Permit are finicky, picky, bad-attitude kinda fish. They're known for challenging feeding habits, unnecessary pickiness, and humbling elusiveness. That's part of the reason anglers focus so much time, energy, and resources to catch one on a fly rod. A Perm on a fly rod is like a badge of honor in contemporary fly fishing. If you're tuned in to the Permit scene and are ready to start traveling to target these addicting fish, check out our Mexico Permit lodges here.
If you already have a trip planned, most operations require you to bring your own terminal tackle. We've covered the best fly rod for Permit, the best fly reel for Permit, and the best fly line for Permit. To round out our Permit-based blog posts, let's discuss the BEST flies. We've caught over 20 Permit on the fly and have chosen the flies that we use... they work! If you're looking for other flies for Mexico, check out the best flies for Mexico, broken down by species, here.
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Yes, I know it's a shrimp. In fact, I've listed a few shrimp patterns here because, truth is, Permit eat shrimp, too. Depending on the scenario it's always wise to have a few shrimp in your Permit box. Plus, if Bonefish pop up you'll be ready.
The Squimp is a great crossover between a shrimp and a crab. The rubber legs provide great movement in the water and this fly kicks up sand beautifully. A commotion in the sand is sometimes (if you're lucky) all it takes to fool a Permit.
While the general crab patterns are highly effective, sometimes it pays to have a more lifelike fly. The claws and eyes make the EP Fleeing Crab a must-have for those picky fish that are used to seeing the real thing.
Developed in Cuba, the Avalon Permit Fly is a crossover between a crab and a shrimp. The beads create a clicking/rattle noise in the water that triggers angry strikes from Permit. Strip set and hold on tight!
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