Permit can be one of the most frustrating fish on the planet to hook on a fly rod. The right cast combined with a perfect strip can often lead to a refusal. And more times than not that could be your only shot for the day if not for several days. Despite the odds of hooking a Permit, fly anglers from around the world spend countless amounts of money pursuing these finicky game fish. Over the last several years we have traveled to numerous Fly Fishing Destinations trying document anglers successfully landing a Permit on the fly. Our most recent trip was to Southern Belize with the incredible guides of Blue Horizon Fly Fishing. We had read that this was the mecca of Permit fly fishing but were skeptical due to difficult conditions encountered in the past.
The first morning everyone was excited with anticipation, we loaded the Pangas with camera gear and were on our first flat just as the sun broke the horizon. As soon as the motor was turned off we saw the first of 30 tailing Permit and quickly realized that this truly was Permit Alley.
Over the course of 3 days we saw more tailing Permit than any another location we have filmed, which includes: Yucatan Coast, Remote Mexican Atolls, Northern Belize and Florida. The pancake flats that appear out of the dark blue depths are covered with life. Surrounded by deep water these unbelievably gorgeous coral bottom flats are ideal for happy Permit. As avid fly fishermen we can say with confidence that the flats off of Placnecia and Hopkins is the best fly fishing destination to catch a Permit on the fly. Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures agrees.
The current fly fishing guides at Blue Horizon have a combined 75 years of guiding experience and are lead by the “Permit Master” Lincoln Westby. We were fortunate enough to spend several days with Lincoln and after listening to his words of wisdom you quickly realize why he earned the label “The Permit Master.” With 59 permit landed personally and responsible for landing over 2000 Permit on the fly, Lincoln Westby is the utmost authority on fly fishing for Permit. We highly encourage all anglers to visit Blue Horizon and take advantage of all they have to offer. We are excited to be working with this incredible Permit Fly fFshing Operation and look forward to bringing you more Permit footage from Southern Belize.