Permit have the uncanny ability to look like anything an angler might encounter on the flats. If you’ve ever pursued them, no doubt you have launched a hero cast to a feeding fish, crouched down and then stripped with intent only to realize your target wasn’t a fish at all. However, when an actual permit does appear, something happens inside of you. Your blood begins to run fast, your knees begin to quiver, and everything on your mind disappears — everything except that fish. Permit rank as one of the most special species a fly-angler will ever come across, and all around the globe, they completely live up to their elusive, finicky and wise reputation.
This has attracted fly-anglers since the beginning of the sport, and even though many years have passed since that time, we still don’t know much at all about this great fish. But thanks to a brand-new tagging effort initiated by Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and backed by Costa Sunglasses, valuable data has started to trickle in that will help us better protect the flats species that we love to hate. Project Permit is in full effect.