Permit on a Fly

Jack Samson, Author Stackpole Books $29.95 (240p) ISBN 978-0-8117-1244-6
The Atlantic permit (Trachinotus falcatus), a member of the pompano family, spends part of each day in deep water; during the incoming tide, it moves up on the flats to feed on small crabs. A permit can weigh as much as 50 pounds. Easily spooked, the wary creature is the ultimate challenge to fly fishermen. Samson, former managing editor of Field & Stream and author of Saltwater Fly Fishing, takes us from the Bahamas and the Florida Keys to Belize, Honduras and the Yucatan peninsula in search of this elusive fish. He gives here an engaging account of his adventures in locating, hooking and landing a permit on a fly--then releasing it. Colorful guides and fellow anglers add to the story. Samson offers advice on tackle and technique; an appendix gives information on tying flies for permit. A treat for anglers. Illustrations. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 04/01/1996
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