Practice Makes Permit

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Photo by Louis Cahill

Photo by Louis Cahill

No species challenges the fly angler like permit.

They’re smart, spooky and have great eyesight, if not ESP. Fooling one with a fly is one of the most challenging and rewarding things you can achieve in fly fishing. An accurate presentation increases your odds exponentially!
You should practice casting as much as you can before any flats fishing trip but especially before a permit trip. Accuracy is definitely more important than distance in permit fishing, so challenge yourself for accuracy during practice sessions.
You’ve heard the saying “Practice Makes Perfect”. Well I think when we are talking about saltwater fly fishing/casting “Practice Makes Permanent!”
Practice casting develops muscle memory and muscle memory lets you deliver under pressure. The more practice time you put in, the more you will get out of it. Repetition is the key. Three one hour sessions are better than one three hour marathon.
Flats fishing is a serious challenge. Mother Nature will leave you head down and humbled and usually the angler’s casting ability more than anything else is to blame. This is easy to fix. Just practice! A lot! The more the better!

Here are some things you can do to practice accuracy.

•Cast into a small rope circle from all kinds of different wind angles and distances.

•Practice with a heavy permit fly with the hook point cut off.

•Use a longer leader like actual permit fishing, to get used to the power needed in different wind conditions.

•Practice your back cast presentations.

•Practice high line speed presentations.

It makes sense to show up for your next flats fishing trip prepared. Take the time to practice and you’ll see, practice makes permanent, and practice makes permit.

Bruce Chard
Gink & Gasoline
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3 thoughts on “Practice Makes Permit

  1. Glad to see Bruce as a regular contributor as I have learned a lot from him on his series of videos from South Andros…he knows his stuff

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