and Milkfish. Farquhar is best known for the sheer diversity of species it offers anglers fortunate enough to visit her shores.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: October to December & February to May

From: £9,073 per person including flights

Tour code: BEL004

This great resort provides fantastic fly-fishing and provides a great safe, exciting and entertaining destination that you can bring and enjoy with your family. The beachfront location of this resort provides several amenities for your enjoyment, whether it is arranging for a massage in the lodge massage room or a day out on the flats.

   Season: March to June October to December

From: £4,799 per person including flights

Tour code: BEL007

This luxury Private Villa is set amongst some of the most stunning scenery Belize has to offer and is the perfect location for either 4 anglers or 2 couples. We have everything at your fingertips, the best guides, boats and amenities to suit everyone. Make this your choice for your next Bonefish fishing holiday.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: April to June October to December

From: £4,833 per person including flights

Tour code: BEL006  

Turneffe Flats is one of the world’s premier flats fishing destinations combining a remarkable fishery with excellent English-speaking guides, top-notch equipment and superior service. The ability to sight-fish for Bonefish Permit and Tarpon on any given day makes Turneffe one of the few places where a Grand Slam is always a possibility.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: November to August

From: £4,635 per person including flights

Tour code: CUB001  

An angler’s paradise in the middle of stunning saltwater flats, the area is approximately 2600 square miles, a vast offshore wilderness where you will rarely see another angler, other than people in your own group. It has to be one of the best places in the world to fly fish for Permit Tarpon and Bonefish.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: All year

From: £4,981 per person including flights

Tour code: CUB004  

This is flat’s fishing far beyond your wildest dreams! The Isle of Youth lays 100km off the coast of mainland Cuba, nearly straight south of Havana. If Tarpon are on your hit list this is definitely the destination for you. There are both resident and monster migratory Tarpon just waiting for you.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: September to July

From: £4,337 per person including flights

Tour code: CUB008  

With our Cuba partners, we now have access to the exclusive fishing rights on the designated Cayo Largo Natural Reserve, which encompasses some 140 square miles of saltwater flats and channels. This has to be one of the best places in the world to catch a grand slam and super grand slam all on the fly.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: All year

From: £5,515 per person including flights


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Additional Information

Name:  Permit

Also known as: Palmetto

Scientific Name: Trachinotus falcatus

Description: Permit have a compressed body like form that gives the other species the impression that’s it’s tall and thin. They can be recognised by their elongated dorsal and anal fins, their tails are also deeply forked. They’re usually a highly reflective, greyish-silver colour, so much so that they are very difficult to see in the shallows. They have between 6 to 7 dorsal spines, 16 to 20 soft rays and sport an orange patch on their bellies, just in front of their anal fins. Permits eyes are on the side of their head to give them a good all-round vision, however, this does mean that when a fish is tailing and feeding on the bottom they cannot see their own mouth or what they are about to feed on. This is why Permit switch over to other sensors like vibration and scent when in close feeding quarters. This is thought by many why on so many occasions a Permit will see you twitch your fly chase after it, tail over it and then nothing happens, as there is no vibration or scent from your artificial fly.

Average Size: Permit can be caught in all ranges from just 1lb right through to 60lb but according to the Florida Museum, fish have been caught by other methods to 79lb. A good average size for any fly angler is a fish around 10–15lb.

Where to catch: The Permit range along the Atlantic Coast of the US from Massachusetts, all the way south to Brazil, along the Caribbean Islands and the Gulf of Mexico coast. Some of the most popular destinations to catch Permit are the Seychelles, Oman, and Mexico.

Fishing Methods: Although Permit can be caught on live crab and shrimp, the art and holy grail of catching a Permit on the fly is considered the highest accolade. Normally fishing is carried out wading shallow water where you can look for fish, once spotted you and your guide will try to get in the perfect position to take the shot. You do not get many seconds to cast at Permit so you have to make sure the first cast counts. Fishing for Permit would normally be with flies that are trying to intimidate small crabs or shrimps.

A single-handed 9ft saltwater fly rod between 7# to  9# is used with a suitable reel that can hold a floating warm saltwater fly line and lots of backing. As for flies, there are hundreds of variations and theories of different imitation crab and shrimp patterns, many that you can simply purchase in local tackle shops.

If you have any questions on any of the Permit fly fishing trips we offer then contact us in the office, our fly fishing department will be happy to help you with any queries you have or you can request a free brochure.